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Watch Nate Adams in a GoPro Kind of Day

The folks over at GoPro have released a killer video of FMX rider Nate Adams, following him throughout a day riding his bike. The Dragon athlete showcases signature tricks and moves that show why he’s a 19-time X Games medalist and legend of the sport.

For more from GoPro, check out their YouTube channel here. For more from the Dragon FMX riders, follow them on Instagram: Josh Sheehan // Destin Cantrell.

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Jason Anderson grabs 2nd at Monster Cup Supercross

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It’s been a while since Jason Anderson has raced—he had season ending surgery in August—but he came back and made sure everyone knew he was back. The big story was Marvin Musquin winning the Monster Million, but it was great seeing Jason back so quickly, showing he’s still one of the best in the 450 class. “Last night was fun. Time to look ahead,” Jason succinctly put on Twitter about the night.

More to come as videos come out, but congrats to Jason and the Dragon partnered Rockstar Husky racing machine.

For more on the racing and results, visit RacerX.com. For more from the Dragon motocross riders, follow them on Instagram: Jason Anderson // Zach Osborne // Michael Mosiman.

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Zach Osborne grabs 2nd overall in at MX of Nations in England

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The 71st running of the storied Motocross of Nations (MXoN) ran this past weekend, with Dragon’s Zach Osborne representing—and captaining—Team USA. Hot on the heels of his second consecutive Championship win in August, Zach was in peak form and performed the best of the underperforming US team. Osborne ended up taking 2nd overall in the MX2 category at Matterley Basin, ENG, with a podium performance in his second Moto.

“Overall [I’m] happy. It was a great experience,” Zach told RacerX’s Open Mic. “It was tough conditions for anyone today. It’s something we don’t see a lot in America. I hope to have the chance to come back again and get a little revenge. I think [sic] personally I rode well. In the second moto today I felt like I rode really, really good. Yesterday I felt like I rode really well also. It’s a tough race to win. It was going to be tough from the get-go for us period. So, it’s a bit disappointing but at the same time we can’t be too bummed.”

Osborne finished with a 10-3 stat line on the weekend, and while it pales in comparison to his 2017 results, he can walk away with his head held high. “All in all a great experience and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be here and ride for Team USA,” Osborne put.

For more on points, results and races, visit RacerX.com. For more from the Dragon motocross riders, follow them on Instagram: Zach Osborne // Jason Anderson // Martin Davalos // Michael Mosiman.

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Ryan Sipes wins his first GNCC race

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A long time coming, Dragon’s motocross rider Ryan Sipes has won his first GNCC Overall in the XC1 class, at Mountaineer Run in West Virginia. “After four years of trying and to finally get here, this feels amazing,” wrote Ryan Sipes on his site about the win. ” I’m really proud of this one because it did not come easy and I’ve worked my tail off to learn off-road racing.”

The former Supercross and Motocross competitor has been cutting his cross country and off-road teeth on the GNCC and Full Gas Enduro circuits this year, with some solid success. “I’ve now won a Pro Supercross, ISDE, a National Enduro, and a GNCC,” Sipes said. “[It] feels good to check that last box.”

Follow Ryan Sipes on Instagram. For more on Dragon’s premium products, visit dragonalliance.com.

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Matt Tifft grabs 3rd at Road America despite crash

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Driving in Joe Gibbs Racing’s Dragon Alliance Toyota, 21-year-old NASCAR driver Matt Tifft managed to finish in 3rd place at the Johnsonville 190 at Road America, after leading late in the race before being spun out by the eventual race winner.

“Well I mean, obviously no matter what it’s tough,” Tifft said of the spin out. “You could see there he got a little bit free underneath me. We were really struggling on old tires. I don’t know if he had newer tires there or he just had a lot of speed there at the end, but we were struggling in some of the breaking zones – just getting some wheel hop and stuff, but our Dragon Alliance Camry was awesome today.”

In addition to coming close to winning his first Xfinity NASCAR race, Tifft earned valuable points towards a playoff berth.

