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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.

Osborne and Davalos hit the podium in Unadilla

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In what was a muddy and rainy affair in upstate New York, the Dragon motocross riders took home a pair of podium performances as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Outdoor Nationals took to the Unadilla MX track. 250cc points leader Zach Osborne had an uneven day but finished the day in 3rd place overall and didn’t bleed too many points. 450cc rider Martin Davalos took home his second consecutive podium, managing a 2nd place result.

A bad start and uneven race would have doomed anyone else, but Osborne put his head down and finished in 3rd place in Moto 1. “The first Moto I just couldn’t get into a rhythm,” said Osborne. “I just struggled for rhythm, I had a really good last two laps to get third, that kind of salvaged the Moto.”

Bad starts continued to plague Zach in the second Moto, as well. “Second Moto I just didn’t get a good start but I was able to make it up to fifth.”

While there aren’t any championship stakes for Martin Davalos at this point in the season, a podium finish is still a podium finish, taking 2nd overall with an 8-2 stat line. “I think I kind of was overriding a little bit, but none of us took a parade lap so we all were taking a lot of chances,” said Davalos. “I made a lot of mistakes and got behind [leader Marvin Musquin] and I did my best to keep him close, but I also did my best to not let the guys behind catch me. It was an awesome moto.”

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Osborne lost 11 points in the title chase, but remains 63 points up on 2nd place Jeremy Martin, with a chance to lock up the 250cc Championship at Budds Creek, MD next weekend. Martin has climbed to 6th overall on the 450cc points list. Next week we see the circuit head to Maryland for the penultimate race of the season.

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

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Zach Osborne named to MXoN Team USA

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Current 250cc Supercross champ and leading 250cc Motocross rider Zach Osborne has been named to Team USA for the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) roster. Zach will race in the MX2 category for USA, along with Cole Seely (MXGP) and Thomas Covington (MX2). Additionally, Zach will be Team Captain for the squad.

“Being chosen to represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations has been a huge goal and dream of mine for a very long time,” Osborne told RacerX. “I couldn’t be happier to travel to the United Kingdom to race and ride my very best to bring the championship trophy back to the USA.”

This will mark the first time that Osborne has raced under the American flag at MXoN. “With Osborne it was obvious and he has been wanting to go [to Motocross of Nations] for years,” team manager Roger DeCoster said. “Every year he has asked me, I have had to turn him down. This year he has earned it.”

For more on the MX of Nations, visit their site.

Osborne is the reigning 250 East Supercross champion. Read about his championships run here.

Davalos takes first podium, Osborne increases lead

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Another Saturday, another banner weekend for the Dragon Motorsports racing machine, as the AMA Outdoor series moved to Washougal in Washington. In the 250cc class, Zach Osborne managed another overall podium finish (2nd) and increased his overall points lead over an inactive Alex Martin. And in the 450cc class, Martin Davalos grabbed his first overall podium since making the jump up to the big bikes.

“Better late than never, you know?” Davalos said in the post-race of his victory. “There’s a lot for me to learn, [but it’s] a great feeling for me to be here battling the best.”

This being his first season in the 450 class, Martin admits that it’s been a learning process, but he’s steadily been making progress, culminating in 4th and 3rd place at the last two races, respectively. “It’s been a long time in the 250 class and I’ve wanted to hop to the 450, for, I can’t even tell you how long. So Rockstar Energy Husqvarna got a bike together for me. I know I’m capable of riding that bike well. The more I’m getting used to the bike, I’m adjusting a lot better.”

On the 250 side of things, Zach Osborne continues his dominating run to a second straight title. His 2nd place overall, and how he got there Saturday, might not be the most impressive, but they don’t ask how, they just ask how many. After a poor start and an early crash, Zach put the hammer down and finished in 4th place.

“I went deep in that first Moto, I was throwing up after,” Osborne explained of his effort. “It was a big effort; a huge effort. I knew I’d miss a little bit of pep for the second race. Overall after falling in the first Moto and still getting on the podium, I’m happy with it.”

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Osborne overcame another sub-par start to take 3rd place in Moto 1, as he increased his championship lead to 74 points over Jeremy Martin, with three races left on the season. When asked about the idea of him holding back for Championships purposes, “I’m just not that kind of rider,” he said. “Yeah, maybe in two more rounds if it stays the way it is I can do that. But today I just want to keep charging and maximize my points every race. I want to continue to go hard.”

