Armed with a Bike and a Dream
Follow your dreams. These three words have served as the foundation for classroom curriculum, pop songs, and commencement speeches for as long as I can remember. The phrase has become cliché, plastered on so many inspirational memes that by adulthood it seems to have lost its power. But despite its overuse, is it still worth pursuing? Is following your dreams still realistic in our modern world?
Forrest Lucas had a dream: to make the best oils and lubricants on the market. He came from humble beginnings. He built his business on sacrifice, hard work, and the relentless pursuit of perfection. It’s easy to look at what he’s accomplished today, to admire his empire from afar, and decide that indeed, dreams do come true.
But anyone who’s stood in the trenches of pursuing a dream knows that in the midst of things, convictions are slippery little suckers. You’ve got to grab them by the throat and hold on tight for the obstacles ahead.
After Thunder Valley, we caught up with a couple of kids who we’ve been hanging with at the races for the last few years: Josh Mosiman and Carlen Gardner. Both California kids. Both embarking on the Pro Motocross journey for the first time. Both armed with little more than a bike and a dream.
Josh Mosiman, 20, made his pro debut at the Hangtown Motocross Classic, qualifying 28th and going 29-26 for 28th overall. Not bad for his first pro race against the fastest 250 riders in the world. But experience isn’t summarized in numbers. Says Mosiman, “Hangtown was an awesome experience…I had a ton of friends and family there. We had our motorhome and trailer set up. We had a bunch of t-shirts with my face on them…My buddy spent like $150 on air horns, and they were all sitting in one section blowing the air horns for me. It was really cool.”
Carlen Gardner, 18, also made his pro debut at Hangtown, racing in the 450 class. Gardner says, “Hangtown was actually less nerve-wracking than all the other ones because I didn’t know where I stood so I didn’t have any expectations.” Despite a lack of expectations, Gardner went 28-27 for a solid 29th overall, and things have only gone up from there.
After going 23-24 at Thunder Valley, just a few places away from cracking the top 20, the relatively unknown privateer piqued some interest at Racer X, and they featured him in this Privateer Profile.
Mosiman also showed promise at Thunder Valley with good starts in both motos placing him in the top 20, but after a crash in the first moto and subsequent bike trouble in the second moto, Mosiman didn’t end up with the results he was looking for.
Regardless of the challenges, both Mosiman and Gardner understand that these are only the first steps on the long journey to achievement. They’ll embrace the journey and celebrate the small victories along the way. As Gardner says, “It’s just me, my dad, and my buddy who’s been helping me out… We drove our Sprinter to this one, and it’s just, privateer life. It was good though. I’m happy with how everything turned out.”
Follow Carlen Gardner on Instagram and keep up with his Pro Motocross journey when he makes a return to at the Washougal National.
Checkout Transworld Motocross’s feature on Josh Mosiman and follow him on Instagram as he continues the Pro Motocross dream with the upcoming High Point National.