Zach Osborne finished what he seemingly started 11 years ago wrapping up the 250 class title of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series on Saturday at Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, MD.
Osborne's pro debut was at Budds Creek in 2006 where he led and ran out of gas, physically, falling back to 18th place. His career fizzled in the United States so he went overseas to race before returning several years ago. Last year, he got his first win - at Budds Creek. Now he's got the #1 plate. He's also the reigning 2017 Supercross 250SX East Champion. All good things come to those who wait.
His Championship clinching round where he took second overall (8-1), taking the tiebreaker over Shane McElrath (4-3), overshadowed Adam Cianciarulo's (1-2) first career overall. Jeremy Martin, who was trying to push the Championship fight to next week took fourth overall on a (2-6) day.
In the 450 class, Eli Tomac did not clinch but took control of the series back and looks good for his first Outdoor title on Saturday at Ironman, the final round. Tomac finished third overall after finishing seventh in Moto 1 but regained the title of "Fastest Man on the Planet" in Moto 2.
He now leads Blake Baggett (5-2) by 28 points - adding one - and Marvin Musquin (2-4) by 30 - losing one. Musquin's six Moto win streak ended after a dominating performance by Justin "I Need a Ride" Bogle (1-3) who grabbed his first career overall showing any team suitors he's worth pursuing for the 2018 season since his current team is folding after season end.
The final round of the season is Saturday at the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, IN. Until then, check out all the action below at Budds Creek. All photos by Ryne Swanberg.