Even with Dragon’s main 450 rider Jason Anderson and 250 rookie Michael Mosiman out due to injury, Dragon has been on a roll, managing an overall podium at every single race this Outdoor National season.

“I’m grateful I have a job and competing with the best in the world,” said Martin. “To come from Ecuador, such a small country, to this is such a blessing. The opportunity the team is giving me, it’s amazing.”

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

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Zach Osborne salvages 3rd place finish at MillVille

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After a weekend off from racing, the AMA Pro Motocross Outdoor Nationals were back, this time in Minnesota at the Spring Valley MX track. After an eventful first Moto, Dragon’s Zach Osborne managed to win Moto 2 and take 3rd overall on the day. After what could have been a disastrous drop in the Championship points, Zach successfully triaged the day only losing two points in the overall race to challenger Alex Martin.

Nearing the end of Moto 1, Zach snagged his what looked to be his radiator hose on a rut with six minutes to go. With some smart racing and a bunch of steam coming off is bike, Zach finished in 8th. “I was pretty nervous,” Osborne told post race. “I thought at first it was a radiator hose, but we found out after the Moto it was a gasket on the valve cover, and it was oil. I was just praying we could make it to the end and salvage some points. I tried not to rev the bike and try to let it stay as cool as possible. When we looked at it after the moto, it actually had more oil left in it so we were actually good.”

Determined to not lose too many points in Moto 2, Zach did what he did all year and dropped the rest of the field 10 laps in. With some creative lines and championship mettle, Zach managed to win the Moto 1, take 3rd overall, and only lose two points to Alex Martin. “A little bit [surprised] yeah,” said Osborne. “I had some good lines, I dropped the hammer and felt good. I found some lines where I could find a little bit of extra speed.”

Zach was the bright stop for Dragon this weekend, as Jason Anderson still is battling injuries and rookie Michael Mosiman is out the rest of the season. Martin Davalos managed a 4th place in Moto 2, for a 7th overall finish, still looking for his first podium of the season.

Next weekend the circuit is in Washington at Washougal MX. Zach will continue his title hunt while Jason Anderson looks to get back on the horse. For more on points, results and races, visit RacerX.com. For more from the Dragon riders, follow them on Instagram: Jason Anderson // Zach Osborne // Michael Mosiman // Martin Davalos.

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Dragon FMX cleans up at Summer X Games

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Minneapolis, MN — This past weekend marked the annual action sports rite of passage—ESPN’s Summer X Games—in Minneapolis, MN at US Bank Stadium. Dragon was represented in the FMX disciplines by Josh Sheehan, Nate Adams and Destin Cantrell. Cantrell, a California-native, won the gold medal in the Best Whip event while Australia’s Josh Sheehan earned a silver medal in the Freestyle contest.

On Friday night, Sheehan took to the Freestyle course, and when the dust had settled, managed a silver medal performance. This marks the sixth medal for the Donnybrook-native, his second in the Freestyle category. He previously took gold in 2016 at Summer X Games in Austin, TX. Even more remarkable than the medal was the fact that Josh landed a brand new trick during the contest, a Downward 360 Seat Grab.

“[I] hadn’t done this trick before this week,” Sheehan noted afterward. He continued, “I was hoping to have done it a little bigger, but it’s a lot easier landing in a big foam pit—it’s much scarier coming in sideways towards the dirt,” he remarked.

Destin Cantrell, competing in his first career X Games, put on a show in prime time Saturday. At what is one of the most exciting events of the weekend—the Navy Best Whip—Cantrell walked away with gold. Best Whip is voted on by the fans, which Cantrell took home a lion share of, earning 44-percent, besting second place who had 25-percent.

Destin remarked on Instagram, “Unreal! Starting FMX at a young age I always wanted to compete at [X Games] and never gave up on that dream. Last night my dream came true at my first [X Games] appearance and I owe this gold medal to my insanely loyal fans, sponsors, and family. I can’t thank all of you enough for backing me… THANK YOU EVERYONE!”

This was the first year that Summer X Games were held at the US Bank Stadium. For more from Summer X, visit the event site here.

To watch Cantrell’s final whip, view it here on the Dragon Blog. To watch Sheehan’s silver medal performance, head over here. For more on Dragon’s premium Motocross products, check them out at dragonalliance.com.