“Obviously it’s still good to get a third place out of this, but man, you want the first win so bad,” Tifft said of coming close. “…You’re furious at first for being taken out, but then you know you just got to be able to put it behind you and move on. Like I said, our guys did a great job today and gave me a great car and gave me a great strategy to go off with. We’ll just keep plugging along like I said. It sucks, but we’ll get a win here soon.”

Tifft and the rest of the Joe Gibbs racing machine will move on to Darlington Racewat for the Sports Clips VFW 200 this weekend. For more information on Matt Tifft and the number 19 car, follow his Instagram feed.

Zach Osborne wins Ironman to end Pro MX season

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The celebration may have started last week in Mechanicsville, but Zach Osborne kept the party going at Ironman MX in Indiana to cap off an incredible season. The Dragon motocross rider finished the last race of the year with a 1-1 performance to take the overall win and cement this season as one for the ages.

“It was a really good day,” Zach succinctly said. “I finally figured out some stuff with my starts this week.”

Zach mathematically locked up the 250MX Championship last week, but the season wasn’t over. When asked if he would taken this weekend’s race easy, he explained:

“I’m not a turn it down a notch kind of guy,” Zach said to the press. “I like to send it, so I go into every weekend with the same attitude.  I’ve had to battle from a lot of bad starts this year so I haven’t had to many times where I’m able to say, ‘Let’s cruise it in for a 2nd [place] or whatever,’, it was always fighting tooth and nail for everything I could get.”

While he may have been fighting for every pass and to overcome every bad start, Zach’s points painted a different story, one of consistent domination. The Rockstar-Husky racer had overall podiums at 11 of the 12 stops this season, and finished the season 81 points ahead of the next competitor—of more than three moto’s worth.

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One more notch for Zach’s belt, he locked up the Constructors’ Championship for Husqvarna in the 250 class, despite not having a 250 partner for weeks, with rookie Michael Mosiman undergoing shoulder surgery after a successful start to the season.

This concludes the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, with Zach claiming his second championship plate of the year, the first coming in the 2017 AMA Monster Energy Supercross series that concluded in May.

Up next, Zach will take a week off, start training again, and represent the stars and stripes at the MX of Nations in England. This will be Osborne’s first time, and first time being team captain.

For more on points, results and races, visit RacerX.com. For more from the Dragon motocross riders, follow them on Instagram: Zach Osborne // Jason Anderson // Martin Davalos // Michael Mosiman.

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Zach Osborne lands on cover of Cycle News

Fresh off his title clinching performance at Budds Creek, Zach Osborne finds himself on the cover of the latest Cycle News. Hopefully he keeps the momentum going into the last race of the year at Ironman and into MXoN.

For more from Zach, follow his Instagram feed. For more from Dragon Motorsports, follow them on Instagram.

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Zach Osborne wins 2017 AMA Pro Motocross Championship

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It’s been a long time coming, but Zach Osborne is finally a AMA Pro Motocross Champion. The young Virginia-native capped off an impressive Outdoor National season to capture the 250 title at the Budds Creek MX in Maryland. Osborne finished the day with an 8-1 stat line to capture 2nd overall on the day and mathematically lock up the Championship a race early.

“I’m one grateful kid right now,” Osborne succinctly summed up. “When I passed the mechanics area on the last lap and I saw all my people cheering… I got chills and it kind of all hit me.”

“I can’t say enough about Zach and what he’s accomplished this season,” continued Kenny Adams, Dragon’s Motorsports Marketing Manager. “Week in, week out, he’s worked his tail off to get to this point. We knew he had the heart of a Champion, and now it’s confirmed.”

With high hopes coming into the weekend, Zach’s last stop on the way to the title didn’t come as smoothly as he and his team would have hoped. The Dragon rider started the day off with a crash at the start of Moto 1, putting him at the back of the pack while rival Jeremy Martin was out in front. Zach managed to stop the bleeding and make his way back to 8th place, but had his work cut out for him in Moto 2, with a four-point buffer left to lock up the title in Maryland.

