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.
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.”
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 from Dragon MX, follow Dragon Motorsports.