Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rode strong and earned his second 450MX podium on Saturday at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn., the fourth stop of the 2015 motocross series. Teammate Christophe Pourcel had a tough day and finished 16th. Ryan Sipes from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-Road Team made an appearance aboard his Husqvarna FC 450 and finished 11th. Zach Osborne suffered from two first lap crashes, but fought back to finish ninth overall.
Jason Anderson put in an impressive ride in Tennessee. After a second-place start in the first moto, and a brief third-place appearance in lap two, he fought back to second and held strong to the finish. He started in the back in the second moto, but put on an amazing charge and zoomed his Husqvarna FC 450 through the pack to finish in fourth. The 2-4 finish gave him third overall on the day, his second career 450MX podium, and moved him up to sixth overall in rider point standings. Teammate Christophe Pourcel showed speed earlier in the day by posting the third fastest time in practice. His motos weren’t as fortunate, however. After a crash and a 22nd place finish in moto one, and a 14th in moto two gave him 16th overall on the day, putting him at 11th overall in rider point standings.
“I had a really good weekend,” said Anderson. “I had a good start in the first moto and ended up finishing second. I had a terrible first lap in the second moto and was somewhere outside of 30th. I put on one of the best charges in my life and came back to fourth to get third overall. I’ve struggled with this track before so to come out of Muddy Creek with a podium is way better than I could have ever expected so I’m really happy and I’m looking forward to putting it on the box in the next few rounds.”
“I had a good practice and qualified third,” said Pourcel. “I crashed at the start in the first moto in the second corner. Someone else had crashed and I just ran into them. I was last and was riding tight but came back as much as I could. We made a couple changes in the second moto and I felt more comfortable. I’ll go back this week and will continue to work and will try to rebound next weekend.”
“Muddy Creek went pretty well for my first race of the year,” said Sipes. “Today was my fourth day on the bike. I felt stronger in the end of both motos, and felt stronger in the second moto than in the first. I can’t be mad at my results. I had a lot of fun.”
Zach Osborne started outside the top-10 in the first 250 moto and suffered from a crash. He stayed focused and steadily made his way through the pack. He was 17th in lap six, and navigated his Husqvarna FC 250 all the way to ninth. He earned the same finish in moto two after another crash. The 9-9 finish gave him 9th overall on the day. He is currently sixth overall in rider point standings.
“Today was pretty good,” said Osborne. “I had good speed and I felt good in practice. I felt like we were set up really good for the day, then in the first moto I got a mid-pack start and fell on the first lap. I put my head down and came back to ninth, which was a great ride for me but definitely not what I was looking for. I got off to a better start in the second moto but then fell in the first lap again. I came back to ninth again and ended up ninth overall. I have a good feeling going into next weekend. I like High Point, it’s a good track for me. I just have to get my starts figured out thenwe’ll see what will happen.”
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