5 Minutes with…Shawn Maffenbeier’s New Mechanic, Josh Cox
By Jeff McConkey
Erin, Ontario, mechanic, Josh Cox, has been going to the races for a long time. He is a pretty good rider in his own right but spends most of his time making sure others can go fast on the bike. He won the overall at Ulverton MX in 2014 as the mechanic for #732 Kyle Chisholm and will now embark on a new adventure in 2016. We grabbed Josh for a quick chat today after the announcement of his new gig went public.
Direct Motocross: Hi, Josh, how’s it going?
Josh Cox: Hey Jeff! Things are very good!
What are you up to today?
Today, I am actually taking some time to myself and getting some last-minute travel plans all buttoned up.
How have you been keeping yourself busy this winter?
I’ve actually been working construction helping build a cheese factory since November and recently just wrapped up with that, and now just sort of prepping for this summer.
You had a pretty big announcement today. Can you tell us the good news?
Yes! I’ve had this under wraps for over 3 months and I’m excited to be working with the Redemption Racing KTM team this summer!
What made the decision to go to Redemption Racing so easy?
It was simple, Josh Snider runs a program that I really liked. His drive and heart are unmatched and, of course, he wants to win just as bad as I do!
You’ve been at this game for some time now. Was there any one guy in the industry that you looked up to and wanted to emulate?
Yeah, for sure. I’ve always look up to guys like Chad Goodwin, Lars Lindstrom, Eric Gass , Goose and Nick Di Cristofaro. If there was one guy I really look up to it would have to be Nathan Alexander simply because of his work ethic and his drive. I met him in Toronto 2014, so that was pretty cool.
Over the years, you worked with and for a lot of racers. I’m going to say something, and you tell me who comes to mind first.
Most Heart: Jared Allison
Most Speed: Kyle Chisholm
Most Talent: Zack Deiana
Best Fitness: Jared Allison
Best Style: Broc Shury
Hardest on Bikes: Zack Deiana
Easiest on Bikes: Kyle Chisholm
So, this year you’ve got yourself a serious contender in Shawn Maffenbeier. After the last moto at RJ’s, where do you want to see yourselves?
Obviously, Shawn and I want to be on top of the podium with a championship! Shawn is putting in the long hours of riding and work and he will be ready come round 1.
Well, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. Who would you like to thank?
I’d like to thank Josh Snider and everyone at Redemption Racing for the opportunity to work with them this summer and everyone who has helped me in the past to make this a reality!