In 2016, Jake Moss tested positive for a banned substance. He was handed a four-year ban and essentially vanished from the motocross scene. In his prime, Moss rode for some of the most prestigious teams in Australia and America, including Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Troy Lee Designs Honda, Monster Energy Kawasaki. Moss tested positive for Ostarine, a SARM (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator) that mimics the effects of anabolic steroids. Moss was advised it would help with healing his leg and back on the bike to earn a living.
Jake sat down with Post Moto for a chat about his return to the sport.
“There was a decision I made, to do what I did. Yes, I wasn’t happy in my career, but I had just had two years off and not earning any money. At the time, nobody was paying me. At that time, I had just gotten my wife pregnant and I had gotten married. We were trying to buy our first house and I was not getting a pay check at the time.” Said Jake.
“I made the wrong decision. I don’t regret it. I did it for a reason. I took something to heal myself and get my family a pay cheque. Anyone would.
“I was naive. To be honest, I didn’t even know ASADA or a drug testing thing existed in motocross. We were earning less than people on the doll pretty much.”
“I don’t condone it. Any kid listening to this. I hope you learn from my mistakes. I admit that. I will take it on the chin. ‘I’ve never talked about this before in my life. Because deep down inside it hurt. To get done doing something like that and making the wrong decision at the end of my career, people think ‘oh he’s done that his whole life”.
To listen to the whole interview, click the link below from the guys at Postmoto. There’s going to be a whole bunch of eyes on these guys come round one of the MX Nationals!