Osby On Top in Auckland
Josh Osby continues to impress in 2019, looking comfortable early on in the technical, and at times slippery, Auckland track. In heat race two, Osby would climb through the field after the early race chaos to secure fifth position and guarantee a direct transfer to the main events. In the opening main event of the Triple Crown format, Osby played a role in the top riders switching positions in seemingly every turn. Progressing from third to leading the field in the early laps, Osby then weathered attacks from fellow countrymen, Mitchell Oldenberg, before pulling away to win the race.
In the second Main Event in SX2, Osby would again factor into the early race lead, but with many riders electing to take the “shortcut lane” in this race, the positions changed frequently at the front of the field. After a late-race fall, Osby would use the “shortcut lane” himself at the perfect time to clinch a crucial second position in the race at the chequered flag. In main event three, a third position was more than enough to give Osby the overall win at Round 4, maintaining the Championship Red Plate and extending his lead over second-place to four points heading into the final round.
Josh Osby: “Tonight was great! In previous rounds, I had been too cautious at times, but tonight I really went after it and found the right balance between consistency and intensity. It was crazy out there at times and the shortcut lane really factored into the second main event. But to leave here with the red plate and more points was our goal, I can’t wait for the final round in two weeks.”