Josh Fletcher began his love for motocross at just four years old. He was hooked from inception and has increasingly grown to appreciate the sport that he continues to this day. Even at a young age, Josh became hooked to the thrill of the throttle and the consistent competition at each turn. Now 19, MX never veers too far from his mind, even when he’s miles from the nearest track.
Prosperous fighting, combined with a never-give-up attitude
Around age eight, Josh had to put racing aside due to unforeseen circumstances, but he never lost sight of his future in motocross.
“My whole life afterwards, I never stopped thinking about motocross” and “always wished I was still racing. I was so young when I started. Even when I was participating in school sports, I continued loving motocross and wished to one day start back up,” Josh explained. “It was out of my control to quit racing when I was younger, but I wish I wouldn’t have stopped. If possible, out of all the bad experiences I’ve encountered, I would’ve prevented that from happening. Nonetheless, I believe everything happens for a reason. My bad experiences were learning curves that has only made me a better rider.”
Although racing was no longer constant, Josh continued to follow motocross on a regular basis. He never forgot a picture that was taken with Chad Reed, an Australian born supercross legend, when he was five-years-old. “I’ve always looked up to him. He never gives up. He’ll get hurt, but he doesn’t quit. He stays with it. He’s still racing and is one of the oldest guys out there right now,” said Josh regarding his all-time favorite rider.
On his 14th birthday, Josh received a new bike and was “overjoyed.” He instantly began riding in the woods during his free time, attempting to get back in the flow. His long awaited return to racing was only a kick start away.
The blood, sweat, and tears of racing
Motocross is an extremely dangerous sport. Like Reed, Fletcher has endured several injuries of his own. In 2014, Josh sustained a concussion at Earlywine, the nation’s largest indoor track located in Maysville, Kentucky. The following year at Fast Traxx Motoplex in Nelsonville, Ohio, he broke his foot. Most recently, in 2016, he ripped his right thigh open while practicing at a friend’s house.
On August 5, 2017, the time away from racing, the numerous injuries, and the countless hours spent practicing were overshadowed by Josh’s first ever victory at Malvern in Waynesburg, Ohio.
“My greatest moment would be when I finally won my first Motocross race. I led every single lap. After sacrificing everything, there isn’t a better feeling than seeing your hard work pay off when you’ve devoted your life to something.”
Through all the trials, tribulations, and other adversity, Josh has persistently followed his lifelong passion.
The ultimate dream, life motto, and other interest
Josh has never been shy of setting realistic and achievable goals. He understands his life purpose to the utmost extent, eclipsing pessimism by always staying focused, motivated, and confident.
When he’s not racing, Josh likes to mod cars and trucks and hit the gym. Fitness is a huge part of his life, which is no surprise considering the conditioning required in motocross.
Josh would like to race down south or out west to experience different track textures and to ride with unfamiliar competition. Most notably, he would like to race at Loretta Lynn’s track, in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. The infamous track is utilized just twice a year to bring the best amateur riders to one location.
Josh currently races the 250C and 250C open classes.
“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” When asked why this specific quote serves as his life motto, Josh elaborated further. “I’ve liked this quote because I believe it means to not let others influence you. Do what you want and believe in yourself. It’s your life. You write the story.”
The young motocross protégé plans to continue following his heart and further hone his skills, hoping to one day become the next idol of future riders. He already has followers who seek him out at races and love watching him compete. Moreover, children cherish his dedication and have a positive influence to look up to.
On his commitment to racing and life’s purpose, Josh declares, “I want to be the best I can be. I believe we were put on this Earth for a reason. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. I want to live life with a purpose, no matter how crazy it may sound to others. You have to believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams. And this is mine. This is my passion.”
Josh has tremendous support from his loving parents, Mike and Sherry, and his younger sister Chelsea.
Sherry (Mom), Chelsea (Sister), Josh Mike (Dad), Josh