Osborne extends 450MX advantage with RedBud 1 sweep
Perfect score at fourth round earns Martin 250MX points-lead.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship leader Zach Osborne has extended his 450MX advantage after claiming a dominant clean-sweep at RedBud 1 on Friday.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Osborne led from start to finish in a pivotal first 450MX moto, getting out front early and maintaining a slim advantage at the front.
Osborne topped Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) by 1.912s, with rookie Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) earning a top three result in P3.
Defending champion Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) recovered from ninth on lap one to fourth ahead of teammate Adam Cianciarulo, who went down while in second on the opening lap.
Finishing seventh was Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha), moving by Christian Craig (Team Honda HRC) – who was in podium position early – on the final lap, while Broc Tickle (Monster Energy Yamaha), Joey Savatgy (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki) and Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS) were the top 10.
There was disappointment for Fredrik Noren, the factory Suzuki rider starting inside the top five, but forced out with a bike problem soon afterwards.
Osborne was unstoppable this afternoon in the first of two-straight rounds at RedBud, sprinting toictory in the second outing for what was his first-career 450MX sweep.
Behind him, Barcia was 2.647s in arrears as he got the better of Cianciarulo for position, with Sexton fourth and Tomac losing ground in fifth. Scoring strong results in positions six through 10th was Musquin, top qualifier Baggett, Craig, Tickle and Noren.
Overall for the round, Osborne made it three wins from four to date in 2020, joined on the podium by Sexton and Barcia.
Osborne leads the championship by 26 points from Barcia, which will reach the halfway point on Monday, 7 September, with round five of the season at RedBud 2.
Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin has taken the 250MX red plates in the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship following a clean-sweep at RedBud 1.
The opening moto of 250MX was won by Martin as he collected his second in a row, following on from Ironman a week ago, working his way into the lead on lap 10.
He would go on to win by 4.843s over RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Ty Masterpool (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), who led more than half of the moto after pulling the holeshot.
Masterpool was able to keep Jett Lawrence (Geico Honda) at bay, with Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) filling the top five.
Positions six through 10 included Alex Martin (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki), Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), Shane McElrath (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) and the returning Darian Sanayei (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki), who had been inside the top three early.
Ferrandis went down on the opening lap, again forced into damage limitation mode by charging back up the order to seventh at the conclusion of the moto.
Making it a 1-1 for his second round win in a row, Martin increased the pressure on Ferrandis in the race for this championship by taking the red plates in the process. Martin stalked McElrath through the opening portion of the race before striking just prior to halfway and then going on to win by 4.815s, with Ferrandis charging to third.
The latter climbed through the order to steal a podium from a gritty Alex Martin on the final lap, followed by Hampshire, Cooper, McAdoo, Jett Lawrence, Brandon Hartranft (TLD Red Bull KTM) and Hunter Lawrence (Geico Honda) in a season-best result.
Overall, Jeremy Martin stood atop the podium from Hampshire and McElrath, with Martin now leading the standings by 12 points ahead of Ferrandis – P4 today – entering round five of the 2020 championship at RedBud 2 on Monday, 7 September.