Wow… what a year! Ok.. here’s a quick recap. I broke my back in April(25% L1 compression fracture) , healed up and raced Pikes Peak in June, then tore my AC joint the very next weekend, my first time back on a MX track in a long time. So, I wasn’t able to do any more road racing last year. I started dirt track racing last fall when my shoulder started to come around, and I swear it was like falling in love with racing motorcycles all over again! For some reason it really reminds me of racing BMX. It’s war. I love the vibe. I’m hooked.
2015 rolls around and I’m feeling good, setting goals, and putting in some work. February rolls around, and the dirt tracker was due a trip to GMDATL.com to get the forks and triple clamps straightened after a nasty get-off at DuQuoin Indoor ST in January. There’s a fun little MX track right down the road from GMD, so I went to go pound some laps on the moto bike while the tracker was getting much needed TLC. At the end of the day, I rolled out to put 20 laps in before loading up. I was feeling really quick for the first time on that bike. Going over a roller right before a right hander I attempted a pretty pathetic scrub, and stalled the engine going over the face. The rear came around, and with no panic rev it kept coming. As I was coming down I tried to get my inside (right) leg out from under the bike before impact and my toe caught the ground, twisting my ankle around and pulling my leg out sideways.
I've torn the syndesmosis in my right ankle, PCL in the right knee, along with MCL and LCL sprains. It sounds pretty bad, but according to my doctor all signs pointed to ACL/MCL tear which is a 6 month recovery after surgery. Luckily for me, the PCL is in a sheath which was left intact. So, fluid can’t get all in there and prevent it from healing back together. I did have to go in this week to have a plate and some screws put in my ankle to hold the tib/fib together allowing the syndesmosis to heal correctly.
Breaking my back wasn’t really that big of a deal physically, but it was definitely a close call, and it forced me to take a step back and really evaluate my life. Going into Pikes Peak with all of that on my mind, on top of everything that went down leading up to my run up the mountain removed any shadow of a doubt that I was made for this. Every inch of even your practice runs up that mountain is life or death. At the end of the day, it’s not just a game. There is no second down. There are no time-outs, no defense to keep you out of trouble, no regrouping at half time, and no blaming the kicker or 'bad calls'. It's all up to you to lay it down from flag to flag. It's all one thing, one play, one race. Every .001 second is just as important as the next.
Growing up racing, it doesn’t take any time to be exposed to the danger of our sport. So, you really find out whether or not it’s worth it for you pretty early on. This is what I love to do, and I have no desire to live a life putting any less than everything I am into what I love. I'm here for a good time, not a long time. No one's here for a long time.
I’m pretty bummed about all the injuries over the last year. I’ve had to miss a lot of racing, but I’ve been able to do a good bit of dirt riding, and honestly I feel better now than I ever have on a bike. I’ve been really trying to mix things up and ride in a variety of different conditions as much as possible, and getting out there with the fastest guys I can find.
There are a ton of dirt track races I’m going to have to miss next month, but I should be able to start riding again in April. On the positive side, my dad has been working on a short track/tt track at his place in Arkansas. So for the first time since I was a child I’ll be able to ride basically as much as I want, other than that whole 45 hrs. of work a week thing!
Right now I’m 100% focused on Pikes Peak in June. This year I’ll be going back under much different circumstances. I’m riding for the 2014 AMA Pro Supersport Championship winning team, TOBC Racing! We’ve got quite the team, including one of the nicest guys I’ve met, legendary dirt tracker Davey Durelle, who is also the most winning motorcycle racer in the history of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb! I didn’t know Jon or his mother, but their work ethic and dedication to doing things the right way, and growing our sport was evident to everyone at the track. I think it’s great that Michelle is going to continue to pursue and honor their dreams for the team and the sport as a whole. With or without a ride for myself, it’s great to see such a staple in the paddock continue to provide opportunities to the riders, and crew members who share this passion for the greatest sport on earth.
Shooting for staying injury free for a while as soon as I’m over this whole leg thing. I’ll be posting updates here on the site as I get going again, and some stuff on Instagram in between. @jdmosley662
Keep calm, and keep her pinned!