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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.”

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Osborne Takes The Win At Southwick

Continuing his championship roll, Dragon motocross rider Zach Osborne finished atop the pack at Southwick MX, despite a sandy and rainy track, and a generally terrible weather day. This marks Osborne’s sixth overall podium of the year and sees his Title lead increase over the Martin brothers.

“I enjoy it, that’s my jam right there,” Osborne succinctly put about the track. “When the going gets going the tough gets going [and] I was loving it.”

Moto 1 saw Osborne race in every sense of the word. With an ok start, Zach sat in 4th place most of the race until the end, only pressing the attack at the end, ceding the win to Dylan Ferrandis, who is back in the points race. Moto 2 saw Zach grab a rare holeshot, and after a couple bobbles from some competitors, he was gone, winning by eight seconds.

The Outdoor Nationals made their way back to Western Massachusetts to race on sand, the first and only full-sand track of the year. Zach came into the weekend holding a 38 point advantage over second place Alex Martin. After racing in the rain and sand, Osborne has emerged with a 45 point stranglehold on the points lead. Although no lead is secure so it’ll be safe to assume Zach will be racing hard each and every weekend.

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Moto 2 saw some inclement weather, a departure from the normal hot, muggy and humid Outdoor National weather. “The first rain wasn’t so bad,” said Zach about the rain. “It kind of just killed the dust and kind of made the top a little bit wet. There were a couple of hard spots though that got pretty slick. But then the second rain it started to change pretty quick. It just started to get kind of slushy and some longer rut, groove type deals that you really had to be careful with. So, it got a little tricky there at the end.”

450-rookie, yet seasoned vet Martin Davalos managed his best result of the year, a 5th overall with a 7-4 performance. Unfortunately the rest of the Dragon riders didn’t fare as well. 450 rider Jason Anderson suffered an injury in training on Thursday and sat out the race after deeming it too painful, but he should be back in two weeks for Millville. 250 rookie Michael Mosiman sat out yet another race, looking for to return in Minnesota in two weeks, too.

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Zach Osborne dominates Hangtown Motocross; Mosiman makes pro debut

Zach Osborne p: Aaron Blatt

Zach Osborne p: Aaron Blatt

Fresh off his 250 Supercross title, Zach Osborne took the momentum into the AMA Outdoor Nationals, where he took the overall win at Hangtown with a dominating 1-1 performance. While he didn’t nab the holeshot in either of the Motos, Zach got off to decent starts and once he got up front, he never looked back. He leaves Northern California with a 14-point lead over Jeremy Martin & Aaron Plessinger, who are tied for 2nd place.

“Our goal today was to be in the top five, and if we could get on the podium, that would have been really good,” Osborne said post-race. “So to come away with a 1-1 is great.”

The day was kind of catharsis for Osborne, who has never finished on the podium in Hangtown, his best finish coming in 2013—a 5th place. But the combination of a great team, a ton of momentum and a great track had Osborne running up front all day. “Last year was completely flat,” Osborne said of the track. “I think we were expecting rain or something and I don’t really excel when it’s flat and wide open. I’m better when it’s like this. [Today] was a little bit rougher than I anticipated. This is one of the rougher [tracks] of the year but it was more gnarly from the first practice when we went out today.”

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One carryover story from Supercross is the Zach and Joey Savatgy hard pass from Las Vegas. Some say the pass on the final turn to give Osborne the Championship was dirty, others don’t (AMA fined Osborne but did not penalize him). As Osborne was battling with Savatgy in Moto 2, Zach was hoping there wasn’t any bad blood.  “I didn’t want to have any controversy,” Zach said after. “I wanted to go and ride my race. It definitely was a little interesting and [I’m] glad he raced me clean. I appreciate it.”

The other Dragon moto riders may not have had the results of Osborne, but it was a good weekend. 450 rider Jason Anderson went down in Moto 1 with a cut above his eye, but managed to ride Moto 2 despite swelling and stitches. Martin Davalos looked good in his first race on a 450 ride, managing a 14th place finish. And rookie Michael Mosiman sits in a respectable 14th place—after making his pro debut—looking to shake the butterflies next weekend.

The next stop for the Outdoor Nationals is at Glenhelen Raceway in Southern California. “This week, I need to continue with the program I’m on and continue building and make no mistakes. It’s a long summer,” finished Osborne.

Michael Mosiman p: Aaron Blatt

Michael Mosiman p: Aaron Blatt

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