2/8/18 - Photography provided by Dylan Brown
San Diego Supercross
San Diego was my third Supercross. After getting close to qualifying for the 250 main event at Phoenix and Oakland I knew I could make it happen in San Diego. It was heart wrenching to miss the main in Oakland, but at least I had another opportunity to make it in San Diego before the West Coast 250 series took a 6 week break.
San Diego is crazy and cool! Petco Park is located downtown and it is a beautiful stadium! But because it's downtown, the parking situation is very interesting! Our pit was about a half of a mile from the stadium and it definitely made it harder for fans and friends to come visit the rig, but surprisingly there were still a lot of people that came by! I signed autographs, took pictures and gave a young rider a broken front fender!
Practice went well! The whoops were big and long! It was all about commitment. I laid down a few good laps and qualified 28th!
In between qualifying and the night show I had a few hours to meet with friends, family and fans! I grew up in Northern California but I have been living just an hour north of San Diego since January of 2014. (Wow, it seems like it was just yesterday that I moved SoCal!) Since I've been in Menifee for a few years now, San Diego felt like a hometown race as well! I'm pretty lucky to have had two back to back "hometown" races! Before the night show my uncle cooked up burgers for everyone that was hanging around our pit area. I was able to bring a few of my friends from church to their first Supercross and also pray together with some of my friends and family before I got geared up for the night show.
Overall it was a solid day and I was looking forward to racing! It felt extra special to walk out on the track before during the night show on Saturday. My friend and engine builder Jamie Ellis walked up next to me and reminded me of how cool it is to be able to race a dirt bike in a big stadium, downtown, in front of thousands of people. Then my friend Tom Mealing walked up next to me for a pre race fist bump. Those moments were really cool to share with those guys!
I didn't get a great start in the heat race, I got shoved outside in the first turn and it put me pretty far back. But I dove inside on the next turn and made some good moves down the next few lanes. But unfortunately I made a big mistake coming out of the whoops and stalled the bike. By the time I got the bike going I was dead last... I put my head down and caught a few guys and made some good passes to get up to 13th before the race was over and that gave me 8th gate pick for the LCQ.
Looking back now I made a bad decision on gate pick for the LCQ. In Oakland I had great starts and was able to sweep around the outside of the first turn in both of my races. But Oakland's first turn had a small berm on the outside that helped with that strategy. The first turn in San Diego had a little berm, but it was set up differently and now I know that it would've been better to start on the inside! But I at the time I thought starting outside of the box was a good idea, I found a gate that had a good rut in front of it and I went with it. Again, my start wasn't good and I had to fight my way through the pack to finish 6th. I was really bummed afterwards because I knew made a bad decision on the gate pick and I wasn't stoked on how I rode throughout the race. I really wish I had that night back so I could do it again!
After San Diego the West Coast 250 series takes a long break before the first 250 East/West shootout kicks off in Indianapolis on March 24th. After that the 250 West series goes to Seattle, Washington on April 7th, Salt Lake City, Utah on April 28th and Las Vegas for the finals May 5th. I was bummed that I missed the main event and that I wouldn't be able to redeem myself at the races for a while... But that quickly changed! Check my next race report to find out what I've been up to since San Diego SX.
Thank you for reading and God bless!
Josh Mosiman #71
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