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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.

For more on the title chase, visit the Racer X standings. And for more on Zach, follow him on Instagram.

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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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