“It was tough, I was pretty distraught after that first Moto,” Zach said. “Coming in today at a track I’m comfortable with and getting 8th in the first Moto… I had my back against the wall.” The Rockstar-Husqvarna Factory rider made some adjustments and got a decent start in Moto 2 (3rd place) and put the hammer down. “It’s kind of the way of my season has gone. I’ve been down in the first turn more than once and so it was kind of fitting.” And despite a smoking clutch halfway through the race, Zach did what he’s done all year, and finished ahead of the entire pack. His results allowed him to take another overall podium, his 10th out of 11 races this season.

The site of the Championship holds a special place for Osborne. In 2016 it was the site of his first Overall MX win. And a decade ago it was the site of his infamous “Snack Pack” race where a rookie Osborne led most of the Budds Creek race before fading to 18th in dramatic fashion.

“It means a lot,” Osborne said of winning in Budds Creek. “It’s an awesome town here, and I’m in front of a lot of friends and family. It’s the same thing as my first win last year. It’s ironic and it’s fitting for the path of my career to wrap it up here at a track I love.”

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Coming off the thrilling come-from-behind victory to clinch the 2017 Supercross title, Zach set the tone from the get go. Starting the season off with two overall wins in California at Hangtown and Glen Helen, the Rockstar-Husky rider took ahold of the red plate, and never relented. Despite a slight stumble at Thunder Valley, Osborne regained his stranglehold on the lead with a pair of 2nd place finishes at High Point and Muddy Creek, which he immediately followed up with two wins at Red Bud and Southwick. And while his competitors had up-and-down performances weekend to weekend, Zach continued the barrage of results with four more consecutive podiums at Spring Valley, Washougal, Unadilla and this weekend’s Budds Creek.

“I can’t say enough about Rockstar Energy-Husqvarna Racing,” Osborne noted. “They’ve stood behind me from day one and are still behind me today. Aldon [Baker],  Jason [Anderson], Marvin [Musquin], and Ryan [Dungey]… can’t thank them enough,” he continued about his move to train at Baker’s Factory in Florida nearly a year ago.

This marks the 2nd Championship Title in Outdoor Nationals for Husqvarna, and the first in the 250cc class. While the celebration has begun in the Osborne camp, the 2017 season isn’t over as the tour has one more stop at Ironman MX outside of Indianapolis, IN. Once the MX season wraps up, Zach will be headed to the United Kingdom to captain Team USA at the MX of Nations event.

“I’m here 11 years [after] the moto that everyone knows, and to sit here and be a champion… don’t ever give up on what you believe in.”

For more on points, results and races, visit RacerX.com. For more from the Zach Osborne, follow him on Instagram: Zach Osborne.

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Zach Osborne Title Clinching Scenarios

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Dragon motocross rider Zach Osborne is in the midst of an epic season. The veteran 250cc rider already clinched a Supercross East title in May, and he’s on the verge of claiming his first Pro Motocross Outdoor title this weekend. How will it play out though?

Heading into Budds Creek this weekend, the Rockstar-Husqvarna factor rider sits 63 points ahead of second place Jeremy Martin. To clinch this weekend (one race early) the magic number is 51. With two separate races (moto) worth a maximum of 50 points this weekend, Zach has his work cut out for him. Assuming the best case for Jeremy Martin (going 1-1 and gaining the maximum 50), Zach cannot lose more than 12 points, otherwise the title chase would officially continue until the circuit end in Indiana at Ironman MX.

Zach hasn’t gotten to this place by luck. His hard work and tenacity have allowed him to average an Overall finish of 2.3 per stop, meaning he’s a podium threat and not likely to lose much ground if J-Mart goes off. Zach also holds the tie-breaker in that he’s won four overall stops, and Jeremy has two (three with a potential win this weekend). While no one wants to count their chickens before they hatch, but can Zach keep the momentum rolling and the Cinderella season alive? Time will tell, but the odds are in Osborne’s corner.

For more on the title chase, visit the Racer X standings. And for more on Zach, follow him on Instagram.