Zach Osborne, Jeremy Martin earn motocross sweeps at RedBud

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Zach Osborne (450 division) and Jeremy Martin (250) continued their impressive Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series championship campaigns as points leaders won both motos Friday at the RedBud MX.

The legendary circuit is playing host to its first Friday-Monday doubleheader on the circuit, and Osborne took the holeshot in both motos for his third overall victory this season. Chase Sexton was second after finishes of third and fourth, and Justin Barcia snatched the final podium spot with a runner-up in the second moto.

It was the first time Osborne swept both motos in an Outdoor event in the premier series.

Zach Osborne celebrates at RedBud (Pro Motocross).

“It’s a pretty special day for me at what is an iconic track,” said the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider, who won the opening two overalls this year. “This is one of the best tracks in the world and it’s cool to grab my first ever 1-1 here.

“You never know what’s going to happen and my goal is to go out and get maximum points every time I’m on the track. The weather was cooler today, which helped, but it’s going to be important to get recovered to line back up again on Monday.”

Osborne extended his championship lead to 26 points (172-146) over fourth-place finisher Marvin Musquin.

Martin didn’t lead into the first turn of either 250 moto but rode strong performances for his third consecutive overall victory. RJ Hampshire, who finished second in the first moto, and Shane McElrath, runner-up in the second moto, rounded out the overall podium.

Martin leads by 12 points over Dylan Ferrandis, who was fourth Friday.

“Today’s a great day going 1-1,” the Geico Honda rider said. “It feels really good to grab another win. We’ve got a little bit of work to do in order to get better, but the grind doesn’t stop and we will get there. The team had my bike working really well all day.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series will race again Monday at RedBud National. All four motos will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold. The opening motos will air live on MAVTV at 1 p.m. ET and the second moto will be live on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET.


RESULTS

Circle K RedBud 1 National (Red Bud MX, Buchanan, Michigan)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (1-1)
  2. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (3-4)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (6-2)
  4. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-6)
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (5-3)
  6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (4-5)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-8)
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (10-7)
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (8-9)
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (12-11)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 172
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 146
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 133
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 129
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 125
  6. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 116
  7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 106
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 96
  9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 86
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna – 77

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (1-1)
  2. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-5)
  3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha (8-2)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (7-3)
  5. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (6-4)
  6. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (4-8)
  7. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (5-7)
  8. Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Yamaha (3-13)
  9. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-6)
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM (11-9

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 181
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 169
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 133
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 130
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 128
  6. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 109
  7. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 102
  8. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 94
  9. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 83
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., – 69

Results (Moto Finish)

New Chip Ganassi driver Marcus Armstrong will team with boyhood idol Scott Dixon

Marcus Armstrong Scott Dixon
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Marcus Armstrong was a Scott Dixon fan his entire life, and when he was 8, the aspiring young racer asked his fellow New Zealander to autograph a helmet visor that he hung on his bedroom wall.

Next year, Armstrong will be Dixon’s teammate.

Armstrong was named Friday as the fourth IndyCar driver in the Chip Ganassi Racing lineup and will pilot the No. 11 next season on road and street courses.

A driver for the five oval races on the 17-race schedule will be named later.

The No. 11 is essentially the No. 48 that seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson drove the last two seasons, with Chip Ganassi making the change to run four cars numbered in sequential order. Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson drives the No. 8, six-time champion Dixon drives the No. 9, and 2020 IndyCar champion Alex Palou drives the No. 10.

So just who is the second Kiwi in the Ganassi lineup?

A 22-year-old who spent the past three seasons in Formula One feeder series F2, a Ferrari development driver in 2021, and former roommate of Callum Illot and former teammate of Christian Lundgaard – both of whom just completed their rookie IndyCar seasons.

“I’ve always been attracted to the IndyCar championship because it’s one of those championships that’s been really well televised in New Zealand since I was young, mainly because of Scott and his success,” Armstrong told The Associated Press. “As time progressed, as I got closer to F1 and single-seaters, the attraction to IndyCar grew just because of how competitive the championship is – I like to challenge myself and the level of competition in IndyCar is remarkably high.”

Armstrong, from Christchurch, New Zealand, was set to travel from his current home in London to Indianapolis this weekend to meet his new team. He won’t need an introduction to Dixon, the 42-year-old considered the best IndyCar driver of his generation and Armstrong’s unequivocal childhood hero.

Last season, Dixon earned his 53rd career victory to pass Mario Andretti for second on the all-time list. Dixon has driven for Ganassi in all but 23 of his 345 career starts.

“For a long time I’ve been a Scott Dixon fan. I don’t want to make him cringe with our age difference,” Armstrong told the AP.

Despite the two-decade age difference, Armstrong never considered someday racing with Dixon a fantasy.

He convinced his father after winning five national karting championships to allow him to leave New Zealand for Italy at age 14, where he moved by himself to pursue a racing career. Armstrong said as soon as he’d received parental permission, he’d never look back.

Armstrong was in Formula 4 two years after his move to Italy and won that title in his first season. He won four races and four poles in F3 in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, then collected four wins and eight podiums in three seasons of F2.

“Maybe it’s a strength, or maybe it’s a weakness, but I always thought I was capable of doing great in the sport,” Armstrong told the AP. “I think you probably have to succeed in the sport, you need to believe in yourself. I always pictured myself being in IndyCar.

“As Scott’s teammate? I can’t specifically say I saw that. It’s an extraordinary chain of events.”

Armstrong becomes just the latest driver to leave Europe, where F1 is the pinnacle but has only 20 seats each year. Alexander Rossi began the trend in 2016 when the American left F1 and won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie. He’s been followed by Ericsson, last season’s Indy 500 winner, Romain Grosjean, Illot, Lundgaard, and on Thursday three-time W Series champion and Williams F1 reserve driver Jamie Chadwick was announced as driver for Andretti Autosport in IndyCar’s second-tier development series.

Armstrong said he could have remained in F2 for a fourth season, but he’d been watching IndyCar for so long, and after conversations with Illot and Lundgaard, he decided to make the move to what he believes is the most balanced racing series in the world. He tested for Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring in October.

He doesn’t know if European racing is done for good, just that he wants to be in IndyCar right now.

“I don’t want to think too far into the future, I’m just grateful for this opportunity that is standing right in front of me,” Armstrong said. “I want to perform as well as I can in the near future and just consolidate myself in the fantastic chance that is IndyCar and just do my best.

“I’m not looking at F1 as a landing spot – I am looking at IndyCar, and that’s exactly why I am here.”