Las Vegas, NV — After a wild, no-holds barred final race of the 2017 Supercross season, Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon rider Zach Osborne has claimed the 250 East circuit championship plate. He battled back from 21st place to 7th place to finish two points ahead of Adam Cianciarulo, and claim the first points title of his Supercross career.
“[I’ve] worked my whole life to be here and a lot of people around me have, too,” Osborne said post-race. “My wife, my parents… so many people have shaped what my career is today and I can’t thank them all enough.”
Las Vegas is the annual site of the last race of the Supercross season, with this year’s race promising an exciting finish to the title. Zach, Joey Savatgy, and Jordan Smith were all separated by one point, meaning whoever finished higher in Vegas, would likely take the coveted #1 plate home. Eventual race winner, Adam Cianciarulo, sat 14 points back of the group.
Things didn’t start well in the main event for Osborne, 27, as he crashed on the first turn of the race, while his competitors left him behind. Unbeknownst to Osborne, as he was making his way through the pack, Joey Savatgy and Jordan Smith crashed—the latter of which for the remainder of the race—helping the Rockstar rider. But the task was still daunting, with Zach effectively starting his race in 21st.
“I had nothing to lose after the start,” explained Osborne. “Honestly all I could say was, ‘I’m just gonna send it,’, there was nothing else I could do. You know, when I went down in the first turn, I was disheartened and didn’t think there was any possibility I was going come back but it’s an amazing feeling.”
The hard work paid off as Osborne aggressively passed Joey Savatgy on the last turn of the race, to seal the title. “When I rolled the finish line, I couldn’t believe I had come from that far back,” recounted Zach. “I can’t believe I made that pass. I could see [Savatgy] but he was so far way in my mind and to pass him with one turn left is unreal.”
The finish in Las Vegas caps off an incredible 2017 season for Zach, which saw him take his first career win in Atlanta, with three other wins coming in Toronto, Indianapolis, and New Jersey. He finished on the podium two other races, yet an 18th in Detroit derailed his smooth sailing to a championship. “I can’t thank everyone enough,” said a visibly emotional Osborne. “This crowd was amazing and it felt like every time I made a pass they would go bonkers, so thank you guys for supporting me.”
From here, Zach won’t have much time to celebrate as the 2017 AMA Motocross outdoor season begins May 20th at Hangtown, outside of Sacramento, CA. Congratulations to Zach and the rest of the Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon Supercross riders Jason Anderson and Martin Davalos on a successful 2017 season.