News 11 Nov 2019

SX2 red-plate holder Osby played it ‘too safe’ in Wollongong

Factory KTM rider second overall in New South Wales.

Image: Foremost Media.

American Josh Osby believes he played it ‘too safe’ in the opening SX2 main events at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship on Saturday night, despite emerging with the championship lead.

The Raceline KTM Thor contender went 6-3 in main events one and two before challenging for victory in the final encounter, ultimately falling short to accept runner-up honours.

Credited second overall on the night in New South Wales, Osby holds a one-point advantage over compatriot Chris Blose (Penrite Honda Racing), while former red-plate holder Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) is a further one-point behind.

“Tonight was always going to be intense with the triple crown format,” said Osby. “My game plan was [to have] solid laps and consistency with the slick track and short races.

“I think I played it a little too safe in the opening two races – the win just got away from me in the last one. But I’m pumped to take the championship lead, it’s a great achievement for the Raceline KTM Thor team and myself.”

The Australian Supercross Championship heads to New Zealand this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland, marking round four of the series.