News 15 Jan 2021

Osborne avoids injury in Houston 1 press day scare

Heavy fall for reigning outdoor champion during 450SX media session.

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne has managed to avoid injury following a major scare in press day today, around 24 hours out from round one of Monster Energy Supercross.

Osborne was ejected over the handlebars of his factory FC 450 during Friday’s media session, later confirming he would be fit to ride the opener.

“All good after this little mishap today, thank you to everyone who asked and checked in,” Osborne wrote in a brief update on social media. The incident was captured on film by French media outlet LeBig USA (embedded below).

It’s anticipated that Osborne could be an outsider of sorts for the premier class title over the next 17 rounds, picking up his first victory in Salt Lake City’s 450SX finals last year and then going on to win the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

“I’m not sure if it’s really a confidence thing, but I think the overall mindset of winning a championship in the premier class has changed a little bit for me,” he explained earlier this week. “Getting the outdoor win and just some clutch overalls that I really needed helped my overall mindset and goal a lot.

“For me, that’s the biggest thing, to check some of those boxes that needed to be checked and I can really move forward with that in my back pocket. I kind of rolled Salt Lake into the outdoors, but still, it’s tough, this class is deep and it’s going to be tough to win races no matter how many you’ve won.”