Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna has announced a contract extension with Zach Osborne that will keep him aboard factory equipment through 2020. The news comes as Osborne is in his quest for a second consecutive 250 East Coast region championship in the Monster Energy Supercross Series, which Osborne currently leads with two rounds remaining. Osborne has been a part of Husqvarna’s roster since the brand’s return to American motocross in 2015 and this contract extension will include a move to the 450 class full-time in “the near future.” We’re not exactly sure what that timeframe means, but have been told by Osborne that he’ll stay aboard the 250 this summer in an attempt to defend his 250 title in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, a move that contradicts the team’s original plans to move him up to the 450 class for the summer of 2018.
The press release is posted in full below…
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is pleased to announce the extension of Zach Osborne's contract
through 2020. He has been successful and a true brand pioneer with his first, as well as Husqvarna Motorcycles' first, 250SX East championship in the 2017 AMA Supercross season and again with the 250 class overall in the 2017 AMA Pro Motocross season. He will be contending both series through 2020 and be aboard the FC 450 in the near future.
Zach Osborne: "I'm very excited for the opportunity to continue this relationship with the Rockstar Energy
Husqvarna Factory Racing team. We've had good successes so far and I hope to continue that through 2020,
in the 450 class, and beyond. It's a great feeling to have the best equipment and team around you in a long-term commitment, and I am lucky to have that!"
Bobby Hewitt (Team Manager): "Zach is a core team member and amazing rider to work with. We believe that Zach has what it takes to keep the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team on top and we couldn't be happier to have him with us even longer."
Diego Clement (Head of Motorsport, Husqvarna Motorcycles): " We are very excited to continue working with Zach in the upcoming years! The past season was very successful and now we are working even harder at more championships. The work ethic of Zach is very impressive and the "never give up" attitude is appreciated by all team members and fans."