Making waves on the west coast is the #342 of Michael Mosiman, backed by the KTM Orange Brigade. Mosiman had an outstanding performance at the California Classic where he came home with a championship in Schoolboy 2, a 2nd in 250 mod, and a 3rd in 250 B Limited. Michael plans to carry his momentum throughout the rest of the year and land his KTM on top of the box at Loretta's. We caught up with Michael to see what his goals are and how he plans on executing them.
MP: Talk about your training regimen and what you do to prepare yourself against the competition.
Michael Mosiman: I usually ride four times a week, two of those times with my riding coach Nathan Ramsey. One of the best things about Nathan is that he goes to all the amateur nationals with KTM and he can see where I need work and where I'm doing good, which is huge. The first you have to do to get better is to look at the weaknesses. For example, at the Spring Nationals I wasn't able to go fast right out the gate drop. It took me a few laps before I started picking it up. We realized that and worked on intensity right off the bat. It paid off as I was very strong in the beginning of the races at California Classic. In the gym I work with Eddie Casillas at iCon sports gym in Temecula CA three days a week. His training in my opinion is second to none. You may not notice a difference now, or next week. But in the long run, I'm confident when I turn pro I won't have problems going 30 minutes. Most of the stuff we do, I know none of my competition is doing. In a few years when the roots run deep you will be able to pull up this interview and quote me on it!
MP: Talk about your weekend at the California classic and how everything went.
Michael Mosiman: My weekend at California Classic was solid. Between my teammate Mitchell Falk and I we took the fastest lap times out of everyone each day. I passed and beat all the fastest guys to win. There was only once someone passed and beat me. Nobody takes those facts into account, but I think there is something to be said. My final results were a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. If you follow my Instagram you'd know I had some trouble with lappers other wise the results my look a little better. Anyways it was a good week. I have had some ups and downs in the past and it was good to prove my worth to all my sponsors again.
MP: What's it going to take to carry your momentum throughout the year and bring home more championships?
Michael Mosiman: To carry momentum throughout the year it's gonna take confidence in myself, a consistent program, and stringing together good days of riding, and staying injury free. Easier said than done but I'm on a roll right now! I was told about a little over a month ago now that the team is planning for me to turn pro next year a Hangtown! I have a goal to work towards now and I think it sparked something up inside me! Hahaha
MP: How did you first get started in this sport?
Michael Mosiman: I was 3 years old, probably had all sorts of missing teeth and my Dad promised me that when I learned to ride my bicycle with no training wheels I could get a motorcycle! And I did and he held up his end of the deal, thus the addiction was started! We built a little track at my Dad's office a few miles from our house. We thought it was the coolest thing ever but looking back on it it was full goon! Haha We had hay bales lining parts of the track and everything! About a year later at the age of four I started racing at Sacramento raceway every Friday night! My parents would pick up my brother and I from school and we would stop at Safeway get some fried chicken and hit the road! I don't remember much from the racing, but I remember walking the track, and our first trailer, and getting participation trophies, and that time my brother threw a dirt claud and it hit me in the face! Hahaha Good times!
MP: You've made a ton of memories over the years, which memory stands out the most from racing over the years?
Michael Mosiman: I have so many great memories, certain battles that I've been apart of or maneuvers that I've done and the memories don't stop now! It's tough to chose just one, but I remember this battle at Mammoth with Sean Cantrell. He and I were so much faster than everyone else at the time that we were bound to get together at the front! He got the holeshot, and I was in 5th but at the top of the first hill I passed around the outside into 3rd and then down the first hill I passed 2nd and stuffed Sean semi on accident at the bottom into 1st. I held him off for a few laps, and then he had a run down the inside over the two tables before the finish. He passed me momentarily and a squared him up. Side by side going of the finish and he kept coming left into me. He continued to rail the next berm, I turned on the very beginning of the berm and drifted across the inside full sideways and passed him back into the next turn. He squared me back up and stuffed me in the next 180 turn. He lead for a lap and then I stuffed him again at the bottom if the down hill and took the checkered! My first aggressive racing experience! I'm still on a high from that day!
MP: What's your goals for this year?
Michael Mosiman: The ultimate goal is to win Loretta's and be consistently fighting for wins. The top guys are all close in speed, or capable of running equal speed so starts are going to be key. All I can say is be watching the 250 B classes at Mammoth, Loretta's and MEC! We all are fast and we all really want to win!
MP: Describe motocross using one sentence.
Michael Mosiman: One of the hardest and coolest sports in the world.
MP: You have some people helping you out, give them a shout out for all they do for you.
Michael Mosiman: There is lots of great people behind me! The whole FMF Orange Brigade KTM Factory Service Team, Dunlop, Fox, Scott, Gopro, Ethika, Stance, and huge thanks to the Motoplayground guys for setting this up!