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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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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Jason Anderson takes 3rd at Thunder Valley

photo: Aaron Blatt

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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.”

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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