Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
It’s not often an ISDE gold medalist becomes an AMA SuperCross champion, but on Saturday night that’s exactly what Zach Osborne did.
We got to know Osborne a little bit during his time racing for Team USA in the ISDE in 2013 and 2014, so we’re obviously pretty pumped to see him achieve that lifelong goal of becoming a supercross champ.
A die hard motorcycle enthusiast, Osborne loves bikes anytime anywhere, that’s about as simple and yet as complicated as it gets for him.
In 2013 when the opportunity to race the ISDE was on the cards, he grabbed it with both hands. And he pretty much hauled ass too for an eventual day six win and sixth overall in Enduro 1, then with Honda.
He returned again in 2014 but early on his Husqvarna became one of the many victims of the choking Argentinian dust. As a newly signed factory rider he juggled supercross commitments, and if we’re correct a pregnant wife, to make that trip and so could easily have jumped on the next flight home.
But we like to think the enduro bug had bit and instead he stuck around of the week. Mucking in with service checks, pointing lines on the tests and talking bikes for the week, he proved a proper team player in a role which ultimately helped Team USA finish second overall and claim their first podium result in about a zillion years.
Unfortunately Zach’s supercross and motocross commitments have since ruled him out of an ISDE return — more so now with the four-rider team rule — but we’re certain having a mainstream rider of his calibre turning his hand to enduro certainly re-ignited USA’s interest and importance of the ISDE that had previously been wandering.
So congrats Zach, we take our hat off to you this Monday morning and hope you save a little bit of mantlepiece space to sit that ISDE medal side-by-side with your newest trophy.
Photo Credit: Simon Cudy
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