After a much needed weekend off, the Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon MX riders were back at it. Set in Morristown, PA, the High Point MX track sported a new look, but it didn’t faze the top Dragon riders—Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne—who both grabbed second overall in their respective classes.
“Coming here after seeing the drone footage, man they killed it,” Osborne noted on the new track layout. “When we come here we know it’s going to be either really hot, or rain. It’s always just gonna be like this, nasty. [But] it turned out to be really good racing.”
Added Anderson on the track conditions: “I thought the track was pretty good, especially for all the rain and how muddy it was in practice.”
For the first time in the first four stops, High Point ran the 450’s motos first, with Dragon fielding Jason Anderson and Martin Davalos in the field. After checking the fastest lap in practice/qualifying, Jason Anderson had first gate pick for Moto 1. And after a little gate-drop confusion, the race got underway. While Jason was in the mix for a podium finish, a few crashes held the New Mexico native back, where he ultimately battled back to 5th place. “First Moto, I crashed two, three times,” said Jason. “Just going for it too much.”
Martin Davalos finished 13th in Moto 1, not an out of place spot for the Ecuadorian.
On the 250 side of things, current points leader Zach Osborne and rookie Michael Mosiman lined up for Dragon. After a rough outing at Thunder Valley his last time out, Zach Osborne flew out of the gate, determined for a better finish. The weekend off turned out to be a boon, with Zach winning the first Moto. “[The] first Moto was really good for me,” explained Zach. “I got off to a second place start. I was able to open up a little gap and manage the race from the front.”
17-year-old Michael Mosiman finished 17th place, respectable for a rookie riding High Point for his first time.
With the heat pounding the track and stifling the riders, Moto 2 went better for Jason Anderson on the 450 side. After a better start, Jason was racing up front with eventual Moto winner Eli Tomac. He was passed a couple of times, but managed a 3rd place finish in Moto 2, good enough for a 2nd overall. “I want to win but at the same time I’m having a good time and getting podiums,” said El Hombre. “I want to be on top of the box, but at the same time I’m getting podiums, so I can’t be too bummed.” Davalos increased his Moto 2 placing to 10th, ending up with a 12th Overall.
Osborne got off to a worse start in Moto 2, but raced his way back to a 2nd place finish, giving him 2nd overall for the day. He and Moto 2 winner Jeremy Martin both finished with a 1st and 2nd, but the tie-breaker in Outdoor Nationals is your placing in Moto 2, giving J-Mart an edge. “I was really sick in Glen Helen and after the race it got worse and worse and wasn’t able to kick it for [Thunder Valley],” noted Osborne. “But now I’m well and feels good to come back and win a Moto.”
r: Jason Anderson in practice last week
As far as Championship points go, Zach retains the red plate going into Tennessee next weekend. Zach doubled his 9-point margin over Alex Martin to an 18-point lead over brother Jeremy Martin. Rookie Michael Mosiman sits in 13th place.
Jason Anderson gained points on Eli Tomac and pre-High Point leader Marvin Musquin who finished a disappointing 11th due to injury, but lost points on new red plate holder Blake Baggett. Anderson is currently in 4th, and still very much in Championship contention, while Martin Davalos sits back in 12th place.
“I got waxed again, for the second weekend in a row, but I got a podium so that was cool,” ended Jason. “[I’ll] try and bring it in Tennessee.”
Next weekend the boys head to Tennessee to the Muddy Creek Raceway. 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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