Motorcycling Australia (MA) was lucky enough to chat with 2018 International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) Australian Trophy team member Joshua Strang, to see what life is like after 11 years of living and competing overseas. Strang gave MA the in’s and out’s of what keeps him motivated to succeed and what he hopes to achieve in 2018.
Where are you currently competing?
I’m in the United States (US) now, and have been here since 2007 racing the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) and Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
What’s the hardest thing about adapting to your new country?
Well it has been 11 years now so it is kind of like home, but just finding my feet here was the hardest, trying to find a good place to live and also get good results.
What do you miss most about home?
The free space, the lack of people out in Inverell and the food!
What is your preparation/training regime like?
Well its a full-time job, so it involves riding, cycling and gym. Then cleaning, preparing and keeping up with my practice bike. Sometimes it never seems to end.
What’s been a highlight for you this year?
The highlight this year has been the birth of our son Maverick, racing is a lot of fun but starting a family is a huge highlight.
What is your single most motivating force?
There is not one sole motivating force. I have raced for a long time and I still really enjoy it, so the enjoyment of it is motivation enough but there’s also providing for a family, and of course good results to help keep me motivated.
Tell us a bit more about what you hope to achieve and what you have already achieved in 2018?
This year I just want to get back up to speed and finish in the top 3 each weekend. The competition has got stiffer these past few years, so I have to work hard to keep up front. I also want to finish on gold for Australia at the ISDE in November.
What’s your strangest overseas experience been so far?
I don’t think anything too strange, I like to see new things so it was all interesting in the beginning. The rules over here are a lot more relaxed in racing and in general, so some of those experiences have been good.
Do you have a special message for your fans back home?
Just to enjoy racing and riding your bike. Everyone started riding to enjoy it and that’s how it should stay. Some people get caught up in it all and don’t see the bigger picture.
Favourite thing to do besides motorcycling?
I enjoy cycling and some hunting. Now I also enjoy just hanging out with my wife and kid when I have some down time.
Describe yourself in three words.
Quiet and hard worker.