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Jason Anderson takes 3rd at Thunder Valley

photo: Aaron Blatt

photo: Aaron Blatt

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.”

photo: Aaron Blatt

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

 

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

Chatting with 250 SX Champion Zach Osborne

Championships don’t come easily, and newly minted 250 East Supercross champ Zach Osborne knows that firsthand. From his rough early years as a young pro to racing in Europe to continue riding to his first Supercross win to clinching a championship plate, Zach has battled adversity to get to where he is. In the latest installment, Zach battled back from last place to 7th at the series-finale in Las Vegas in an instant classic to clinch his first title. We caught up with Zach at Hangtown for a quick word on the title.

Dragon: So, how was Las Vegas?
Zach Osborne: It was a huge, emotional rollercoaster, actually. When you have so much stress like that and then it’s finally kind of over, it took me a couple of days to get enough rest to actually recover and be myself again. The last week has been really solid; training and riding and everything. I’m feeling good and really confident and have a lot of momentum going into this season.

DR: You wish you had more time to digest what happened?
ZO: Yeah, it’s a pretty hectic time but we had a nice weekend off last weekend where I was able to relax with my family and do a little fishing and things I enjoy. It was just fun. But I’m happy to be here and get it started and headed in the right direction.

DR: What was it like going into the race: throughout the practices and motos and getting mentally ready?
ZO: It was a super stressful day, in general. I feel like it’s kind of a one-off situation. It’s always stressful to be in a championship situation but to be within one-point, all three of us, and to go down in the first turn, I felt like it was kind of taken away from me. But I just put my head down and made it happen.

DR: What were you thinking then, with the margin of error being so small. Did you think it was over at that point?
ZO: Going down in the first turn, it was just like a whatever-I-can-get-back-to situation. The first turn incident wasn’t my fault. It was one of those deals where it is what it is. But as the laps kept going, I was getting closer and closer and I was thinking that I could maybe make it happen.

DR: You were flying those last four or five laps, seeming like you were right on the edge.
ZO: For sure, the whole race was I was on edge. There were a couple of scary moments where I almost crashed but managed to save it. It was just one of those races where you come off and you just had been in this time warp the whole time. It’s a pretty amazing feeling.

DR: It looked like a fast track?
ZO: It was pretty fast. It was kind of tight but had some fast bits. It was a little bit of a different Las Vegas track.

DR: Right after, could you believe it? It seemed super emotional.
ZO: Yeah, it was super emotional. Like I said, it was stressful and when I crossed the finish line and realized I had won, it was a rush of emotion. It felt like everything I had worked and strived for and set as my goals had finally come true.

DR: It’s been a long time coming. When you turned pro when you were pretty young, had a rough time and went to Europe. Does it seem like this validates a lot of what I’ve been through?
ZO: For sure. It made everything worthwhile. I had four wins on the season which were all really good but to win a championship, that stamps your name in the record books forever. So it’s a special feeling, for sure.

 

DR: How was that first win in Atlanta? It was before the title talk and you’d never won a Supercross race before.
ZO: Yeah, it was huge for me. It was a kind of breaking the ice, if you will. My entire family was there and I won pretty easily and it was just a killer race the whole night. Even the second one in Toronto was pretty cool.I was just clicking off wins and that was a cool feeling.

DR: Did your confidence grow throughout the season?
ZO: Yeah. I had six podiums throughout the season. I think I’ve had 16 or 17 podiums in my career, so it was one of those deals like, ‘when are you finally going to win one.’ So to finally get the monkey off my back and win the championship in one year was really cool.

DR: So your season was going well but in Detroit you had that mechanical issue on lap one. You raced back to 18th, and that was kind of a big deal in the long run.
ZO: I know that in all championship situations it comes down to these handfuls of points that you score on the terrible days. Especially in a short series like we have in the 250 class. It definitely means that every point counts. And I rode my heart out to get 18th and those three points made the difference in the end.

DR: Since you’ve been back in the States, you’re on your second factory ride… is it nice having factory support after having some lean years in your career?
ZO: It’s awesome to be a part of something like this. And to have Aldon Baker as my trainer. To have everything that we need at our beck and call, there’s no real words. It’s what a true factory team is and it’s cool to have all that.

DR: How’s that with Aldon? You had some health issues earlier in your career that you didn’t know about, right?
ZO: Yeah. For me, I had a good handle on everything when I went there but the main thing is he’s brought a little more balance and more structure, which has been the biggest key for me.

DR: Do you think your background of having ridden in Europe and racing different kinds of tracks will help in Outdoors?
ZO: Yeah, definitely. I think it made me more well rounded and I can kind of lean on that sometimes.

DR: And how do you feel moving to Outdoors? You have a lot of momentum, but Outdoors is a whole different beast.
ZO: Outdoors is more my thing, I think. I’m more of a work-at-supercross kind of guy and this comes more naturally for me. So I’ve got a good mindset and good momentum coming in. My bike is really good and it’s going to be a good Outdoor season.

Big thanks to the Rockstar-Husqvarna team and Dragon Motorsports. For more on Zach, follow his Instagram feed.

Zach Osborne takes first career SX win in ATL

Under the lights of Atlanta, at the last Supercross race the Georgia Dome will see, 250-class rider Zach Osborne finally got his first win. With 45+ professional SX races under his belt, the young 250 rider not only got his first career win, but took over the points lead in the East race as the circuit shifts north to Toronto.

“Yeah, it’s pretty unreal,” Osborne told RacerX. “It’s amazing to come here. I won the KJSC here in 1998. It’s been a dream of mine ever since to win this race, and for it to be the last race in Georgia Dome … I could go on for an hour but it’s unreal. I’m grateful to be in this position to have this opportunity and just be where I’m at. It’s unreal.”

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After two races in the East Championship, Zach takes over the points lead, two points ahead of Joey Savatgy. And at the official halfway point in the season, 450 rider Jason Anderson finished 4th (once again) and retains his 5th place points standing, but gets a ton of breathing from between him and the rest of the pack.

Next stop, Toronto where the Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon team seeks more podiums and points.