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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 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.”

One Lap: Zach Osborne on Hangtown on Vital MX
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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