Catchup Corner | Josh Gilbert

Catchup Corner | Josh Gilbert

We caught up with three time MX2 champion Josh Gilbert and discussed his year and the plan for 2021…

Three titles in three years, you could say it’s not gone to bad! You entered the pro class back in 2015, did you ever think it was possible back then to now be a three-time champion?
When I moved up into the pro class I had always hoped that one day I would be the one to beat. With the British championship being cancelled the team and I decided to do the Michelin MX Nationals again and I’m glad that we got another title in 2020. The MX Nationals did an amazing job to run a championship in the uk this year with all the crazy things that has happened!

It’s been a crazy year for you with your first year in MXGP (MX2 Class) then doing the Michelin MX Nationals as well, has racing the MX Nationals helped at all when stepping up to the World Championship?
The intensity is so high in World Championship, there’s no let up from start to finish and I tried to take that into the Fastest 40 races although it was tricky at times as the MX Nationals races are combined with 450s as well as the 250s. Sometimes it’s not worth the risk passing the 450s when they’re scored separately anyway.

We believe you’ve called it time in the MX2 class now and will step up to 450 machinery for 2021, are you looking forward to the new challenge and what’s the goals for 21’?
I’m 23 now so I age out in MX2 World Championship. For next year I’m jumping into MXGP which I’m excited about! I like riding the 450 and I feel I’ll get on with it really well. In the ACU British Championship we’re undecided yet as to do 250 or 450. If we do the Michelin MX Nationals though I’ll be on a 450 and it would be nice to fight at the front once again!