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Zach Osborne grabs 2nd overall in at MX of Nations in England

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The 71st running of the storied Motocross of Nations (MXoN) ran this past weekend, with Dragon’s Zach Osborne representing—and captaining—Team USA. Hot on the heels of his second consecutive Championship win in August, Zach was in peak form and performed the best of the underperforming US team. Osborne ended up taking 2nd overall in the MX2 category at Matterley Basin, ENG, with a podium performance in his second Moto.

“Overall [I’m] happy. It was a great experience,” Zach told RacerX’s Open Mic. “It was tough conditions for anyone today. It’s something we don’t see a lot in America. I hope to have the chance to come back again and get a little revenge. I think [sic] personally I rode well. In the second moto today I felt like I rode really, really good. Yesterday I felt like I rode really well also. It’s a tough race to win. It was going to be tough from the get-go for us period. So, it’s a bit disappointing but at the same time we can’t be too bummed.”

Osborne finished with a 10-3 stat line on the weekend, and while it pales in comparison to his 2017 results, he can walk away with his head held high. “All in all a great experience and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be here and ride for Team USA,” Osborne put.

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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Ryan Sipes wins his first GNCC race

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A long time coming, Dragon’s motocross rider Ryan Sipes has won his first GNCC Overall in the XC1 class, at Mountaineer Run in West Virginia. “After four years of trying and to finally get here, this feels amazing,” wrote Ryan Sipes on his site about the win. ” I’m really proud of this one because it did not come easy and I’ve worked my tail off to learn off-road racing.”

The former Supercross and Motocross competitor has been cutting his cross country and off-road teeth on the GNCC and Full Gas Enduro circuits this year, with some solid success. “I’ve now won a Pro Supercross, ISDE, a National Enduro, and a GNCC,” Sipes said. “[It] feels good to check that last box.”

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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 wins 2017 AMA Pro Motocross Championship

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It’s been a long time coming, but Zach Osborne is finally a AMA Pro Motocross Champion. The young Virginia-native capped off an impressive Outdoor National season to capture the 250 title at the Budds Creek MX in Maryland. Osborne finished the day with an 8-1 stat line to capture 2nd overall on the day and mathematically lock up the Championship a race early.

“I’m one grateful kid right now,” Osborne succinctly summed up. “When I passed the mechanics area on the last lap and I saw all my people cheering… I got chills and it kind of all hit me.”

“I can’t say enough about Zach and what he’s accomplished this season,” continued Kenny Adams, Dragon’s Motorsports Marketing Manager. “Week in, week out, he’s worked his tail off to get to this point. We knew he had the heart of a Champion, and now it’s confirmed.”

With high hopes coming into the weekend, Zach’s last stop on the way to the title didn’t come as smoothly as he and his team would have hoped. The Dragon rider started the day off with a crash at the start of Moto 1, putting him at the back of the pack while rival Jeremy Martin was out in front. Zach managed to stop the bleeding and make his way back to 8th place, but had his work cut out for him in Moto 2, with a four-point buffer left to lock up the title in Maryland.

“It was tough, I was pretty distraught after that first Moto,” Zach said. “Coming in today at a track I’m comfortable with and getting 8th in the first Moto… I had my back against the wall.” The Rockstar-Husqvarna Factory rider made some adjustments and got a decent start in Moto 2 (3rd place) and put the hammer down. “It’s kind of the way of my season has gone. I’ve been down in the first turn more than once and so it was kind of fitting.” And despite a smoking clutch halfway through the race, Zach did what he’s done all year, and finished ahead of the entire pack. His results allowed him to take another overall podium, his 10th out of 11 races this season.

The site of the Championship holds a special place for Osborne. In 2016 it was the site of his first Overall MX win. And a decade ago it was the site of his infamous “Snack Pack” race where a rookie Osborne led most of the Budds Creek race before fading to 18th in dramatic fashion.

“It means a lot,” Osborne said of winning in Budds Creek. “It’s an awesome town here, and I’m in front of a lot of friends and family. It’s the same thing as my first win last year. It’s ironic and it’s fitting for the path of my career to wrap it up here at a track I love.”

