After nine seasons in Supercross and Motocross in the 250 and 450 classes, Zach Osborne has announced his retirement from motorcycle racing. After a career marked by a 450 and 250 championship in motocross and two 250 titles in Supercross East, Osborne, 32, retires after suffering multiple back injuries.
“I am officially retiring from professional Supercross and Motocross races” Osborne announced on Instagram. “It was an amazing race and one that I wouldn’t change for the world because it got me here where I am sitting today!
“I am eternally grateful for the opportunities offered by great individuals, companies and teams to have the best equipment and the best connections to perform at the highest level and become a champion of the sport.
“I accomplished more than I ever imagined or even dreamed of as a child. There were a lot of dips in my day when I thought even a factory release of some sort was out of the question let alone winning championships not only in the 250 class but also in the 450 class. I had an amazing race and although it didn’t end exactly the way I would have liked, I can say I’m happy. I have invested my heart and soul in the past 16 years of pro racing, as have my wife, Brittney Osborne, and even my children.
Even though it ended sooner than he wanted. Osborne was able to come out after recently reaching the peak of his career.
Osborne was rising high in 2020 with his most recent championship.
This season will be remembered as a season marked by the restructuring of the calendar by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Osborne will also be remembered for the season when Osborne went from winning his first motocross race to the championship in no time.
Osborne’s first pair of wins came during a doubles program at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, which was fielded for the first time in its history as host of a National due to the pandemic.
Osborne has won two more times this season, at Red Bud in Buchanan, Michigan and WW Motocross Ranch in Jacksonville, Florida. In the nine-round season, Osborne has finished in the top five seven times.
The 2021 season has been marred by injuries. After stepping onto the podium in Orlando in his seventh Hand of the season, he was slowed down and finally forced off the track after six rounds. He tried to come back for the motocross season, but only made two hands with a 10th at Fox Raceway in May and a 16th at Thunder Valley in June.