The Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha team made the long trip east and to the impressive
circuit of Sevlievo for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria to see both of their MX2 riders finish in the
top six of the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
British Champion Zach Osborne posted results of 7th and 4th to end a cold and windy day 4th
overall, the American notching his best finish at the hard-pack and fast course. Team-mate
Arnaud Tonus made his world championship bow for the British crew and rode to 4th and 8th
for his 6th position ranking in the final order.
Strong winds made aerial-work tricky for the two riders on their Cosworth-powered YZ250Fs
and the gusts dried the terrain significantly, creating a hard-soiled and dusty surface on
Saturday. Osborne came through the qualification heat in 4th, just in front of the Swiss.
21 year old Osborne made two decent breakaways from the gate on a watered and slippery
dirt on Sunday and held third place in the first moto until he started to lose a bit of rhythm,
eventually dropping to 7th. Tonus’ progress was a contrast. After a mediocre start he gained
positions with dogged diligence, climbing all the way to 4th on a track that was not easy for
Osborne mellowed his approach for the second race of 35 minutes and 2 laps and ran on the
fringes of the leaders. Tonus was feeling slightly burnt-out from his opening sprint exertions
and opted for a cautious end to the afternoon.
With 4th and 6th places Osborne and Tonus respectively hold the same slots in the formative
standings of the world championship.
Jason Dougan made his MX1 baptism for the team on the YZ450F and took time throughout
the weekend to find his speed again on the international stage. He grabbed seven points in
the first moto for a reasonable 14th position but retired after a fall in the second.
The team return to the UK immediately to prepare for the third round of the Maxxis British
Championship at Lyng in Norfolk before the second Grand Prix of the season on Easter
Monday at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands.
Zach Osborne, Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha:
“It was a pretty decent start to the season, a productive weekend and I am quite close to
where I need to be. I was a bit nervous and tightened up in the first race and had to ride
through it but in the second race I could show a bit more of my speed and got a fourth place.
I was a bit bummed out with the result because I felt like I should have been on the podium
today. This was the best finish I’ve had here in three years and I’ve made improvements. I
need to work on my first laps but I have something to build on from here.”
Arnaud Tonus, Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha:
“I had a great first moto. I had a bad start and pushed really hard to come back. I was
consistent with my lap-times and did a great race to fourth. I think I pushed too hard
physically because after fifteen minutes in the next one I had to slow down and ride a smart
moto; that moto was difficult. I need to improve my starts to be further higher up from the
beginning and find the rhythm I want. The bike and the team are really good, I couldn’t be
happier from that side.”
“I had a decent first race, but was a little disappointed about having to pull out of the second moto after some crashes. I was happy with my speed over the weekend and I think there is everything to play for in MX1.”
Steve Dixon, Team Owner and Manager:
“I was happy with everything, the weekend went smoothly. The bikes went well and on Saturday qualifying times were good with our guys. on Sunday i was happy with the guys but i think Zach’s first race was a little disappointing with his arm pump, i feel he should have podiumed. Arnaud had a fantastic first race and the second race was not quite what we were expecting but he did put a lot of effort into the first race from a bad start. I though Jason was outstanding although the results do not reflect this, and I look forwards to the rest of the season.”
1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 39:24.881; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:14.667; 3.
Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.972; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf
Yamaha), +0:21.255; 5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:25.587; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek
(BEL, KTM), +0:39.301; 7. Zachary Osborne (USA, Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha),
+1:01.188; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:07.192; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM),
+1:12.012; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:13.374;
1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 39:35.555; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:21.468; 3.
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:30.621; 4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf
Yamaha), +0:35.375; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:38.982; 6. Max Anstie (GBR,
Kawasaki), +0:43.344; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:55.018; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI,
Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha), +0:58.330; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), +0:59.768; 10.
Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:41.625;
MX2 Overall result and World Championship standings
1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 50 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 44 p.; 3. Jeffrey
Herlings (NED, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 34 p.; 5. Zachary Osborne
(USA, Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha), 32 p.; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 31
p.; 7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha), 31 p.; 8. Max Anstie (GBR,
Kawasaki), 28 p.; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 19 p.;
MX1 overall result and World Championship standings
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 47 points; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 47 p.; 3.
Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 35 p.; 5. Rui
Goncalves (POR, Honda), 29 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 27 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos
(BEL, Suzuki), 26 p.; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM),
25 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 25 p.; 17. Jason Dougan (GBR, Bike it Cosworth
Wild Wolf Yamaha), 7 p.;