A day of firsts at Budds Creek National
Osborne, Bogle, Cianciarulo earn titles at Budds Creek National
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.
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.
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.