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With the 2019 race season quickly approaching, it’s time to bring you up to speed on how the paddock will look come Anaheim One. Over the next few weeks, we will share updates and background on the top racers and teams, including the staff members, gear deals, equipment, and other important information. 

For 2019 the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna team will field five total riders between the 450 and 250 classes. Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne will make up the team’s 450 program while Michael Mosiman, Jordan Bailey, and Thomas Covington be under the 250 portion. The FC 250 and FC 450 motorcycles with have support from WP, FMF Racing, ProTaper, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Excel, Talon, RK, Scosche, Mechanix Wear, GUTS, Motorex, Neken, Rekluse, Brembo, Dubya, Galfer, and Pankl. Bobby Hewitt retains his post as Team Manager.

16. Zach Osborne
Mechanic | Dave Feeney 

After years in the 250 class, which included a run in the FIM Motocross World Championship before returning to the United States, Zach Osborne moves up to the 450 class full-time in 2019. Osborne inked a contract extension in 2018 that will keep him with the team through 2020.

Osborne came into the 2018 season as the defending champ in both the 250 Monster Energy Supercross Series East Coast region and 250 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National Championship. His 250 SX title defense started off with the Main Event win at the Arlington round but back-to-back wins by Austin Forkner and one by Jordon Smith tightened the point standings up in the middle of the season. Run-ins with Forkner at Atlanta and Daytona developed a tense rivalry, but after Forkner suffered a collarbone injury at Minneapolis, Osborne claimed another Main Event win at Foxborough and clinched a second consecutive title in Las Vegas. Altogether Osborne never finished outside of the top-ten and his results included three wins and five podiums.

The outdoor season started with both moto wins at the Hangtown opener, but a thumb injury between round one and round two at Glen Helen posed concerns, and a crash in the second moto resulted in a fifth-place moto finish and fourth place overall. Things turned much worse at Thunder Valley when a first-turn pile-up pulled Osborne’s shoulder out of place, but he managed to make it to the checkered flag in twentieth place. In the week following Thunder Valley, it was determined that surgery was necessary to repair the damage and Osborne’s season was brought to an end.

Osborne’s first races on the 450 were the offseason Supercross events in Paris and Geneva, where Osborne battled for podium finishes but experienced issues like flat tires, crashes, and other mechanical setbacks.

Thanks to the move to the 450 class, Osborne was able to put together his own gear deals for 2019. He has strengthened his relationship with FLY Racing and will wear their gear and yet to be released helmet, and will continue with Oakley goggles and Gaerne boots.

1/21. Jason Anderson
Mechanic | Chris Loredo

One week into the 2018 season, Husqvarna announced a four-year contract extension with Jason Anderson that will keep him with the only team he has ever worked with as a professional racer.

Anderson’s speed and consistency through the opening rounds of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series was ultimately the key to his success. A second-place finish at Anaheim One put him near the top of the standings early and he was able to capitalize on the absences of Musquin and Tomac at round two in Houston, where he took both the Main Event win and control of the championship. His night at Oakland is best remembered for his contact pass with Musquin, a confirmation of the tension in their relationship, and the late pass on Roczen that gave Anderson his second win of the season. Two more Main Event wins at San Diego and Atlanta (a Triple Crown overall technically) were the last of Anderson’s season, but he strung together top-ten finishes to maintain the championship lead despite Musquin’s late surge. Salt Lake City was Anderson’s chance to wrap up the title one round early, but an opening lap collision tore spokes out of his front wheel and forced a lengthy pit stop that resulted in a seventeenth place finish. Anderson got through the final round at Las Vegas without much issue and his fifth-place finish was more than enough to claim his first career 450 title.

Anderson’s summer started off well with four top-five finishes at Hangtown and Glen Helen (4-6-4-2), even though his rides at Hangtown were criticized and led all but the final two laps in Moto Two at Glen Helen. Just days after his podium finish at Glen Helen, he was involved in an incident during a public practice day at the track and suffered a badly broken foot, an injury which required surgery and sidelined him for much of the summer. Although Anderson returned for the final two races at Budds Creek and Ironman, he only rode the first motos at both events.

By most standards, Anderson’s offseason was busy as he raced to a second place overall finish at the Monster Energy Cup, took the overall victory over two nights at the AUS-X Open in Australia, and won the King of Paris overall at the Paris Supercross.

Anderson’s look slightly changes for 2019, as his Alpinestars deal now includes neck braces in addition to gear and boots while Oakley is now his goggle sponsor, due to Dragon’s departure from the sport.

36. Michael Mosiman
Mechanic | Scott Lillis

Michael Mosiman returns to the team for his second full season of Supercross and motocross competition in the 250 class. Although it has not yet officially been announced by the team, we’ve been told Mosiman is slated to race the West Coast region.

2018 was Mosiman’s rookie season in Supercross and as one would expect, there were crashes and positive moments. A preseason crash and concussion forced him to miss Arlington and Tampa, but he came back to post 13-22-8 Main Event finishes at the Atlanta, Daytona, and Saint Louis stops. Mosiman did not qualify for the East-West Showdown at Indianapolis, then closed out the SX season with 11-21-12 results at the Minneapolis, Foxborough, and Las Vegas rounds. He ended the series fifteenth in the point standings.

Mosiman’s summer was considerably better, evident in his points-scoring finishes in all twenty-four motos run and eleven top-ten finishes. With this, Mosiman was ranked eleventh in the final championship.

As is common for a 250 class team, all three riders aboard small-bore bikes will be clad in matching gearsets from Airoh helmet, SCOTT goggles, FLY Racing gear, and TCX boots.

52. Jordan Bailey
Mechanic | Jedidiah Rodriguez

2019 will be Jordan Bailey’s first full season of Supercross and motocross competition, as he raced only the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 2018. Although it has not yet officially been announced by the team, we’ve been told Bailey is slated to race the East Coast region.

Bailey’s rookie summer in the pro ranks was all around solid, with points scored in twenty-one of the twenty-four motos, which included two top-ten finishes. Bailey finished sixteenth in the championship standings.

As is common for a 250 class team, all three riders aboard small-bore bikes will be clad in matching gearsets from Airoh helmet, SCOTT goggles, FLY Racing gear, and TCX boots.

112. Thomas Covington
Mechanic | Patrick Thrall

Following a five-year stint in the FIM Motocross World Championship as a MX2 rider, Thomas Covington returns to the United States with a multi-year deal at Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna. Despite being an American racer, Covington has never lined up for a professional AMA MX or SX event.

Although it has not yet officially been announced by the team, we’ve been told Covington is slated to race the East Coast region.

Covington spent the 2018 season with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team, the Europe equivalent of his American crew. He won the Moto Two at the MXGP of Trentino in Italy and one week later partially tore his ACL and completely tore his meniscus at the MXGP of Portugal. Issues in the middle of the season seemed to come as a result of the injury, but Covington bounced back with four moto wins and sixteen top-three moto finishes through the rest of the year. He finished the year fifth in the MX2 championship standings.

As is common for a 250 class team, all three riders aboard small-bore bikes will be clad in matching gearsets from Airoh helmet, SCOTT goggles, FLY Racing gear, and TCX boots.