A day of firsts at Budds Creek Na­tional

Os­borne, Bogle, Cian­cia­rulo earn ti­tles at Budds Creek Na­tional

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

A trio of rid­ers were look­ing to do some­thing spe­cial Satur­day at Budds Creek Mo­tocross Park in Me­chan­icsville as the Lu­cas Oil Pro Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship came to town

for the GEICO Budds Creek Na­tional.

Rockstar En­ergy Husq­varna Fac­tory Rac­ing’s Zach Os­borne en­tered the 11th stop of the 12-round cham­pi­onship se­ries with a chance to clinch his first ca­reer cham­pi­onship.

The Abing­don, Va., na­tive did just that, staving off the com­pe­ti­tion in the end en route to wrap­ping up the 250 Class na­tional out­door ti­tle.

Qual­i­fy­ing rounds kicked off Satur­day morn­ing with the top 40 best times ad­vanc­ing to the cham­pi­onship races in each class.

The race for­mat for each class con­sists of two 35-minute races called mo­tos, with the scores from each moto com­bined to

de­ter­mine the over­all win­ner.

Os­borne’s cham­pi­onship came at the same track where he earned his first over­all vic­tory a sea­son ago and gave him a sweep of 2017 250 Class ti­tles in 2017, also claim­ing his first AMA Su­per­cross 250SX Eastern Re­gional ti­tle in May.

“This sea­son has been chal­leng­ing for a few dif­fer­ent rea­sons, and it gave me cold chills when I passed by the me­chan­ics area on the fi­nal lap with the team cheer­ing,” said Os­borne, who stated that he will be mov­ing up to the 450 Class next sea­son. “It’s ironic that I cap­tured my first ca­reer win here

at Budds Creek last year and now my cham­pi­onship. This is def­i­nitely a track that I love.”

Head­ing into the fi­nal round of the sea­son at Iron­man Na­tional in Illi­nois this week­end, Os­borne cur­rently leads the 250 Class stand­ings with 451 points, while GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin of Mil­lville, Minn., sits in sec­ond with 387.

Os­borne wasn’t the only one with a ca­reer day of firsts as RCH/Yoshimura/ Suzuki Fac­tory’s Justin Bogle (3-1 moto fin­ish) emerged with his first ca­reer over­all win in the 450 Class.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to get a win,” said Bogle, who achieved his first ca­reer moto win in the third round at Thun­der Val­ley, Colo. “This is my first ca­reer podium in the 450 Class and to make it a win is pretty un­real. My starts were awe­some to­day and that was re­ally im­por­tant since the track was very dif­fi­cult to make passes on. All the hard work has paid off this sum­mer.”

Mon­ster En­ergy/Pro Cir­cuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cian­cia­rulo (1-2) broke through the ranks with his first ca­reer vic­tory in the 250 Class, also fin­ish­ing run­ner-up be­hind in the sec­ond moto by Os­borne (8-1 moto fin­ish), who fin­ished sec­ond over­all on the day.

There is a close bat­tle for the 450 ti­tle en­ter­ing the Iron­man Na­tional as Kawasaki’s Eli To­mac (7-1) of Cortez, Colo., leads in the stand­ings with 439 points, while KTM team­mates Blake Baggett (5-2) is sec­ond with 411 points and France’s Marvin Musquin (2-4) right be­hind him in third with 409 points.

Com­ing into Budds Creek, Musquin had won the last six mo­tos.

To­mac has to score at least 22 points at the fi­nal round in or­der to clinch his first premier class ti­tle, which could be ac­com­plished with a run­ner-up fin­ish or bet­ter in the open­ing moto.

“I was start­ing to lose my mind be­fore the sec­ond moto to­day,” To­mac said. “I had three mo­tos in a row that were

re­ally dif­fi­cult and I found out that go­ing into pro­tec­tive and safe mode is not the way to go. I got bumped around on the start in the first moto to­day and a sev­enth was all that I was able to make hap­pen.”

In Satur­day’s first moto of the 250 Class, things got off to a tough start for Os­borne when he got into a first turn pileup, but was able to work his way out of the first lap in­ci­dent with an eighth­place fin­ish in the re­spec­tive race.

Mean­while, Cian­cia­rulo grabbed the holeshot and held on for the vic­tory, with Martin and RJ Hamp­shire emerg­ing in sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

“I felt so much weight lifted off of my shoul­ders when I crossed the line for the win in that first moto,” Cian­cia­rulo said. “It’s taken me longer than I ex­pected to get here with all of my in­juries, but in the end it’s made it more re­ward­ing and I’m so glad that I never gave up.”

Traders Rac­ing’s Tony Archer, a na­tive of Wal­dorf ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship races in the 450 Class on Satur­day af­ter strong qual­i­fy­ing rounds and took 26th over­all on the day af­ter col­lect­ing 23-24 moto fin­ishes as he faced the top rid­ers in the world.

PHOTO BY MX SPORTS PRO RAC­ING

Zach Os­borne of Abing­don, Va., cel­e­brates with the af­ter clinch­ing his first-ever Lu­cas Oil Pro Mo­tocross 250 Class cham­pi­onship at Satur­day’s GEICO Budds Creek Na­tional at Budds Creek Mo­tocross Park in Me­chan­icsville on Satur­day in the 11th stop of the 12-round cham­pi­onship se­ries. Os­borne col­lected a 8-1 moto fin­ish on the day.

PHOTO BY MX SPORTS PRO RAC­ING

Mon­ster/Pro Cir­cuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cian­cia­rulo notched his first-ever over­all vic­tory in his ca­reer in the 250 Class at Satur­day’s Lu­cas Oil Pro Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship GEICO Budds Creek Na­tional at Budds Creek Mo­tocross Park in Me­chan­icsville. Cian­cia­rulo fin­ished first in Moto 1 and was run­ner-up in Moto 2.

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