by Kyle Cowling
Former Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Chris Gosselaar came into the 2008 Supercross season with high hopes of being a title contender. Lil’ Goose made a switch from the Mitch Payton backed Kawasaki team to the newly formed Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/Honda team. Gosselaar is considered the team captain to fellow teammates Gavin Gracyk and Justin Keeney. After a frustrating stint of back luck for the Troy Lee Designs Honda rider (which featured a pre-season injury), Chris decided to take some time off so he could properly heal. Now a privateer riding under the Wonder Warthog tent in the Supercross class, Lil’ Goose is making an effort to produce some solid results in order to find himself a full-time ride for the Outdoor Nationals this season. We were curious what Gosselaar has been up to this season and what his plans are for the near future, so we caught up with Chris at the Minneapolis Supercross.
How were the first few Lites races for you out west, Chris?
Horrible. I was hurt. I broke my hand and separated my shoulder a couple of days before A1, so I was never healthy. I made an attempt at racing the first few rounds, however, I decided to sit out after a while. I wasn’t in the championship battle, so I had no reason to ride hurt and make my situation worse.
How were things on the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/Honda team?
Everyone was really cool! I enjoyed being there. It just sucks that I had to get hurt before the season started because I was feeling really good coming into A1. Other than, that the team was cool. I just wanted to have a good season and put in some solid results for my team.
How are things going on the 450?
It’s good. I’m still learning. I want to ride a 450 next year. I wasn’t ready at the first round aboard the 450. I only had a few days on the bike. By the time the second round came up I was suffering from the flu…I shouldn’t have raced then either. Of course Daytona was horrible (laughs).
What did you think of the Daytona Supercross this year?
It was horrible! It was the stupidest race I’ve ever raced! They shouldn’t have even held the race. It was one big lake, that’s for sure. I was struggling in the water.
Are you going to finish the season on a 450?
That’s what I’m planning on right now. I don’t have a ride for the outdoors, so I’m going to race Glen Helen and Hangtown. Hopefully I can do well there and I’ll pick up something for the rest of the year.