Osborne was in full sprint mode as he attempted to break away from Ferrandis, however, the Yamaha rider had different thoughts as he pushed hard to keep the championship leader in sight. On Lap 2 Osborne had company with Ferrandis in hot pursuit, battling side-by-side as the thousands of fans cheered them on. Osborne was able to shut down each attempt that was thrown at him by Ferrandis, while Martin was not far behind with a front row seat to the action.
As rain began to fall on Lap 5, Osborne gradually started opening a small lead on his rivals by charging the whooped out sand rollers that were scattered across the track. Martin refused to give up as he went back and forth with Ferrandis and continued to match the Yamaha rider's lap times throughout the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto.
Osborne took his sixth moto win of the season with an 8.6 second advantage over Ferrandis, who held onto second. Martin fought hard until the very end, finishing just 2.8 seconds behind Ferrandis for third.
The 2-1 scores by Osborne helped him capture his fifth career victory, and his better second moto finish prevailed in the tiebreaker with Ferrandis (1-2). Martin finished third overall (3-3) for the second consecutive week.
"It was another good day for me and I'm happy to finish on a strong note heading into the break," said Osborne. "I caught a little bit of a break having Dylan [Ferrandis] as the guy up there battling with me. If it had been anyone else who is closer in points, I might have felt forced to push the issue a little bit more, especially in the first moto. The track was definitely deeper than last year, I thought it was really good and it got really whooped out today."
Osborne continues to hold the red plate and control the championship standings with a 45-point lead over Alex Martin, who sits in second. Jeremy Martin used his fifth-place finish (4-6) to maintain third in the standings, trailing his brother by 14 points.
"I'm generally pretty good in practice, but I just kind of felt like my bike setup was off all day," said Alex Martin. "Despite searching for a comfortable setting, I was able to get off to two great starts and that is really key on a track like this that can sometimes funnel down to just one line. I knew that it was going to be a long and hot day, so I tried to pace myself a little bit, but the rain saved us and helped cool it down in the second moto. I'm excited to go racing at my home track in Millville [Minnesota] after the break."
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take a break from racing next weekend before returning to action on Saturday, July 22, for the eighth round of the season at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota.
Main Photo: Tomac dominated in the sand at Southwick with 1-1 moto scores.br />
Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardasbr />
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - Red Bull Southwick National
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
3. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (6-3)
4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (3-6)
5. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (7-4)
6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (5-5)
7. Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda (10-7)
8. Fredrik Noren, Lidkoping, Sweden, Honda (8-10)
9. Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (13-9)
10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (9-13)
450 Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 291
2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 272
3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM - 219
4. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 216
5. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna - 198
6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki - 183
7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 164
8. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki - 150
9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha - 147
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki - 146
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (2-1)
2. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (1-2)
3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (3-3)
4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (5-4)
5. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (4-6)
6. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (7-5)
7. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (6-7)
8. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (9-8)
9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (8-10)
10. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (15-9)
250 Class Championship Standings
1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 301
2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 256
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 242
4. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha - 199
5. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 195
6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 190
7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 186
8. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki - 184
9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha - 176
10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha - 168