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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.

For more from Dragon MX, follow Dragon Motorsports.

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.

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.

For more from Dragon MX, follow Dragon Motorsports.

 

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.

For more from Dragon MX, follow Dragon Motorsports.

Destin Cantrell Wins Gold at Summer X Games Best Whip

The X Games good times kept rolling into Saturday night for Dragon’s FMX riders. Destin Cantrell, who was competing in his first career X Games, put on a show in prime time on 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, managing 44-percent, besting second place who had 25-percent.

Destin later 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!”

To follow Destin, head over to his Instagram and Twitter. For more on Dragon’s premium Motocross products, check them out at dragonalliance.com.

Josh Sheehan lights up Summer X with Silver Medal

The annual summer rite of passage is here, the Summer X Games, and along with it, Dragon’s FMX rider Josh Sheehan put together a sterling performance at Day 2, grabbing the silver medal in the Freestyle Motocross competition. This marks the sixth medal for the Donnybrook, AUS native, his second in the Freestyle discipline. He previously took gold in 2016 at Summer X Games in Austin, TX.

On the second of his two runs, Sheehan was sitting in 5th place, and under pressure, the 31-year-old delivered. The started off with a Indy Air Flair on the quarterpipe, followed up by a No-handed Superman, showing his deep bag of tricks. Next came Sheehan’s version of the 360, which the announcers remarked is flatter and less flippy than most; eye pleasing, to boot. With a Knack Knack set up air, Sheehan dropped a double backflip, a trick he’s made look too easy over the years. Next up was the Backflip Double Seat Grab.

Here Sheehan pulled into uncharted territory. After the backflip he went into a Downward 360 Seat Grab, the first time he’d ever done it. He finished off the run with a statement, a Kiss of Death Flip. The judges rewarded him handsomely with the 90.66, good for 2nd place.

“[I] hadn’t done this trick before this week,” Sheehan noted afterward. “This morning actually was the first time I landed it.” 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.”

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To follow Josh Sheehan, head over to his Instagram. For more on Dragon’s premium Motocross products, check them out at dragonalliance.com.

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.

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.

For more from Dragon MX, follow Dragon Motorsports.

Osborne and Anderson go One-Two at Red Bud

Another weekend, another pair of podiums for the Dragon motocross riders. The Rockstar-Husqvarna riders took to the Red Bud track in Michigan this weekend in the midst of points chases, and Zach Osborne and Jason Anderson both delivered, with Osborne taking the overall win in 250 and Jason grabbing his fifth straight podium in the 450 class.

Osborne has increased his points lead over Alex and Jeremy Martin to 38 points, as we’ve officially reached the halfway point in the Outdoor Nationals season. “Coming into this season after the way the Supercross Championship went I didn’t know what to expect,” Osborne told the post-race press conference. “I was emotionally and physically drained after the Vegas deal, but to go 1-1 at Hangtown picked things up. I’d have to give myself a pretty good grade [so far]. I have to keep putting myself in a good position and see where we are at the end.”

With an eventful Moto 1 that saw all three points leaders in top three, Osborne was not he attack all race until the final few laps where lapped riders got in the way of all three contenders, slowing the race down and Osborne would settle for second. “[The] first one was good; started right behind Jeremy [Martin],” Osborne recalled. “It was a really good race. It sucks to lose but if you’re going to lose, be on pace and be right there and only lose three points. Not a huge deal.”

In Moto 2, Osborne turned on the jets and took off right from the start, handily taking the overall win with a 2-1 performance. He increases his lead on Alex Martin to 38 points, with half of the races in the rear view mirror.

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On the 450s and for Jason Anderson, Red Bud marks the fifth straight podium finish for the New Mexico native. “For sure, I feel like I’m better this year,” Anderson remarked on his consistency. “I’ve progressively gotten better. I’m closer to being one of the guys and being able to battle for championships. I feel like I’ve been pretty consistent so far but I have another step to go to be really threatening. I’ve taken a step in the right direction but I’ve got a couple more.”

