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Osborne Captures Fourth 250 Class Win

7/8/2017

 

 

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (July 8, 2017) - The seventh round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, witnessed the worlds best riders encounter the sandy soil at The Wick 338, which ultimately served as the most physically demanding track of the season thus far. Points leader Eli Tomac continued on his recent hot streak by putting his Monster Energy Kawasaki atop the podium for the third straight round, and fourth time this season, to extend his championship lead. In the 250 Class, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne emerged with his second consecutive 250 Class win. 

 

As the first 250 Class moto rounded the first corner, it was Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM rider Alex Martin who emerged with his third Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, with Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger and GEICO Honda's RJ Hampshire in tow. Hampshire made quick work of Plessinger to successfully make the pass for second and began to set his sights on the race lead. When the 40-rider field completed the opening lap, it was Martin, Hampshire, and Plessinger out front.

 

Despite Martin facing a clear track ahead, Hampshire was on fire as he carried his momentum around the fast sweeping turns and closed in for the top spot. Hampshire used a strong drive down one of the straights and out-braked Martin to become the new race leader on Lap 1. Just one lap later, Hampshire lost the front end through the rolling whoops, which took him to the ground and allowed Martin to retake the lead. Hampshire's misfortune allowed Plessinger to move back into second, just ahead of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammate Dylan Ferrandis. By Lap 3, the Yamaha duo paced one another and started to reduce the gap that separated them from race leader Martin. 

 

Plessinger made a costly mistake while stalking Martin for the first and hit the ground hard as he got sideways over one of the tracks jumps, which prematurely ended his race. Martin continued to lead out front, while Ferrandis and Hampshire took advantage of Plessinger's mishap to control second and third, respectively. On Lap 7, Ferrandis was hot on the heels of Martin, eventually finding his way around to make the pass stick. Ferrandis made a mistake and tipped over just turns later, moving Martin back into the top spot as Ferrandis quickly remounted in second.

 

With Martin and Ferrandis setting the pace out front, Osborne, who started seventh, started picking riders off one-by-one and overtook Hampshire for third. Ferrandis had no problem brushing off his tip over from a few laps prior and looked to have his sights set on the race lead once again. On Lap 9, the Frenchman aggressively blitzed his way around Martin and back into the lead. Osborne started to find his flow and closed in on the defensive Martin for second before making the pass at the end of the lap.   

 

Ferrandis rode flawless during the final laps to score his second moto win of the season, with 6.9 seconds to spare on Osborne in second. Martin, who led more than half of the race, would complete the podium in third, narrowly edging out his brother and GEICO Honda rider Jeremy Martin in fourth.

 

In Moto 2, Osborne edged out Alex Martin and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy to take his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the year. First moto winner Ferrandis was just behind the trio and made short work of Savatgy to move into third, which then led to him making the move on Martin for second just a few turns later. At the completion of the opening lap it was Osborne, Martin, and Ferrandis who paced the field.

 

Osborne was in full sprint mode as he attempted to break away from Ferrandis, however, the Yamaha rider had different thoughts as he pushed hard to keep the championship leader in sight. On Lap 2 Osborne had company with Ferrandis in hot pursuit, battling side-by-side as the thousands of fans cheered them on. Osborne was able to shut down each attempt that was thrown at him by Ferrandis, while Martin was not far behind with a front row seat to the action.

 

As rain began to fall on Lap 5, Osborne gradually started opening a small lead on his rivals by charging the whooped out sand rollers that were scattered across the track. Martin refused to give up as he went back and forth with Ferrandis and continued to match the Yamaha rider's lap times throughout the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto.

 

Osborne took his sixth moto win of the season with an 8.6 second advantage over Ferrandis, who held onto second. Martin fought hard until the very end, finishing just 2.8 seconds behind Ferrandis for third. 

 

The 2-1 scores by Osborne helped him capture his fifth career victory, and his better second moto finish prevailed in the tiebreaker with Ferrandis (1-2). Martin finished third overall (3-3) for the second consecutive week.

"It was another good day for me and I'm happy to finish on a strong note heading into the break," said Osborne. "I caught a little bit of a break having Dylan [Ferrandis] as the guy up there battling with me. If it had been anyone else who is closer in points, I might have felt forced to push the issue a little bit more, especially in the first moto. The track was definitely deeper than last year, I thought it was really good and it got really whooped out today."

Osborne continues to hold the red plate and control the championship standings with a 45-point lead over Alex Martin, who sits in second. Jeremy Martin used his fifth-place finish (4-6) to maintain third in the standings, trailing his brother by 14 points. 

 

"I'm generally pretty good in practice, but I just kind of felt like my bike setup was off all day," said Alex Martin. "Despite searching for a comfortable setting, I was able to get off to two great starts and that is really key on a track like this that can sometimes funnel down to just one line. I knew that it was going to be a long and hot day, so I tried to pace myself a little bit, but the rain saved us and helped cool it down in the second moto. I'm excited to go racing at my home track in Millville [Minnesota] after the break."

 

The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take a break from racing next weekend before returning to action on Saturday, July 22, for the eighth round of the season at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. First motos of the Spring Creek National can be seen live on MAVTV at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET. The second motos will air via tape delay on NBC Sports Network at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.

 

 

Results

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Red Bull Southwick National
The Wick 338 - Southwick, Massachusetts
July 8, 2017 

 

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (2-1)
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (1-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (3-3)
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (5-4)
  5. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (4-6)
  6. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (7-5)
  7. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (6-7)
  8. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (9-8)
  9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (8-10)
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (15-9)

 

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 301
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 256
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 242
  4. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha - 199
  5. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 195
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 190
  7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 186
  8. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki - 184
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha - 176
  10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha - 16
 

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