Superbikes: Royston rider Luke Mossey – I can’t wait for next season
PUBLISHED: 16:03 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 19 December 2017
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Part three of our special feature on talented Royston rider Luke Mossey after Layth Yousif paid a visit to the British Superbike rider at his home in the town to learn more about the star.
The North Herts rider took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his hopes for next season ahead of testing for 2018 in an exclusive interview.
Last season was a frustrating one for Mossey after an encouraging start, but his love of the sport is stronger than ever as Crow Sport met him before the real work starts with crucial testing in southern Spain.
Despite breaking his back last season, brave Mossey has fully recovered and is raring to go but still recalls wanting to race only a matter of weeks after breaking his vertabrae this summer.
He said: “We came back at Silverstone five weeks later. We asked the specialist and he wasn’t happy about me racing, but we went against it.
“I had a crash that weekend as well, luckily it wasn’t too big. The whole year I wasn’t going to be right until the season ended. I had it in my mind that if I have another big crash I would have been in trouble.
“We rode the last four or five rounds but I wasn’t where I needed to be. It was frustrating but I was worried about my back. I was already sorted for next season anyway so I had nothing to gain.
“It was nice to get back on my bike but I was glad the season was over now and could start preparing for 2018.”
Mossey has been working hard in the gym to keep his fitness levels in top condition, while also eating healthily.
“I do watch what I eat during the week. I have salad and fruit but when it comes to a Friday I get a curry,” he sid.
“I’m more strict during the season. When it’s off-season I’m less strict. I’ll have a beer and things just to feel normal again.”
Mossey acknowledges he is in a fortunate position and savours every minute of racing a superbike for a living.
He adds: “I know there’s kids that would love to be in my situation. I know it’s rare to get this opportunity.
“All my mates say they’d love to do what I do. Any young boy would love to be a motorbike rider.”
Mossey attended Barley School before Greneway then Meridian, but as he readily admits he was hardly ever there, so focused was he on achieving his dream on the track.
He added: “If you put a maths book in front of me I wouldn’t know what to do with it. In year nine I was out of school for five months. At the start of year 11, I was supposed to do 12 GCSEs but I got kicked out of everything!
“I wasn’t that well behaved because I had my mind on something else in school.
“Since I started riding bikes at the age of four I’ve always wanted to be a bike racer and that was it, nothing else interested me.”