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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.”

r: Zach Osborne p: Shepherd / RaxerX

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.

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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.

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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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.

Zach Osborne p: Rich Shepherd / RacerX

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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Jason Anderson p: Jeff Kardas / RacerX

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.

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Anderson and Osborne take dual 2nds at Muddy Creek

r: Jason Anderson p: Rich Shepherd

r: Jason Anderson p: Rich Shepherd / RacerX

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.

r: Zach Osborne p: Rich Shepherd / RacerX

r: Zach Osborne p: Rich Shepherd / RacerX

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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Anderson, Osborne Grab 2nd Place Finishes at High Point

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

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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Jason Anderson takes 3rd at Thunder Valley

photo: Aaron Blatt

photo: Aaron Blatt

Oxygen might be in short supply in the Mile High City, but results weren’t. Rockstar-Husqvarna- Dragon’s Jason Anderson grabbed his second podium in a row with a 3rd place overall finish, with a 2-6 finish in the two motos.

“Obviously, I struggle here and even this track in general I’m not good at riding it,” Anderson explained post-race. “To be on the podium is great for me here.” Anderson has a well-documented history at not having the best finishes in Thunder Valley and at altitude, in general (he suffers from altitude sickness).

“I kind of just rode around and tried to stay within myself,” he continued. “I really wanted to make it strong through both motos. So, from here on out I kind of want to do what I did last weekend and battle for those wins and definitely stay on the box. I feel like I’ve been settling up here, but to be honest I really want to get some wins. That’s where I’m at right now.”

photo: Aaron Blatt

photo: Aaron Blatt

Anderson started the day well, finishing in 2nd place in Moto 1. He was a bit off the pace of the eventual race winner Justin Bogle, but wasn’t really threatened by the 3rd place rider Blake Baggett. In Moto 2, the altitude and style of track (technical and rutty) hampered Jason, but he kept the damage to a minimum and finished 6th, which was good enough for the overall podium. “To be honest it’s kind of a bummer that I struggle here,” he said. “I feel like I got it figured out to at least manage a day and still be on the podium. Salt Lake I was on the podium and here I was on the podium. I kind of got lucky. A 2-6 usually doesn’t land you up here, but I’ll take it.”

Jason keep making up ground in the points race for the Championship, with Overall leaders Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac having uneven days. Jason currently sits in 4th place, a bit off the lead because of a missed Moto in Hangtown due to injury.

The day wasn’t as kind for other Dragon motocross riders, as 250 overall leader Zach Osborne managed a 5th place overall finish. Not bad by any means, but not the result he’d be used to (two overall wins to start the season). Martin Davalos, who has been racing 450 this year, finished 10-11 in the Motos, good for 10th overall, while 250 rookie Michael Mosiman grabbed 10th overall with a 12-10 day. Zach Osborne still holds the red plate into High Point in two weeks.

Next up is the off-weekend as the circuit shifts East, with High Point in Pennsylvania being the next stop. For more from these guys, follow their Instagram feeds: Jason Anderson // Zach Osborne // Martin Davalos // Michael Mosiman // Dragon Motorsports

 

Osborne takes Overall in Glen Helen; Anderson 1st in Moto 2


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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.

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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.

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

Follow the Instagram feeds of the riders: Jason Anderson / Zach Osborne / Martin Davalos / Michael Mosiman // Dragon Motorsports