Osborne Takes Fourth Victory of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season at WW Ranch

Ferrandis Goes Back-to-back in the 250 Class

JACKSONVILLE, FL – September 27, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The 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’s best riders faced one of the most physically challenging rounds of the season. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s 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’s Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos to take the overall win for the second consecutive week, extending his lead in the championship standings.

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Zach Osborne swept both motos (1-1) for his fourth 450 Class victory of the 2020 season.
Photo: Align Media

As the gate dropped on the opening 450 Class Moto, Osborne grabbed the Motosport.com Holeshot, closely followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo and Team Honda HRC’s 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’s Marvin Musquin started just behind the leaders in fourth.

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’s 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.

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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’s 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’s 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.

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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’s consistency rewarded him with second overall (3-3), edging out Tomac who made his return to the podium in third (6-2).

“It’s an unreal feeling to get back on top” explained Osborne. “A week ago we were faced with some adversity, but we responded with two moto wins today. This is what makes all of the hard work and tough times we face during the week worth it. I had to fight for that second moto win, Eli [Tomac] was on it, but we dug deep and managed to get the job done.”

The overall win helped Osborne extend his championship lead to 29-points over Cianciarulo who finished fourth overall (2-7). Musquin maintains his third position in the standings, just a single point behind Cianciarulo.

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Adam Cianciarulo spent time out front in both motos and finished fourth overall (2-7).
Photo: Align Media

The first 250 Class moto saw Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Shane McElrath emerge with the Motosport.com Holeshot, just edging out his teammate Dylan Ferrandis and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ hampshire. The opening lap saw Hampshire quickly go to work to steal second from Ferrandis, while Ferrandis’ 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’s 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.

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Dylan Ferrandis triumphed via 1-1 moto scores for the second week in a row in the 250 Class.
Photo: Align Media

As the gate dropped for 250 Class Moto 2 it was Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper who emerged with the Motosport.com Holeshot ahead of JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing’s 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’ve 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.

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Justin Cooper captured his season-best finish of second overall (4-2).
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).

“It’s a great feeling to get another win,” said Ferrandis. “Every race and moto is really important. To go 1-1 today is huge and it’s great to show how strong I am when the conditions are tough. My starts were much better overall, so it’s quite a nice feeling to have it pay off with a good overall result. There are two races left and it’s going to be important to keep this momentum rolling for the championship.”

The win helped Ferrandis extend his championship point lead to 13-points over Jeremy Martin. Jeremy’s brother, Alex Martin, finished sixth overall (5-7) on the day and moved to third in the standings.

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Jeremy Martin was third (3-3) on the day and maintains second place behind Ferrandis in the championship.
Photo: Align Media

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend on Saturday, October 3 for the penultimate round of the 2020 season in Lakewood, Colorado. The opening motos from the WPS/Fly Racing Thunder Valley National will air live on MAVTV, beginning at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET, followed by second motos tape delayed on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET. All four motos will also stream live on NBC Sports Gold, beginning at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET.

Results

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
GEICO Motorcycle WW Ranch National
WW Motocross Park – Jacksonville, Florida
September 26, 2020

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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