Zach Osborne scores his first Pro Motocross 450 win at Loretta Lynn’s

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The AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series’ first trip to the famed Loretta Lynn’s Ranch produced a first-time winner in the premier 450 class for Round 1 of the delayed 2020 season.

Zach Osborne won the overall event Saturday at the season opener in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, as the historic amateur motocross venue played host to its inaugural national event with professional riders.

Continuing the momentum of his comeback from a February practice crash that left him with a fractured back and ribs and a broken wrist, Osborne finished second in the first moto and won the second moto.

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory teammate Jason Anderson finished second overall after winning the first moto and finishing sixth in the latter.

It was the second consecutive victory in major dirt bike competition for Osborne, who broke through for his first Supercross victory in that series’ June 21 finale.

“I worked so hard to come back from injury, so it means a lot to be up here,” Osborne said after reaching the podium. “I’m so grateful that we even have the opportunity to be here and race.

“I’m appreciative of all the hard work everyone put in to make this happen, because we’re in hard times right now. This track raced unbelievably today, and it showed why it’s so legendary.”

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Dylan Ferrandis won the 250 class.

Eli Tomac, who is aiming to become the first rider to win four consecutive Outdoors championships, finished third overall after rebounding from a disappointing seventh in the first moto with a runner-up to Osborne in the second race.

In the 250 class, two-time Supercross 250 West champion Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for the overall victory ahead of RJ Hampshire and Jeremy Martin.

Because of the cancellation of the Washougal event, Pro Motocross will return to Loretta Lynn’s for the second round of the season on Aug. 22.


RESULTS

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (2-1)
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (1-6)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (7-2)
  4. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-5)
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (3-7)
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (8-4)
  7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (5-8)
  8. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (13-3)
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Suzuki (9-11)
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (12-9)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 47
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 40
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 36
  4. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 34
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 34
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 31
  7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 29
  8. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 28
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Suzuki – 22
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna – 21
  11. Max Anstie, England, Suzuki – 21

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (3-2)
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (2-3)
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha (4-4)
  5. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (5-5)
  6. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (6-7)
  7. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (9-6)
  8. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (10-8)
  9. Mason Gonzales, Fort Walten Beach, Fla., Yamaha (8-12)
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM (16-10)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 50
  2. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 42
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 42
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 36
  5. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 32
  6. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 29
  7. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 27
  8. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 24
  9. Mason Gonzales, Fort Walten Beach, Fla., Yamaha – 22
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 16
  11. Nick Gaines, Ringold, Ga., Yamaha – 16
  12. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM – 16
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The 450 starting gate during the first Pro Motocross national event at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Justin Grant prevails over Kyle Larson in the Turkey Night Grand Prix

Grant Larson Turkey Night
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On the heels of his Hangtown 100 victory, Justin Grant worked his way from 13th in the Turkey Night Grand Prix to beat three-time event winner Kyle Larson by 1.367 seconds. The 81st annual event was run at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the sixth time.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant said in a series press release. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”

With its genesis in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium, a quarter-mile dirt track in Los Angeles, the race is steeped in history with winners that include AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Gary Bettenhausen and Johnnie Parsons. Tony Stewart won it in 2000. Kyle Larson won his first of three Turkey Night Grands Prix in 2012. Christopher Bell earned his first of three in 2014, so Grant’s enthusiasm was well deserved.

So was the skepticism that he would win. He failed to crack the top five in three previous attempts, although he came close last year with a sixth-place result. When he lined up for the feature 13th in the crowded 28-car field, winning seemed like a longshot.

Grant watched as serious challengers fell by the wayside. Mitchel Moles flipped on Lap 10 of the feature. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid took a tumble on Lap 68 and World of Outlaws Sprint car driver Carson Macedo flipped on Lap 79. Grant saw the carnage ahead of him and held a steady wheel as he passed Tanner Thorson for the lead with 15 laps remaining and stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the event.

“It’s a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Grant said.


Kyle Larson follows Justin Grant to the front on Turkey Night

The 2012, 2016 and 2019 winner, Larson was not scheduled to run the event. His wife Katelyn is expecting their third child shortly, but after a couple of glasses of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and while watching some replays of the event, Larson texted car owner Chad Boat to see if he had a spare car lying around. He did.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson said. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end.

“I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into [Turn] 1 and get clear off [Turn] 2 if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

Larson padded one of the most impressive stats in the history of this race, however. In 10 starts, he’s won three times, finished second four times, was third once and fourth twice.

Bryant Wiedeman took the final spot on the podium.

As Grant and Larson began to pick their way through the field, Kofoid took the lead early from the outside of the front row and led the first 44 laps of the race before handing it over to Cannon McIntosh, who bicycled on Lap 71 before landing on all fours. While Macedo and Thorson tussled for the lead with McIntosh, Grant closed in.

Thorson finished 19th with McIntosh 20th. Macedo recovered from his incident to finish ninth. Kofoid’s hard tumble relegated him to 23rd.

Jake Andreotti in fourth and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top five.

1. Justin Grant (started 13)
2. Kyle Larson (22)
3. Bryant Wiedeman (4)
4. Jake Andreotti (9)
5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1)
6. Logan Seavey (8)
7. Alex Bright (27)
8. Emerson Axsom (24)
9. Carson Macedo (7)
10. Jason McDougal (18)
11. Jake Swanson (16)
12. Chase Johnson (6)
13. Jacob Denney (26)
14. Ryan Timms (23)
15. Chance Crum (28)
16. Brenham Crouch (17)
17. Jonathan Beason (19)
18. Cade Lewis (14)
19. Tanner Thorson (11)
20. Cannon McIntosh (3)
21. Thomas Meseraull (15)
22. Tyler Courtney (21)
23. Buddy Kofoid (2)
24. Brody Fuson (5)
25. Mitchel Moles (20)
26. Daniel Whitley (10)
27. Kaylee Bryson (12)
28. Spencer Bayston (25)