First of all, congratulations to Zach Osborne on his championship Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was well earned. Not just Saturday night but his entire career. it is the culmination of a never give up attitude that is present during his entire career.
Let’s take a look back at how Zach refused to give up several times in his career ultimately ending up on the podium Saturday night in Las Vegas with his first professional championship.
An early mini bike prodigy, Osborne was once the next big thing with a factory KTM ride as an amateur but early in his career, he was hit by injuries and illness that saw him take the trip overseas on the GP tour to save his career. When things aren’t going your way it’s easy to give up, throw in the towel, and look for a “regular” job. But not Osborne.
Taking advantage of every opportunity Osborne convinced his GP team to give it a go at some early supercross races in 2012. A ninth in Anaheim was backed up with a sixth in Phoenix and a pair of thirds in Los Angeles and Oakland. He returned to the GP’s scoring moto podiums in Great Britain and Germany but it was those 4 rides in January that sparked the interest of Geico Honda and Osborne was back in America. Not giving up gave him another chance.
With Geico, Osborne began to experience some success with five podium finishes between 2013 and 2014. In 2015 he joined the newly formed Rockstar Husqvarna team. He scored three podium finishes in 2015 but 2016 is where it all started to come together. Six podiums in supercross netted him fourth in the series standings and three podiums in the outdoors, including his first professional win coming at Budd’s Creek.
The gate dropped in Minnesota for the first round of the East Coast Supercross series. Osborne finished third but then went on a roll with wins in Atlanta & Toronto that saw him carry the red plate as the points leader. A fifth in Daytona put a hiccup in the championship run but Osborne again overcame adversity with a win in Indianapolis. Then came Detroit and a first turn crash that saw Osborne on the ground with a damaged front wheel. Switching out the damaged part put Osborne at the back of the field but the never give up attitude again prevailed. He raced to an 18th place finish and three valuable championship points. A third in St Louis and a dominant win in New Jersey set the stage for a Las Vegas finale that no one will soon forget.
Osborne got wrapped up in a first turn crash, one that saw him remount in last place with the field about 1/3 of the track ahead of him. Again, Osborne did not give up. He charged through the pack making passes and doing whatever was necessary to race to the front. A crash by points leader Jordan Smith and a last lap charge by Osborne earned him enough points to take the win.
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So again, congratulations on your championship Zach Osborne. Your never give up attitude throughout your entire career earned it.
The 2016 outdoor motocross season is less than a week away. Can Ryan Dungey continue his winning ways? Has Ken Roczen found the magic to take the championship he last held in 2014? What about Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia and a host of other racers ready to challenge for the championship. And that’s not even looking at the 250 series. Everyone is back to zero when the gate drops Saturday afternoon in Hangtown.
The series runs for 12 rounds between now and the end of August. 2016 marks the return of Southwick to the schedule. The “Wick” offers the racers a completely different type of track than the rest of the series and it’s date in July should make it nice an warm further testing man and machine.
The series opens in Hangtown. More specifically in Rancho Cordova, CA, a city in Northern California’s Sacramento County. 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the event making it the oldest stop on the AMA national circuit.
For more information on Hangtown, check out MX Sports online for all of the details.
Who will win this year? Here are my top 3 for each class and who I think will see it all to the end of the series this August in Indiana.
Ryan Dungey – I think Dungey will take his momentum from Las Vegas right into the outdoors with an overall victory. I don’t feel like it will be a 1-1 sweep perhaps a 2-1 for the overall.
Ken Roczen – 1-2 moto scores for second overall. Rozen’s been flying the last couple of the weeks of the supercross series and if not for a small mistake in Las Vegas I think he would have won. I think Dungey and Roczen will do battle all season long swapping wins and overall’s throughout the series.
Eli Tomac – Tomac will take his recent momentum along with the memory of his 2015 outdoor speed into a solid opening weekend finish setting up 2016 to be a very exciting year in outdoor motocross.
Ryan Dungey – Photo by Scott Lukaitis
Ken Roczen – Photo by Scott Lukaitis
Eli Tomac – Photo by Scott Lukaitis
Jeremy Martin- 1-1 for the overall. I think Martin will be a dominant racer in the 250 class this season. It will be his final season in the class and I feel he could be the man to beat.
Aaron Plessinger-3-2 for second overall. Plessinger showed speed in supercross in 2016 and outdoors in 2015 so I think he could be the next guy on the box at Hangtown.
Zach Osborne- 2-3 for third overall. I think Osborne will be a solid top 3 racer each week, ready to pounce if the opportunity is right. Keep an eye on the #16 Husqvarna this season.
Jeremy Martin – Photo by Scott Lukaitis
Aaron Plessinger – Photo by Scott Lukaitis
Zach Osborne – Photo by Scott Lukaitis
So who do I think will win each championship? What about my top 3? Here they are.
I’m planning on wrapping up each week following each event and adding a preview of the next week. Let me know what you think and check back in August to see how I did.