However, fourth and 16th-place finishes in his two races was actually still enough for him to hold onto the points lead.
Osborne and his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team were relieved to settle for 10th overall at Minnesota at the weekend, Osborne valiantly fighting with a flat front-tyre flat during race two of the Spring Creek National.
Coming into the second moto, Osborne held a solid fourth-place finish from race one and he had high hopes of finishing the day off on the podium but race two brought a major obstacle his way.
He got off to a great start in third, battling for a podium position through the first half of the race. However, the points leader felt things begin to change mid-way through the race and he spent the last nine laps in pure survival mode, adapting to his unfortunate situation. Despite a flat front tire, Osborne was able to continue on and salvage valuable points with 16th place in the second moto, where he still maintains a 15-point lead in the 450X Championship with three rounds remaining.
“It’s not the day we had hoped for but I still have the points lead and I’m still in a good spot,” Osborne said. “If someone would’ve said you’ll have a 15-point lead with three rounds to go I would’ve said sign me up! So now it’s time to fight for the goal.”
Team-mates Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship as both riders continue to recover from recent injuries.
Next Race: September 26 – WW Ranch National – Jacksonville, Florida
Spring Creek National – Results:
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki (1-1)
- Blake Baggett, KTM (2-2)
- Justin Barcia, Yamaha (5-4)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (1-1)
- Jeremy Martin, Honda (5-2)
- Alex Martin, Suzuki (4-4)
450MX Rider Point Standings – After 6 of 9 rounds
- Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 235 points
- Adam Cianciarulo, 220 points
- Marvin Musquin, KTM, 215 points
250MX Rider Point Standings – After 6 of 9 rounds
- Dylan Ferrandis, 257 points
- Jeremy Martin, 254 points
- RJ Hampshire, Husqvarna, 202 points
Photo courtesy Husqvarna USA
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