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.”

Pro Motocross Round 1
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
Pro Motocross Round 1
The 450 starting gate during the first Pro Motocross national event at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.