“This was the perfect day to start the season,” said Osborne. “It feels really good to carry my momentum from Supercross and get the outdoors started on the right foot. It feels awesome to be fastest in both practice sessions then go out and win both motos. It’s a huge way to start the season – so I’m happy.”
Jason Anderson started mid-pack in the first 450 moto, but an early-race crash left him unable to finish the race due to an eye injury. After seeking medical treatment, he lined up for the second moto ready to race. He got a decent start and started charging ahead, finding his way to 12th by the end of the first lap. Nursing a stitched up eye, he fell back to 14th after crashing but pushed through the pain to put on an amazing ride and charge up to sixth where he finished. After his DNF in the first moto and a sixth in the second moto, he ended the day 13th overall.
“My day started out great in practice and I was looking forward to a great race,” said Anderson. “I was off to a good start in the first moto but unfortunately went down and got hit with a rock, which forced me out of the race and then I had to get stitches. I rode awesome in the second moto, though. I crashed in the beginning but then came all the way back to sixth so I’m happy.”
Team newcomer, Michael Mosiman got a mid-pack start in the first 250 moto. He went down early in the race and remounted farther back in the pack. He was 22nd around the halfway mark and continued to push. He put on a great ride and charged through the pack to finish 12th. He started in the top-15 in the second moto and moved to 14th by the second lap. He stayed consistent to finish 14th. The 12-14 finish gave him 14th overall on the day.
“My pro debut is in the books,” said Mosiman. “I think I had a pretty good performance and I’m happy with it. I just have to limit my mistakes for next weekend. I had two crashes in each moto, but I’m happy with my speed and where I fit in. I think I can be a top-10 guy. It was good to get it out of the way and start the season at my hometown track. I’m really pleased for this being my first national.”
Martin Davalos, who recently moved up to the 450 class, pulled a decent start in the first 450 moto. He was ninth by the third lap and continued to move before tucking his front end in and going down with four minutes to go. He remounted in 15th and would eventually finish 15th. He got a mid-pack start in the second moto and came out of the first lap in ninth before falling behind to 13th. He stayed steady and finished 13th. The 15-13 finish gave him 14th overall.
“Today went really well,” said Davalos. “I only found out about moving up to the 450 about a week and a half ago, so I think my debut went pretty well considering I haven’t really been riding a 450 at all. I didn’t know what to expect, and didn’t know the pace, but I’m pretty happy and look forward to next week at Glen Helen.”