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I got some seat time with Josh Osby in between practice motos as we head into this weekend off.
Longname – This being your first year up in Canada how are you liking it so far?
Osby – Oh man I love it, everyone is super awesome! The team has been awesome to work with. The people in general in Canada are sweet. It’s been a good time. I’ve been enjoying it, so it’s been good.
Longname – Have you been driving to the races and been enjoying the scenery in Canada?
Osby – The first week I stayed and last week I stayed but other than that I’ve been flying in and out. I’ll fly in a day early just to check everything and get used to everything, but other than that I’ll be flying in and out. Everybody I talk to you said check out the West Coast and enjoy the scenery, so other than that it’ll just be business now.
Longname – What was your overall take on just this past weekend at round 4 in Regina?
Osby – It was good. Obviously getting second overall is good; I got a good amount of points. Some other riders made some mistakes and put themselves on the ground. I knew that track was going to be like that from the hot lap. It was sketchy, they over watered it, which they had to do just to keep the dust down and keep the racing good. So it made for a sketchy track in some spots, and it took some good guys down. I just put my laps in and Cole was riding awesome. We got it done and got second overall, so it is good to leave Canada on a good note going into the weekend off.
Longname – What are you up to this weekend off?
Osby – I flew back to Charlotte to Club MX and got my stuff and came home. I’m all signed up to race Red Bud this weekend. No weekend off for this guy! Red Bud is close to home, it’s about an hour from my house. It’s technically my local national race. It’s nice to have some local hometown fans, so it’ll be fun.
Longname – So are you excited for the series to move to the East Coast when you get back?
Osby – Yeah I’m pumped to get on some East Coast dirt. I probably annoyed some people talking about it so much. I just can’t stress enough that I’m an east coast guy and I love the sand and the loose dirt. I just never really meshed well with hard pack tracks and I struggle with it. Obviously, the results have been pretty good and I’ve been on the podium and that’s what we want, but I really feel like I can get up there and win some races. I feel like I’m capable of doing that when I get on some dirt I like. So I’m excited to head east and we will see how it goes.
Longname – Take me through Moto 1 and your fight to get up to 2nd in Regina?
Osby – Normally my starts are awesome, but I just didn’t get the best of jumps and I was probably 7th or so off the start. I worked my way around a couple of riders and dealt with some riders that were kind of trying to go everywhere and do everything they could to stay in front of me, so that held me up a little bit more. I was watching Hayes and them, not really pull away, but getting a bit of a gap on me. Then Hayes went down. I was trying to just ride my lines because I knew the track was going to be tricky to ride for 30 mins. Then it was just one after the next. I finally got around Pettis he was kind of holding me up a bit; obviously, he had a shoulder issue so that’s a bummer for him. Then Hayes bike blew up on the face of the big triple so he was out. The next thing I know Shawn is laying on the ground. So I just pretty much put in my laps and let everybody else around me make mistakes. I ended up second in that moto so it was good. I feel like my speed was pretty good, it was just more staying on the bike.
Longname – You said the track was a bit watered down at the beginning, but what was your take on the track overall? And really all the tracks in Canada?
Osby – It’s been good. I think it’s tough for the track owners on the West Coast. I mean you want moisture on the dirt, there are fans watching so you don’t want a dust bowl, but it makes it tough on the riders the first couple of laps. Once they get to a certain point of the day you’re just watering hard-packed dirt so it’s going to be pretty much like grease for a little bit then it’s going to go back to hard-packed. So I’m sure it’s tough for them, they try as hard as they can and I appreciate the track work they do but there’s only so much you can do. But it’s been good and the tracks have been fun. Like in Calgary you can’t beat that City in the background. The pictures I’ve seen have been sick. So it’s been good, obviously, all the tracks are new to me and I don’t even know any of the areas that we’re going to, so it’s fun for me to see all the new places.
Longname – Talk to me about Moto 2. You and Shawn had a bit of a battle?
Osby – Umm a little, Shawn has been riding really well. But I think my speed will really show when we go east. I feel good on the bike, I feel fit and I’m ready to go racing. Moto 2 was alright Cole and Shawn kind of checked out on me. I was kind of riding timid and calm. When I talk to Josh (team owner and mechanic) we were in agreeance on wanting to get the first couple races out of the way and not do anything stupid. It’s hard dirt, dirt I don’t really enjoy. So we just want to get through it. Obviously, you can’t win the championship in the first few races but you can definitely lose it. I haven’t been the best guy, Shawn and Cole have been the top two guys but I’m still sitting 2nd in points (-33 points behind Cole) that just shows I’m there every weekend and every moto. I’ll just keep focused and keep it on two wheels and hopefully get in the mix here soon
Longname – Do you think coming to the east coast is the change you need to be able to push with Cole and Shawn? Or is there something else?
Osby – I don’t think that the dirt is going to be the biggest thing in the world, it’s not it’s going to change me like going from a local C rider speed to JS7 speed. I just struggled with pushing on the hard pack dirt, so it’s just something that I won’t have to deal with on the East Coast. I think I’ll just be more comfortable with it. I’m from the East Coast so I never spent much time on the West Coast. I think it will be better for my riding and I’ll be able to fight for wins with those guys.