CF = Chad Fletcher / JF = Josh Fletcher
CF: What age did you begin racing? Why did you begin? When did you realize it was your greatest passion?
JF: “I started racing when I was 4-years old. I raced for a few years, but had to quit around 8-years-old. 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 though I was in school sports, I still loved following motocross and hoped one day I could start back up. I got a bike for my 14th birthday and was so overjoyed. I rode in the woods and raced a few GPs until I was 16. Then, I was able to start racing as long as I got a job. I’ve been back into racing ever since I got the ok from my parents, as long as I paid for it, so every race means that much more to me.”
CF: What is your greatest/worst moments of motocross?
JF: “My greatest moment would be when I finally won my first motocross race. I led every single lap. There’s no better feeling than when you’ve given up and sacrificed everything, but devoted your life to something and you see your hard work pay off. In time, I lost most of my friends. Instead of hanging out with them, I would either be racing or in the gym trying to better myself. I gave up football, wrestling, and track in high school because I had to work so I was able to race. I’ve spent hours pushing myself so I can keep progressing. I’ve never been fortunate enough to have a track at my house or everything paid for. Everything comes out of my pocket, so that makes it so much better when you start to achieve success.”
CF: What change(s) would you make altering your past, if any, to potentially result in different circumstances today?
JF: “Changes I would make…Well, it was outta my control to quit racing when I was younger, but I wish I wouldn’t have stopped. All of the bad experiences that have happened to me…I would try to possibly prevent from happening. But I still believe everything happens for a reason and my bad experiences were learning curves for me and made me a better rider.”
CF: What is your ultimate dream? What are you doing to make that dream a reality?
JF: “My ultimate dream would be to have a factory ride and 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.”
CF: Who is your favorite motocross rider? Why?
JF: “My favorite rider has always been Chad Reed. I remember getting my picture with him when I was 5-years-old and 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 he’s one of the oldest guys out there right now.”
CF: Where haven’t you raced that you’d like to?
JF: “I’ve never raced down south or out west. I would like the different experiences with the tracks, dirt, and riders.”
CF: What are your life goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
JF: “My life goals are to achieve my dreams and never let my dreams die. On my deathbed…I wouldn’t regret the things I did in life, but what would get me the most, would be the things that I never did, if I let my goals and dreams go and never accomplished them.”
CF: Are there any mottos or quotes you’ve remembered over the years? What do they mean to you and why?
JF: “…’When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.’ I’ve liked this quote because I believe it means that…don’t let others influence you, tell you that you can’t do this, you can’t do that, etc. Do what you want and believe in yourself. It’s your life. You write the story. Prove them wrong – that you can do it – and you will do it.”
CF: What interest you aside from racing?
JF: “I’m also interested in cars and trucks and modding them out.”