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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, 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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