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Coming off the thrilling come-from-behind victory to clinch the 2017 Supercross title, Zach set the tone from the get go. Starting the season off with two overall wins in California at Hangtown and Glen Helen, the Rockstar-Husky rider took ahold of the red plate, and never relented. Despite a slight stumble at Thunder Valley, Osborne regained his stranglehold on the lead with a pair of 2nd place finishes at High Point and Muddy Creek, which he immediately followed up with two wins at Red Bud and Southwick. And while his competitors had up-and-down performances weekend to weekend, Zach continued the barrage of results with four more consecutive podiums at Spring Valley, Washougal, Unadilla and this weekend’s Budds Creek.

“I can’t say enough about Rockstar Energy-Husqvarna Racing,” Osborne noted. “They’ve stood behind me from day one and are still behind me today. Aldon [Baker],  Jason [Anderson], Marvin [Musquin], and Ryan [Dungey]… can’t thank them enough,” he continued about his move to train at Baker’s Factory in Florida nearly a year ago.

This marks the 2nd Championship Title in Outdoor Nationals for Husqvarna, and the first in the 250cc class. While the celebration has begun in the Osborne camp, the 2017 season isn’t over as the tour has one more stop at Ironman MX outside of Indianapolis, IN. Once the MX season wraps up, Zach will be headed to the United Kingdom to captain Team USA at the MX of Nations event.

“I’m here 11 years [after] the moto that everyone knows, and to sit here and be a champion… don’t ever give up on what you believe in.”

For more on points, results and races, visit RacerX.com. For more from the Zach Osborne, follow him on Instagram: Zach Osborne.

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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.

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Osborne and Davalos hit the podium in Unadilla

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In what was a muddy and rainy affair in upstate New York, the Dragon motocross riders took home a pair of podium performances as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Outdoor Nationals took to the Unadilla MX track. 250cc points leader Zach Osborne had an uneven day but finished the day in 3rd place overall and didn’t bleed too many points. 450cc rider Martin Davalos took home his second consecutive podium, managing a 2nd place result.

A bad start and uneven race would have doomed anyone else, but Osborne put his head down and finished in 3rd place in Moto 1. “The first Moto I just couldn’t get into a rhythm,” said Osborne. “I just struggled for rhythm, I had a really good last two laps to get third, that kind of salvaged the Moto.”

Bad starts continued to plague Zach in the second Moto, as well. “Second Moto I just didn’t get a good start but I was able to make it up to fifth.”

While there aren’t any championship stakes for Martin Davalos at this point in the season, a podium finish is still a podium finish, taking 2nd overall with an 8-2 stat line. “I think I kind of was overriding a little bit, but none of us took a parade lap so we all were taking a lot of chances,” said Davalos. “I made a lot of mistakes and got behind [leader Marvin Musquin] and I did my best to keep him close, but I also did my best to not let the guys behind catch me. It was an awesome moto.”

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Osborne lost 11 points in the title chase, but remains 63 points up on 2nd place Jeremy Martin, with a chance to lock up the 250cc Championship at Budds Creek, MD next weekend. Martin has climbed to 6th overall on the 450cc points list. Next week we see the circuit head to Maryland for the penultimate race of the season.

For more on points, results and races, visit RacerX.com. For more from the Dragon motocross riders, follow them on Instagram: Zach Osborne // Martin Davalos.

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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.

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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Josh Sheehan takes 2nd at Red Bull X-Fighters

In one of the longest running Freestyle Motocross events in the world, The Red Bull X-FIghters, Dragon FMX rider Josh Sheehan snagged 2nd place. The Australian put together a serious performance as he grabbed yet another podium at the iconic event in Madrid, Spain.

“I’m stoked to walk away with a 2nd tonight! Some tough competition from all the riders,” Sheehan took to his Instagram to say.

Next up on Sheehan—and all the FMX riders’—list is the Summer X Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Americans Nate Adams and Destin Cantrell will join Sheehan in Minneapolis.

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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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