Fourth consecutive 450 Supercross World Championship title for MOTOREX
MOTOREX have claimed two AMA SX titles with Husqvarna Motorcycles – their fourth consecutive AMA Supercross Championship – following title wins from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne. Both titles come just months after MOTOREX started a new cooperation with Husqvarna Motorcycles.
The battle to be crowned 2018 AMA Supercross Champion went right down to the wire with two MOTOREX supported riders separated by only 14 points coming into the finale held in Last Vegas on Saturday, May 5.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin was back on form and winning races following his shoulder injury earlier in the series. Despite some excellent results late in the season for Musquin, it was Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson who went into the final round ahead on points.
Following an excellent qualifier where he placed as fastest 450, Musquin won his heat race with a flag-to-flag victory. The MOTOREX supported rider fought hard on the loose Las Vegas dirt and eventually placed second in the main, adding valuable points to his overall championship tally.
It wasn’t quite enough however. After an incredibly strong season of consistent, top results, Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson placed fifth on the night – enough to take the title from Musquin by just nine points. The championship victory marks not only the first AMA Supercross title for Husqvarna since the inception of the brand 115 years ago, but the first world title in any discipline for MOTOREX in conjunction with the Swedish manufacturer.
Adding to the three previous AMA Supercross Championship wins by KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey, the 2018 championship is the fourth in-a-row for MOTOREX. Completing the dominant performance of MOTOREX supported riders in the 2018 championship Blake Baggett of privateer Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM Team finished in 4th position making it 3 MOTOREX supported riders in the top 4.
To add to the celebrations, Anderson’s Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing’s team-mate Zach Osborne took the 250SX East Championship aboard his MOTOREX supported Husqvarna FC 250 – the second consecutive title for the American. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s, and MOTOREX supported, Jordon Smith placed as championship runner-up just eight points down on Osborne while teammate Shane McElrath concluded the 250SX West Championship in 3rd position.