News 30 Sep 2019

MXoN conditions close to toughest ever for Team USA’s Osborne

Fifth in Open class and sixth in Nations classification the result for top American.

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne has declared Sunday’s conditions at the 2019 Motocross of Nations (MXoN) as some of the worst he’s experienced in his career.

Osborne, who formed part of Team USA alongside Husqvarna teammate Jason Anderson and Yamaha-mounted Justin Cooper, finished fifth in the Open class via 5-15 results.

“It’s been a tough day for everyone, but maybe especially for Team USA,” he commented. “I feel that we did all we could, we came into the event with a great attitude and a great team, things just didn’t work out for us, but that’s racing.

“We prepared well, but conditions and luck weren’t with us. I think these might have been the worst conditions I’ve ever raced in, certainly some of the toughest. Each of my motos went okay – they were tough, but fifth in my first race was okay.

“My second race was harder. I got a decent start, but I found it hard to move forwards. Also, I had to change goggles once and, yeah, it was tough. From a team point of view, it’s not at all the result we wanted, but I’m sure we’d do it all again to be here racing for our country.”

It was a considerable effort from the high-profile American team, which arrived in Europe early to prepare, eventually credited sixth overall in the 2019 running following an incident-filled trio of motos on Sunday.