Osborne feels effects of Foxhill crash through punishing Lommel sand
Photo by Ray Archer
Bike it Cosworth Yamaha’s Zach Osborne could have done without the toughest Grand Prix of the year less than seven days after sustaining a concussion in a tumble at the fifth round of the British Championship. The talented American endured a frustrating day of racing at Lommel for the GP of Limburg, the eleventh stop of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship, last Sunday and left the large churns, ruts and bumps of the Belgian sand with 12th place overall.
A sore back and lack of riding during the week on a terrain that requires a different style and approach counted against Osborne and he never really found a rhythm through the demanding surface over the weekend. 17th place after a poor start in the second moto represented his lowest finish of a campaign in which he has scored three Grand Prix podiums. A more determined and attacking20 year old in the second 35 minute and 2 lap moto yielded a brighter 10th position.
“Coming from last week and a concussion but still winning a moto I think I deluded myself as to how much that crash in Britain had affected me, so I came here with big expectations and leave highly disappointed,” he admitted. “I struggled with the track all weekend. I rolled the dice and went for it in the last race; gambling like that is not a good thing but it worked out for me and I was pleased to get tenth. Damage limitation was pretty good.”
“To get tenth in the second race was an accomplishment; even if it doesn’t sound like much I got some decent points from it,” he added. “I am looking forward to getting on some hard stuff for a few races and I have some time to sort myself out before we go into the sand again.”
Osborne is 6th in the world, 8 points off the top five, and will have several days to prepare for the hard and fast hard-pack of the Loket circuit in the Czech Republic this coming weekend.
Photo by Ray Archer