Loretta Lynn’s Pro Motocross opener belongs to Osborne
A convincing 1-2 for Husqvarna after teammates trade moto wins.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne took a first-career 450MX overall today at Loretta Lynn’s 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship opener.
The opening premier class moto was controlled by Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) as he stormed to the front on lap one and delivered a 4.895s win.
Anderson led factory Husqvarna teammate Osborne, who pressed through the field from the back of the top 10 into the runner-up position. A hard-charging Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha) came from even further back to third, with Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) fourth and teammate Cooper Webb fifth after circulating as high as second.
The first appearance of Adam Cianciarulo (Monster Energy Kawasaki) resulted in P6, passing teammate Eli Tomac in the latter stages, as Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain WPS KTM), Joey Savatgy (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki) and now privateer Benny Bloss (Husqvarna) were the top 10.
The holeshot belonged to Fredrik Noren (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki) alongside Savatgy, while another to put on an early attack was top qualifier Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC), but he made an error while battling for the podium and wound up 13th.
Winning the second moto this afternoon at the ranch saw Osborne earn his first 450MX victory, overcoming a late challenge from Tomac to cross the line 3.605s ahead of the number one plate-holder and Sexton was third.
It was initially Cianciarulo who led the way only to crash out of contention with bike damage, handing Osborne the lead and that’s where he stayed.
Behind the top three came Baggett and Musquin, while opening race victor Anderson was among the top three early, only to gradually slide down the order later in the race to sixth.
Barcia recovered from an early fall for eighth ahead of Webb, Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Max Anstie (HEP Motorsports Suzuki). Overall via a 2-1 score, Osborne stood in the middle of the podium ahead of Anderson and Tomac.
The 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will continue with round two of nine scheduled next Saturday, 22 August, once again at Loretta Lynn’s.