Zach Osborne, Dylan Ferrandis sweep 7th round of Pro Motocross

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Points leaders Zach Osborne and Dylan Ferrandis scored clean sweeps Saturday in the GEICO Motorcycle WW Ranch National, the seventh round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Osborne finished first in both 450 motos at Jackonsville, Florida, building a 29-point lead with two races remaining in the season.

It was the fourth overall victory this season for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider.

“It’s an unreal feeling to get back on top,” said Osborne, who finished a season-worst 10th in the previous round. “A week ago we were faced with some adversity, but we responded with two moto wins today.

“This is what makes all of the hard work and tough times we face during the week worth it. I had to fight for that second moto win, Eli [Tomac] was on it, but we dug deep and managed to get the job done.”

Tomac, the three-time defending 450 motocross series champion, finished third overall after a runner-up in the second moto and sixth in the first. Marvin Musquin was second overall after two thirds.

After sweeping to a victory last week, Ferrandis made it four consecutive moto victories in the 250 class Saturday, beating Jett Lawrence and Justin Cooper.

Dylan Ferrandis won his fourth consecutive moto Saturday (Align Media).

“It’s a great feeling to get another win,” said Ferrandis, who extended his championship lead to 13 points over Jeremy Martin. “Every race and moto is really important. To go 1-1 today is huge and it’s great to show how strong I am when the conditions are tough. My starts were much better overall, so it’s quite a nice feeling to have it pay off with a good overall result.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its eighth round Oct. 3 with the WPS/Fly Racing Thunder Valley National at Lakewood, Colorado.


RESULTS

GEICO Motorcycle WW Ranch National (WW Ranch Motocross Park, Jacksonville, Florida)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (1-1)
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-3)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-2)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-7)
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (4-5)
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (7-6)
  7. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (13-4)
  8. Freddie Noren, Sweden, Suzuki (9-8)
  9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki (8-9)
  10. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-13)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 285
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 256
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 255
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 233
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 219
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 218
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 207
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 163
  9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 147
  10. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki – 139

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (4-2)
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (3-3)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (2-5)
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha (7-4)
  6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (7-5)
  7. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (9-8)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (8-10)
  9. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda (10-11)
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM (13-9)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 307
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 294
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 224
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 218
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 217
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 204
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 200
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 165
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 138
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 134
Supercross champion Eli Tomac finished third overall Saturday (Align Media).

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

Sergio Perez Singapore
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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.