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Osborne Edges Towards 2020 Title With Fourth Victory of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season

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She seventh round of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing made its way to northeastern Florida for the annual GEICO Motorcycle WW Ranch National.

With hot and humid weather at WW Ranch Motocross Park, the world‰Ûªs best riders faced one of the most physically challenging rounds of the season.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Zach Osborne emerged victorious by sweeping both motos in the 450 Class, taking a class-leading fourth victory of the season and extending his championship lead. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos to take the overall win for the second consecutive week, extending his lead in the championship standings.


As the gate dropped on the opening 450 Class Moto, Osborne grabbed the Motosport.com Holeshot, closely followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Adam Cianciarulo and Team Honda HRC‰Ûªs Chase Sexton. The premier class rookie duo of Cianciarulo and Sexton quickly sprinted around Osborne on the opening lap, shuffling the championship point leader to third. Following a hard crash in the final qualifying session, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Marvin Musquin started just behind the leaders in fourth.
Zach Osborne swept both motos (1-1) for his fourth 450 Class victory of the 2020 season. - Photo: Align Media
While Cianciarulo and Sexton paced one another at the head of the field, Osborne trailed by just over three seconds, keeping the leaders within sight. At the halfway point of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto, Sexton saw an opening and struck by pulling alongside Cianciarulo and taking second. Cianciarulo instantly retaliated with a move of his own to reclaim the lead.

Entering the final stages of the moto, Osborne inched his way closer to the lead duo and used his aggressive riding style to pass Sexton around the outside of a corner. Just one lap later Osborner dove to the inside of his closest championship rival Cianciarulo and took control of the race lead.

Osborne‰Ûªs late race charge helped him secure his fifth moto win of the season by 2.7 seconds over Cianciarulo. Musquin took advantage of a late race mistake by Sexton to complete the podium in third, followed by Sexton in fourth.
Marvin Musquin put two consistent motos together for second overall (3-3). - Photo: Align Media
The final 450 Class moto of the afternoon saw Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Justin Barcia launch out of the gate to grab the Motosport.com Holeshot, followed by Musquin and Cianciarulo. Exiting the first turn, Cianciarulo grabbed a handful of throttle to blitz his way around Musquin and Barcia to take the race lead. Prior to the completion of the opening lap, Barcia would lose the front end entering a corner, allowing Anstie to take over third, just ahead of Osborne in fourth.

Cianciarulo continued his strong early moto form out front, while Musquin looked to keep the Kawasaki rider in his sight in second. A mistake by Anstie allowed Osborne to sneak by and into third. With just under 20-minutes to go, Musquin saw an opportunity to make the pass for the lead, which saw the two riders collide entering a corner and Cianciarulo hitting the ground. Musquin was able to stay up and take the lead, while Osborne and Sexton moved into second and third. Cianciarulo would remount in seventh.

Osborne made an attack on the Frenchman Musquin and took over the race lead at the halfway point of the moto. Shortly after, Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Eli Tomac latched onto the rear fender of Sexton to pass him for third. Tomac continued his charge forward, working his way up to and around Musquin for second.

Entering the final lap, Osborne and Tomac were wheel-to-wheel in the battle for the moto win. Osborne fended off the multi-time reigning champion to take his sixth moto win of the season. Tomac crossed the checkered flag to finish second, followed by Musquin in third.
The defending champion Eli Tomac just missed out on the Moto 2 victory and ended the day third (6-2). - Photo: Align Media
Osborne went 1-1 for the second time this season, capturing his fourth overall victory of the season in the premier class. Musquin‰Ûªs consistency rewarded him with second overall (3-3), edging out Tomac who made his return to the podium in third (6-2).

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs an unreal feeling to get back on top‰Û
Dylan Ferrandis triumphed via 1-1 moto scores for the second week in a row in the 250 Class. - Photo: Align Media
The first 250 Class moto saw Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Shane McElrath emerge with the Motosport.com Holeshot, just edging out his teammate Dylan Ferrandis and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs RJ hampshire. The opening lap saw Hampshire quickly go to work to steal second from Ferrandis, while Ferrandis‰Ûª championship rival Jeremy Martin started in fourth on his GEICO Honda.

As McElrath led the 40-rider field around the sandy circuit, Ferrandis managed to regroup and close the gap on Hampshire, reclaiming the second position. Just moments later, Ferrandis would continue his push towards the front as he overtook his teammate McElrath to become the new race leader. The podium battle behind Ferrandis began to heat up as GEICO Honda‰Ûªs rookie Jett Lawrence found his way by both Hampshire and McElrath to move into second.

With Ferrandis dropping the hammer and looking to breakaway from Lawrence out front, Hampshire put in another charge that allowed him to muscle his way by McElrath for third. With five minutes remaining, the final podium positions tightened up as Lawrence, Hampshire, and Jeremy Martin were separated by just seconds. A huge mistake by Hampshire saw him eject from his motorcycle off of one of the large infield jumps, moving Jeremy Martin into third.

Ferrandis would go on to take a dominating fifth moto win of the season by 9.6 seconds over Lawrence who earned a career-best second. Jeremy Martin crossed the finish line a distant third.
Justin Cooper captured his season-best finish of second overall (4-2). - Photo: Align Media
As the gate dropped for 250 Class Moto 2 it was Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Justin Cooper who emerged with the Motosport.com Holeshot ahead of JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing‰Ûªs Alex Martin and Ferrandis. The red plate holder Ferrandis quickly went to the front to lead the opening lap over Cooper, and McElrath. Jeremy Martin started the moto in seventh.

Like we‰Ûªve seen many times this season, Ferrandis used the clear track to his advantage by putting in fast laps to open a comfortable lead over his fellow competitors. Behind Ferrandis, Star Racing Yamaha teammates Cooper and McElrath remained steady in second and third. With just under 10-minutes remaining in the moto, Jeremy Martin engaged in a battle with McElrath for the final podium spot.

Ferrandis remained unchallenged en route to his six moto win of the season by 15.3 seconds. Cooper held on to take a season-best second, while Jeremy Martin made a pass on McElrath in the final laps to finish third.
Jeremy Martin was third (3-3) on the day and maintains second place behind Ferrandis in the championship. - Photo: Align Media
For the third time this season, Ferrandis swept both motos (1-1) for the overall victory. Cooper landed on the overall podium for the first time this season in second (4-2), edging out Jeremy Martin in third (3-3).

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a great feeling to get another win,‰Û
Adam Cianciarulo spent time out front in both motos and finished fourth overall (2-7). Photo: Align Media
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (1-1)
2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-3)
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-2)
4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-7)
5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (4-5)
6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (7-6)
7. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (13-4)
8. Freddie Noren, Sweden, Suzuki (9-8)
9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki (8-9)
10. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-13)

450 Class Championship Standings
1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 285
2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 256
3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM - 255
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 233
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 219
6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha - 218
7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda - 207
8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda - 163
9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki - 147
10. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki - 139

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (4-2)
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (3-3)
4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (2-5)
5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha (7-4)
6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (7-5)
7. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (9-8)
8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (8-10)
9. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda (10-11)
10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM (13-9)

250 Class Championship Standings
1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha - 307
2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 294
3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki - 224
4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha - 218
5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna - 217
6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha - 204
7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda - 200
8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki - 165
9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki - 138
10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM - 134

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