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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.”

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