The boy from Richlands, Va., had waited 13 years for this, sacrificing a shoulder blade and a wrist in the process. He’d battled bronchitis, and lost. He’d been among the best amateurs in the country, and couldn’t get a ride as a professional.
Finally, though, all the fractures and the coughing lungs and the relocations paid off in Istanbul, Turkey, more than 5,500 miles from his hometown.
In April, Southwest Virginia’s Zach Osborne won his first professional motocross championship at the Grand Prix of Turkey, becoming the first American to win an International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) championship in 10 years and the first U.S. national to triumph in the MX2-GP World Championship division.