The Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon motocross riders continued their assault on the Outdoor Nationals this weekend at the Glen Helen Raceway. 250 rider Zach Osborne has been on fire, taking his 2nd consecutive overall win, while 450 rider Jason Anderson took his first Moto win of his career, grabbing 2nd overall on the day.
Osborne finished 4th and 2nd in the two Motos, good enough for the overall win. Despite coming off of a huge 1-1 win in Hangtown, Osborne knows he can’t take anything for granted. “I woke up a little bit early this morning because I was so nervous as to how it was going to go,” said Osborne post-race. “This isn’t historically one of the best tracks for me. To take the overall is icing on the cake.”
The Virginian took a massive jump on his lead, increasing the points gap to 21 points (it was 14 after Hangtown). All things considered, Zach is in a great place, exceeding even his own expectations. “I wanted to get out of California with two top fives and to have two overalls, I feel good about my chances as we head to the east coast.”
On the big bikes, Jason Anderson went 5-1 in the two Motos, taking his first Moto win and overall podiums in the process. “I feel like I’m on point and should be battling for podiums every Moto and even win like I did today,” noted Anderson.
A poor start in Moto 1 stalled his chances for a podium, yet he raced back to 5th place. “That first Moto was similar to what I always do,” said Anderson. “I keep putting myself in bad situations. I feel like I’m getting better for the most part, though. The second Moto started better, I think I was in 7th and was able to work my way past those guys.” Anderson alluded to the fact that better starts translate to better finishes for him, a carryover from the Supercross season where he had five straight podiums to finish the season.
With last year’s MX champion Ken Roczen out for the season, and Hangtown winner Eli Tomoc finishing 9th overall in Glen Helen, it’s anyone’s title this year. Despite missing and entire Moto last weekend, Anderson currently sits in 5th place on the points list. “I think no matter what we’re all chasing the win and I think that everyone is starting to be more hungry,” said Anderson. “Even the dudes in the back of the pack are riding better. Those guys aren’t sleepers. We know they’re good. We’re all hungry.”
Other Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon riders had uneven days. Martin Davalos, who is racing for the second time on 450s, finished 13th overall (16-9), and he sits 14th in points. Rookie Michael Mosiman completed his second pro race in the 250 class, finishing 8th overall (8-10), an improvement over Hangtown. He’s 10th on the points list, 50 points back from Osborne.
Next up, the high altitude racing of Thunder Valley, just outside of Denver, CO. For more on the athletes, check out their Instagram feeds: Jason Anderson // Zach Osborne // Martin Davalos // Michael Mosiman.