Zach Osborne out for 2018 motocross season with shoulder injury

By Shawn Smith

June 6, 2018

Zach Osborne's bid for a second straight Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class title has come to an end. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider was diagnosed with a torn labrum this week and will miss the rest of the season.

Osborne was injured when he was involved in a first-turn pile-up Saturday at Thunder Valley. Video of the crash can be seen below. Although he remounted after the crash and continued racing, Osborne finished just 20th in the moto and lost control of the points lead.

"I am extremely bummed to say the least," Osborne said in a team statement. "This fourth consecutive championship aboard the FC 250 was one that I wanted bad. It’s almost surreal that it has come to an end, but I know everything happens for a reason. I’ll use this time to prepare mentally and physically for the challenge of my first year in the 450 Class. I am excited to get my recovery started and move onto the next step of my career!"

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing has been hit hard by injuries recently. With 450 Class riders Dean Wilson (out for season) and Jason Anderson (likely out until August) sidelined, the team also announced that they have signed Phil Nicoletti to a fill-in 450 deal for the remainder of the outdoor season.