Zach Osborne Penalized by AMA

Steve Cox | May 10, 2017

Zach Osborne Penalized by AMA: Following the absolutely epic 250cc main event – touted by many as one of the greatest races in the history of the sport – a team (one would assume it’s the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team) filed a protest against Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne for his aggressive riding.

The AMA has ruled that they will fine Osborne $7500 for his aggressive pass on Joey Savatgy for the championship, thus inexplicably tainting what is widely viewed as one of the greatest moments in the history of the sport.

Zach Osborne Penalized by AMA

Zach Osborne Penalized by AMA
Zach Osborne has been fined by the AMA for doing what literally any former champion would’ve done to win a championship with two turns left in the entire season. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

From the AMA:


On May 6, 2017, after the 250SX main event, a protest was filed in regards to an on track incident involving rider #17 Joey Savatgy and rider #16 Zach Osborne. After a complete review of the incident, including video and eyewitness accounts, it was determined by the Race Director that rider #16 Zach Osborne was in violation of the rule Appendix A.2.c.17.

A2 General Offenses and Penalties

i. The following offenses will be subject to disciplinary action by the Race Director and/or the competent bodies. This list is provided as guidance to licensed competitors and event credential holders but does not restrict AMA from invoking penalties for other actions detrimental to the sport that are not specifically contemplated herein.

17. Riding on or off the track at any time in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of other riders, officials or the public.

It was determined that the pass was aggressive in nature and per the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship rulebook, the current action in Las Vegas caused a fine of $7,500.00 to be issued.

The protesting party did not agree with the severity of the penalty and chose to appeal the Race Director’s decision. An appeal hearing was then convened and all evidence presented by both parties were reviewed. It was determined by the appeals panel that the penalty was justified. The decision of the Race Director was confirmed and the decision of the appeals panel is final. No further appeal is possible.


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Steve Cox