The day started off with some drama, with Jason going down in the big pileup on the first turn while points leader Eli Tomac and Blake Baggett made it through unscathed. “The first start, all I saw was bikes flipping and I got hit by someone and fell down and got back up and fell again in the second corner,” recounted Anderson on the hectic start. “To be honest, I feel in that pile up, a lot go good guys went down. I mean, I was on the ground with [Broc] Tickle, Josh [Grant], Cooper [Webb], [Weston] Peick and I came around and there was Trey [Canard] with Marty [Musquin]. I’m not saying I had to go through slow guys but I could pass 10 dudes in the first two corners.

With an extremely concerted effort, Jason raced his way back to 4th to stem the points bleed and keep himself in the conversation for the overall. “It was a weird first part of the race. I was able to make my way to 4th and it wasn’t bad but I had to work pretty hard to pass all those guys. For us, we’re going to have Motos like that where we have little issues at the beginning of the race and we have to overcome it to stay in the points battle.”

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The reward for Jason was a better start in Moto 2 and an eventual podium. “[The] second Moto I was up front and was in that battle between me, [Justin] Barcia and Eli [Tomac]. Eli got the best of us again. I feel like I stayed close and was better this weekend but need to keep working and just be better.” Halfway through the season, Jason sees himself entrenched in 3rd place, with the red plate going to Tomac next weekend.

As the riders make the turn onto the back nine, the circuit heads to Southwick in Massachusetts, where the sandy track is the name of the game. “I like the sand and I’m looking forward to Southwick,” Osborne put succinctly.

Fellow 450 rider Martin Davalos finished 14th overall, while 250 rookie Michael Mosiman missed his 2nd straight race with a shoulder injury.

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.

For more from Dragon MX, follow Dragon Motorsports.

Anderson and Osborne take dual 2nds at Muddy Creek

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Another banner weekend for the Dragon motocross riders, with Rockstar-Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne both taking second place overall finishes in their respective classes. This marks yet another podium performance for both riders in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Outdoor Championship series. This is Anderson’s fourth straight overall podium and Zach’s fourth overall podium.

On the 450 side, Jason Anderson has been trending in a great direction, who easily cruised to the win in the first Moto, handily beating the field by a wide margin. The 2nd Moto was a little rougher, with Anderson having to battle his way up front at the start, ultimately finishing in 2nd, for a 2nd overall finish as well.

“Yeah, for sure [I was thinking about the overall],” said Anderson after winning Moto 1. “I had a good first Moto and I felt like I was out front and it was good. It was the most drama-free first Moto I’ve had all year. I was excited about that and felt like I had the energy and everything to put in a good battle. The second Moto I was trying my butt off but I think I was trying a little too hard. But all in all, everyone was ripping. I was glad I put myself in a position to win the overall. That’s the first time I’ve ever tied for points overall. So, I feel like it’s a step in the right direction, but at the same time I need to keep grinding. Just keep trying my best and hopefully that overall will come. It will be sweet when it does.”

On the 250 side, Zach Osborne has been running the red plate since Glen Helen, kept his consistently great rides into Tennessee, finishing second overall with a 5-1 performance on the day. Uneven, yes, but due to some unfortunate finishes by his main competition, Osborne increased his Championship lead to 31 points over Alex Martin and Jeremy Martin.

“I got off to a really good start in the second moto and made a couple passes in the beginning to pull away to a comfortable lead for a win and second overall,” said Osborne. “It’s nice to come out of here with some more points gained on my competitors and I’m just going to keep rallying.”

In the 450 Championship, Anderson has been making consistent strides, and has closed to 3rd place despite missing an entire Moto in Hangtown, just 19 points back now.

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New to the 450 bike, Martin Davalos has been getting steadily better, with an 8th overall finish, while 250 rookie Michael Mosiman took Muddy Creek off due to a light shoulder injury suffered last weekend in High Point.

Next weekend the circuit heads to Michigan to Red Bud, where Osborne managed a 3rd place finish last season. Anderson will look for his first career overall 450 win, while Zach looks to increase his points lead as he rocks the red for a fifth straight race.

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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