Hard as nails Osborne has lucky escape

Bike it Cosworth Yamaha saw Zach Osborne finish third overall at a warm Foxhill near Swindon for round five of eight in the Maxxis British Championship. That the American could scale the box for his third consecutive trophy, win one of the three motos and still be leading the MX2 contest by 7 points is full testament to his courage and will after a heavy crash in morning practice saw the 20 year old briefly lose consciousness and deal with the effects of a concussion for most of the day.

The accident almost put the championship leader’s participation in doubt but defying a headache, a sore neck and a painful thumb Osborne was a protagonist against the odds. Witnessed by a busy crowd and a packed team awning with guests and dignitaries, the winner of three of the previous four rounds started with the handicap of the fortieth and last gate slot but still rode to 4th in the first moto. He rallied back to 10th in the second race after being crashed into by Martin Barr in the opening phases and incredibly won his eighth chequered flag from a possible fifteen in the last moto.

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Osborne still holds a 7 point lead over main title threat Jake Nicholls with the duel set to go down to the final round in October. Farleigh Castle, Silverstone and Hawkstone Park will host the last three meetings.

“I’m really not too sure what happened,” semi-recollected Osborne. “I think I might have hit a rock on the face of the jump because it pitched me too far. I must have been out for twenty seconds or so; I’m not sure really but I had a concussion, felt like throwing up and also yanked my thumb. So the day really was about damage limitation. I took a fourth and then the second moto went really well and to come back to tenth from dead-last was pretty good. I think it is pretty crazy that I actually managed to win a moto today but I started well and just settled into the race. It went by quite quickly. I’ll just take it easy now until Tuesday when we drive over to Lommel.”

Mel Pocock was 7th overall in MX2 and posted results of 9th, 5th and 7th on the day. The teenager was quick across the Wiltshire dirt but small mistakes keep him away from the leading troupe. Pocock is only 4 points from 4th spot in the championship standings.

Jason Dougan haunted the fringes of the top five in the MX1 category and finished 6th overall in what was a consistent day for the young Brit. His results of 5th, 6th and 6th from the three 20 minutes sprints delivered a points tally of 46 and means that he stands just one point away from fourth spot in the MX1 table.

“To come away with a win and an overall podium after the crash this morning and thinking that Zach was not even going to ride is quite amazing really,” said Team Manager Steve Dixon. “It was a bit wet and greasy in the first morning practice and he didn’t get the bike back around in time and had a heavy landing. Full credit to Zach for doing what he did today it was a fantastic turnaround; it was also impressive to watch him get the holeshot from the 40th gate! Mel was fast but a bit too anxious to pass people and paid for a few mistakes and Jason rode well and is now very close to the top four in the championship.”

Bike it Cosworth Yamaha will next be in action with two consecutive weeks of world championship commitments. The GP Limburg at Lommel in Belgium will occur next weekend and be followed by the Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket seven days later. The two events will draw the FIM series up to round thirteen of fifteen.

MX2 Race 1
1. Jake Nicolls; 2. Scott Elderfield; 3. Neville Bradshaw; 4. Zach Osborne; 5. Shane Carless; 6. Martin Barr; 7. Matiss Karro; 8. Elliot Banks-Browne; 9. Mel Pocock; 10. Luke Hawkins

MX2 Race 2
1. Jake Nicolls; 2. Martin Barr; 3. Neville Bradshaw; 4. Scott Elderfield; 5. Mel Pocock; 6. Bryan Mackenzie; 7. Elliot Banks-Browne; 8. Luke Hawkins; 9. Kristian Whatley; 10. Zach Osborne

MX2 Race 3
1. Zach Osborne; 2. Jake Nicolls; 3. Bryan Mackenzie; 4. Matiss Karro; 5. Scott Elderfield; 6. Elliot Banks-Browne; 7. Mel Pocock; 8. Shane Carless; 9. Alan Keet; 10. Neville Bradshaw

MX2 Overall
1. Jake Nicolls; 2. Scott Elderfield; 3. Zach Osborne; 4. Neville Bradshaw; 5. Bryan Mackenzie; 6. Elliot Banks-Browne; 7. Mel Pocock; 8. Matiss Karro; 9. Shane Carless; 10. Martin Barr

MX2 Standings
1. Zach Osborne (305); 2. Jake Nicolls (298); 3. Martin Barr (250); 4. Elliot Banks-Browne (219); 5. Mel Pocock (215); 6. Kristian Whatley (184); 7. Matiss Karro (181); 8. Shane Carless (176); 9. Neville Bradshaw (154); 10. Bryan Mackenzie (144)

MX1 Race 1
1. Stephen Sword; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev; 3. Brad Anderson; 4. Josh Coppins; 5. Jason Dougan; 6. Ben Lamay; 7. Tom Church; 8. Gordon Crockard; 9. Dorren Coutts; 10. Gert Krestinov

MX1 Race 2
1. Evgeny Bobryshev; 2. Brad Anderson; 3. Josh Coppins; 4. James Noble; 5. Tom Church; 6. Jason Dougan; 7. Alex Snow; 8. Carl Nunn; 9. Stephen Sword; 10. Nathan Parker

MX1 Race 3
1. Evgeny Bobryshev; 2. Stephen Sword; 3. Josh Coppins; 4. Tom Church; 5. Brad Anderson; 6. Jason Dougan; 7. James Noble; 8. Ryan Blizzard; 9. Alex Snow; 10. Gert Krestinov

MX1 Overall
1. Evgeny Bobryshev; 2. Stephen Sword; 3. Josh Coppins; 4. Brad Anderson; 5. Tom Church; 6. Jason Dougan; 7. James Noble; 8. Alex Snow; 9. Ryan Blizzard; 10. Gordon Crockard

MX1 Standings
1. Evgeny Bobryshev (335); 2. Stephen Sword (289); 3. Brad Anderson (275); 4. Gareth Swanepoel (223); 5. Jason Dougan (222); 6. Gordon Crockard (175); 7. Tom Church (167); 8. James Noble (164); 9. Carl Nunn (142); 10. Ben Lamay (142)

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