Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Redbud MX Race Report

The historic RedBud National, held in Buchanan, Michigan, marked the halfway point of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne had a consistent ride and finished third overall in the 250 class, while teammates Christophe Pourcel and Martin Davalos finished seventh and 12th, respectively, in the 450 and 250 classes. Jason Anderson is still recovering from a broken collarbone and was forced to sit the race out.

Zach Osborne has been putting in some strong motos lately, and didn’t let the tough RedBud track change his course on Saturday. After pulling mid-pack starts in both 250 motos he put in work and rocketed his Husqvarna FC 250 toward the front of the pack within a few short laps. His consistent lap times and battle mind set propelled him from 12th to a fifth-place finish in moto one. His second moto was just as inspiring as he started mid-pack and navigated to third by the ninth lap. He overtook second with two laps to go and didn’t look back. Continuing to battle, he got closer to the leader in the final lap with third place directly behind him. He put in a great ride and was only a few short bike lengths behind the win at the finish. The 5-2 finish gave him third overall on the day, and he is currently fifth overall in 250 rider point standings.
“Today was OK,” said Osborne. “I didn’t feel that great in practice and ended up 14th fastest. I just had a long travel day yesterday and it kind of wore on me. I had a little bit of doubt going into the motos, but knew if everything went well I could pull it off. I didn’t get a great start in the first moto, but I rode up to fifth. Then got pretty much the same start in the second moto, but I rode up to second and was really close to winning. That’s a good feeling. To be on the podium again is nice. I think I can continue this momentum for the next couple of weeks and hopefully be a little closer to the championship.”

Christophe Pourcel posted the fastest 450 qualifying time at RedBud. He was in the top 10 at the start of the first 450 moto and battled his way up to the sixth-place position by the end of the race. After a similar start in moto two, he stayed consistent and steady and finished seventh. The 6-7 finish put him at seventh overall, and he is currently seventh overall in 450 rider point standings.

“I had the fastest qualifying time again and probably put in two of the most consistent motos I’ve ever done,” said Pourcel. “It’s good that my speed is coming back. It’s been good two weeks in a row. We have a couple more races to go, so that’s good. The top six or seven guys are so good, so it’s tough when you don’t get a good start and just have to fight the rest of the moto. It’s tough to make a pass when you’re riding with guys that are all the same speed as you. I’m just going to get some rest this week and will hopefully get a better start at the next race.”

Martin Davalos dug deep this weekend despite an incident with a drunk driver earlier in the week that almost prevented him from racing. He pulled a mid-pack start in the first 250 moto and would eventually finish the race in 15th. He got an excellent top-three start in moto two, and immediately started battling for position. He came out of the opening lap in fifth, and finished seventh. The 15-7 gave him 12th overall, and he is currently 14th overall in 250 rider point standings.

“I had a little incident this week so I’ve been super sore,” said Davalos. “I got rear ended by a drunk driver on Monday, and was in the hospital. So it’s been a tough week for me. I really didn’t know if I was going to race, and just decided to come and do my best. I ran out of tear offs during the first moto and wasn’t able to put a good race together. I had a better start in the second moto and dug deep to finish seventh, despite a lot of cramping. I’m just thankful that I’m ok and was able to race. I’m really looking forward to racing next week at Southwick. Hopefully I don’t get rear ended again this week.”

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RedBud MX Results:

250 Class:
1. Cooper Webb
2. Alex Martin
3. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

12. Martin Davalos - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250 Class Rider Point Standings:
1. Cooper Webb – 243 points
2. Joey Savatgy – 232 points
3. Jeremy Martin – 209 points
4. Alex Martin – 198 points
5. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 190 points
6. Austin Forkner – 164 points
7. Aaron Plessinger – 152 points
8. Shane McElrath – 124 points
9. Mitchell Oldenburg – 117 points
10. RJ Hampshire – 113 points

14. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 95 points

450 Class:
1. Ken Roczen
2. Eli Tomac
3. Broc Tickle

7. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Class Rider Point Standings:
1. Ken Roczen – 293 points
2. Eli Tomac – 240 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 167 points
4. Cole Seely – 151 points
5. Broc Tickle – 147 points
6. Justin Barcia – 146 points
7. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 136 points
8. Ryan Dungey – 131 points
9. Justin Bogle – 118 points
10. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 113 points

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