Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne is out for the remainder of the 2018 Pro Motocross season.

The disappointing news comes after Osborne was involved in a first turn pile-up during the start of Moto Two at the Thunder Valley National  last weekend in Lakewood, Colorado.

During the pile-up, Osborne sustained a shoulder injury, a torn labrum, which will require surgery to get the Husqvarna rider back to riding fitness. His doctors expect the recovery time needed extends past the current 2018 motocross season, hence his withdrawal from racing.

“I am extremely bummed to say the least, Osborne said. This fourth consecutive championship aboard the FC 250 was one that I wanted bad. It’s almost surreal that it has come to an end, but I know everything happens for a reason. I’ll use this time to prepare mentally and physically for the challenge of my first year in the 450 class. I am excited to get my recovery started and move onto the next step of my career!”

Husqvarna Factory Racing expect Osborne to make a successful recovery, however in the midst of having two injured 450 riders, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory racing have announced that the one and only Phil Nicoletti will be filling in aboard the FC 450 Rockstar Edition, for the remainder of the Pro Motocross season. Nicoletti comes to the team with thirty top-ten finishes in his Pro Motocross racing career.

“I am happy to have the opportunity to finish out the Pro Motocross season with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team, he said. I look forward to getting on the bike and showing everyone what I have. Thank you to everyone backing me, see you at the High Point National!”

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ENDURO RIDERS NEED TO SURVIVE JUST TWO MORE DAYS

The 2018 New Zealand Enduro Championships season will wrap up this Sunday afternoon, but not before the competitors have first had to survive back-to-back days of brutal dirt bike racing.

This weekend will be another tough double-header, with rounds four and five set for Saturday and Sunday respectively, and nothing perhaps can be certain until the final hour.

After three of the five rounds it is Taupo’s Brad Groombridge and Thames rider Natasha Cairns respectively who hold the advantage in the two championship divisions, the premier AA Grade (formerly called expert grade) and A Grade (formerly intermediate) classifications.

But neither Groombridge nor Cairns can rest easy this weekend, with difficult terrain awaiting them in the Santoft Forest, near Bulls, on Saturday and at Martinborough on Sunday, not to mention an impressive line-up of equally-talented and fired-up challengers.

Chasing hard to catch Groombridge in the AA Grade will be Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, while Putaruru’s Phil Skinner will be trying to make life difficult for Cairns in the A Grade.

Riders such as Tokoroa’s Jake Wightman, Paeroa’s Chris Power, Taumarunui’s Cody Davey, Cambridge’s Beau Taylor and Stratford’s Josh Hunger may also fancy their chances of pinching overall victory in the AA Grade for the day on Saturday and/or Sunday, but, in reality, hopes of winning the title this year may be beyond their reach.

But there will still be plenty to fight for in the battle-within-the-battle for the various separate class honours, each one of them also on the line this weekend.

For example, Groombridge currently leads the combined under-200cc two-stroke class and under-300cc four-stroke class from Davey; Whitaker leads the over-200cc two-stroke class from Wightman; Power leads the over-300cc four-stroke class from Hunger and Rotorua’s Spence McClintock leads the veterans’ (over 40 years’) class from Hamilton’s Phil Singleton.

The same scenario applies in the A Grade, where Cairns leads the women’s class from Auckland’s Julia Williams and Taupo’s Deidre Kiernan; Masterton’s Sam Callaghan leads the under-300cc and under-200cc two-stroke class from Tokoroa’s Nick Wightman; Skinner leads the Veterans 2 (50-54 years’) class from Helensville’s John Buxton; Auckland’s Jeff Van Hout leads the Veterans 3 (over-55 years’) class and Masterton’s George Callaghan leads the Veterans 4 (40-49 years’) class.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan

HUSQVARNA FACTORY RIDER JASON ANDERSON OUT OF ACTION FOLLOWING CRASH WITH KIWI RIDER AT GLEN HELEN

Just weeks after he claimed the 450SX Championship, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson is out of action due to an injury he picked up last week.

On Thursday morning local time, while practising at Glen Helen Raceway, the Husqvarna rider collided with another rider – who sadly was a holidaying Kiwi.

While riding, Anderson collided with the Kiwi rider, resulting in a compound fracture to his right foot which required surgery.

The Kiwi rider, who we aren’t naming for privacy reasons, posted to Facebook their account of the incident:

“One of our guys that was with us went down hard and broke his femur and both ankles and we were being diverted around him off the track, I didn’t know Jason was behind me and I turned to go back onto the track (as you do) and Jason tried to pass me in between the down rider and me and clipped my bars and went down hard. I’ve talked with Jason and it was 100% an accident. It’s not a matter of “goons” and pros on the track it was a mistake made by both sides.”

Anderson’s doctors suggest the expected recovery time is four to six weeks, which means that all going well, Anderson will return to the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Unadilla National on August 11, 2018.

British rider triumphs in Austrian open-pit mine for round two of the WESS.

Riding a fast yet calculated race, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider won the 2018 Erzbergrodeo Hare Scramble, which doubles as round two of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series.

In an unpredictable race, Jarvis (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) put on a late race charge to take the win by just 41 seconds ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker with Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) finishing third.

Graham Jarvis, Jonny Walker and Manuel Lettenbichler seen at Red Bull Hare Scramble in Eisenerz, Austria on June 3, 2018. Photo by Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool

 

“It’s always special to win here, but to do it like I did, that ranks as one of my best victories, Jarvis said. I had a really bad start getting stuck on the very first climb out of the quarry and I lost so many places. Also, with the dust it was really difficult to overtake on the first couple of sections. It wasn’t until Checkpoint 15 that I got up to about sixth, but I knew Carl’s Dinner would be decisive. I made a lot of time up there. When I got to Green Hell I wasn’t quite sure what was happening but I saw Billy and Manni stuck. I got up so far and then was able to push the rest. That for me was where the race was won, but with Jonny chasing me home I couldn’t relax until the chequered flag.”

Early leader Billy Bolt placed a courageous fifth with team-mate Colton Haaker 12th despite some crashes during the race.

Jonny Walker performs druing Red Bull Hare Scramble in Eisenerz, Austria on June 3, 2018. Photo by Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool

 

Reinforcing his reputation as the best hard enduro rider of all time, Jarvis paced himself perfectly throughout the gruelling race to arrive at the finish 41 seconds ahead of eventual runner-up Jonny Walker. Starting off in his usual steady style, the 43-year-old soon began to pick off the competition, eventually taking the lead at around one-hour and 45-minute mark at the unbelievably challenging climb named Green Hell.

From there Jarvis never looked back, the subsequent obstacles offering no major challenges. Despite a late charge from eventual runner-up Walker, Jarvis crossed the line in front and secured his fourth victory at the event.

Results — Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, Top 10
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 2:05:59
2. Jonny Walker (KTM) +00:41
3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) +03:03
4. Wade Young (Sherco) +15:45
5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) +24:04
6. Travis Teasdale (Beta) +32:50
7. Paul Bolton (KTM) +33:41
8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) +35:52
9. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) +48:41
10. Mario Roman (Sherco) +52:58

Standings – World Enduro Super Series (After round 2 of 8)
1. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 1700 points
2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 1610pts
3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 1610pts
4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 1540pts
5. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 1220pts
6. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 1180pts
7. Travis Teasdale (Beta – RSA) 1030pts
8. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 1020pts
9. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna – ESP) 890pts
10. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 760pts