"[A win] has been a long time coming, and this is a massive relief," said Cianciarulo. "It was a struggle for me the past couple of weeks and really easy for me to get down on myself since I was so close to a win and blew it a couple of times. In the first moto today I told myself that I would rather pass out from trying so hard before I was willing to let someone pass me. I felt so much weight lifted off of my shoulders when I crossed the line for the win in that first moto. 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."
Osborne battled through adversity to finish second overall (8-1), while McElrath rounded out the podium in third (4-3).
Osborne's championship gives him a sweep of 250 Class titles in 2017, three months after claiming his first AMA Supercross 250SX Eastern Regional title in May. He's the 28th different champion in 250 Class history, and made his pro debut during the 2006 season. It's also the first ever Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title for Husqvarna, which was a part of the inaugural championship back in 1972.
"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. "The first moto today was tough with going down on the start and I was forced to battle through the field, which seems like it's been a common thing for me this season. I felt good in the second moto and really comfortable once I got into the lead, so I just raced it like it was any other race. 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."
Martin's fourth-place finish (2-6) also clinched the runner-up spot in the championship standings, while Cianciarulo's victory vaulted him from seventh to third. He holds a six-point lead over teammate Joey Savatgy, who was forced to miss the race following an injury in practice.
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will crown a 450 Class Champion next Saturday with the final round of the season from Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 26th.
Main Photo: Zach Osborne is the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion, clinching the Gary Jones Cup at Budds Creek.
Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (1-3)
2 Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (2-4)
3 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (7-1)
4 Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (5-2)
5 Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (4-8)
6 Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (8-6)
7 Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha (9-7)
8 Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Suzuki (6-10)
9 Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda (10-9)
10 Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (16-5)
450 Class Championship Standings
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 439 Points
2 Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 411 Points
3 Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM - 409 Points
4 Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna - 320 Points
5 Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 294 Points
6 Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki - 286 Points
7 Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna - 263 Points
8 Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki - 241 Points
9 Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha - 237 Points
10 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 216 Points
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-2)
2 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (8-1)
3 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (4-3)
4 Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (2-6)
5 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (5-4)
6 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (3-7)
7 Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (7-5)
8 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (9-9)
9 Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki (6-12)
10 Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (11-10)
250 Class Championship Standings
1 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 451 Points
2 Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 387 Points
3 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 330 Points
4 Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 324 Points
5 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 319 Points
6 Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha - 305 Points
7 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 296 Points
8 Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha - 265 Points
9 Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha - 250 Points
10 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM - 248 Points