Husqvarna Racer Contingency


May 5, 2015

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne and Zach Bell were pitted against both East and West 250SX riders on Saturday for the 250SX East-West Shootout held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, the final stop for the 2015 Supercross season.

Zach Osborne got a great start in the 250SX West heat aboard his Husqvarna FC 250 and quickly moved into the lead. He settled into the second-place position where he finished. After getting passed by teammate Zach Bell and moving into third in lap three, he fought back and finished second to transfer directly to the 250SX East-West Shootout. In the Shootout, Osborne got a sixth-place start and briefly moved to eighth before fighting back to sixth by the time the checkered flag came out. He finishes the 2015 season third overall in 250SX West rider point standings.

“Today was good,” said Osborne. “My heat race was positive. I felt really good. I just got my first bad start of the season in the main. I had to do a little battling. Honestly, with the way the season has gone, I’m just glad to get out of here healthy before outdoors. It’s a great feeling because it’s been a tough season for me. I’ve had a lot of weird mishaps and bad luck, so I’m glad to come out healthy and it gives me a little confidence to end with no crashes and have a decent day. I feel like I could have ended up on the podium but I don’t know what happened on the start. Going into outdoors, I feel positive with my bike and feel good with my training.”

Zach Bell returned to the scene after taking some time off to recover from a previous injury. The absence left him well-rested and ready to return to racing. His Husqvarna FC 250 pulled the holeshot in the 250SX West heat and battled with teammate Zach Osborne the remainder of the race before finishing third to transfer directly to the East-West Shootout. In the shootout, Bell got a fifth-place start and moved up to the fourth-place position before going down in the whoops in lap five. He remounted in 20th, and spent the remainder of the race fighting for positions. He put in a hard charge and finished the race twelfth.

“Today was a good day,” said Bell. “From what I had a couple weeks ago - 90% collapsed lung, dislocated elbow and torn ligaments in my elbow - this was an overall good day. I was third in the heat and fourth in the main before I went down in the whoops and was dead last. I fought back to twelfth so I’m happy with myself and I wish I could have stayed off the ground. I’m healthy, though, so that’s good. I’m excited for outdoors – that’s more my style. I’m a little guy and supercross is kind of hard for me so I’m definitely excited for outdoors to come.”

Teammate Jason Anderson was third fastest in 450SX practice, but decided to sit the night out after crashing hard during one of his practice sessions. He finishes his 450 rookie year seventh overall in 450SX rider point standings. He will spend the next two weeks testing and training with his focus on preparing for the upcoming outdoor motocross season.

“I was having a good practice,” said Anderson. “I felt really good on the track but came into a corner, slid out and hit the ground pretty hard and decided to call it a night. I’m focusing on outdoors, and have been riding that really well, so I didn’t want to take a risk tonight.”

Munn Racing’s Ben Lamay finished 13th in the 450SX class, and finishes the 2015 season 20th overall in 450SX rider point standings.

Photos: Simon Cudby

Las Vegas Supercross Results:

250SX East-West Shootout1. Marvin Musquin
2. Malcolm Stewart
3. Matthew Bisceglia

6. Zach Osborne - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

12. Zach Bell – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250SX East Rider Point Standings:1. Marvin Musquin - 194 points2. Justin Bogle - 171 points3. Jeremy Martin - 143 points4. Joey Savatgy - 133 points5. Rj Hampshire - 100 points6. Anthony Rodriguez - 98 points7. Kyle Peters - 91 points8. James Decotis - 87 points9. Kyle Cunningham - 72 points

10. Martin Davalos - 63 points

250SX West Rider Point Standings:1. Cooper Webb – 186 points2. Shane Mcelrath – 124 points3. Zach Osborne – 117 points4. Justin Hill – 116 points5. Aaron Plessinger – 113 points6. Alex Martin – 111 points7. Malcolm Stewart – 107 points8. Jessy Nelson – 106 points9. Tyler Bowers – 105 points10. Josh Hansen – 91 points

450 Main Event1. Ryan Dungey
2. Eli Tomac
3. Weston Peick

13. Ben Lamay – Munn Racing
DNS. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Rider Point Standings:1. Ryan Dungey – 390 points2. Eli Tomac – 305 points3. Cole Seely – 277 point

4. Chad Reed – 226 points

5. Blake Baggett – 223 points

6. Trey Canard – 204 points

7. Jason Anderson – 200 points

8. Broc Tickle – 194 points

9. Andrew Short – 180 points

10. Weston Peick – 160 points

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