Young Zach Osborne won the inaugural Marty Moates Cup last Memorial Day weekend and he comes into Glen Helen determined to retain his title... and keep the cup! A GP regular, Osborne just won the second round of the Maxxis British MX Championship as a tune-up for the USGP and the Bike It Cosworth Yamaha rider looks to be in a position to keep "his" trophy.
The Moates Cup trophy is historic in its own right: It was donated by Ricky Johnson, the last American to win the USGP at Carlsbad in 1986. "The big check was nice, but winning RJ's trophy on the anniversary of Marty Moates 1980 USGP win was really something that I'm proud of," says Zach. "I really want to win it again!"
"What started as a little tribute to our friend Marty became a happening unto itself," says Cup co-founder Scott Cox. "Everyone was on board with remembering Marty Moates' legacy. Special thanks to title sponsor Lucas Oil for sweetening the deal with $10,000 in two years."
"Lucas Oil is proud to have helped establish this prestigious award for American GP riders," commented Bob Patison, Executive Vice President of Lucas Oil Products. "We have a strong affinity for international racing and want the U.S. riders to know we are behind them back home."
"What better testament to Marty's win 30 years ago than presenting the Moates Cup to Zach," asks Cup co-founder Todd Huffman. In addition to helping come up with Cup concept, Huffman produced "The Carlsbad USGP: 1980" which chronicles that magical day for Moates at the USGP. "I think the Moates Cup is a fitting tribute to Marty as America's first Carlsbad 500cc USGP hero and I'm hoping that the award and the movie help to rekindle that same type of magic again this year." Click on to:www.carlsbadusgpmovie.com for more details on the One Day Of Magic Carlsbad DVDs.
Lucas has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels, including the AMA Motocross Nationals. The end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. In addition to our dealer network and distributors, Lucas Oil has created a special partnership with hand-chosen quality aftermarket and OEM motorcycle dealers referred to as "Lucas Oil Pit Stops". This concept has created great partnering with some of the best in the motorcycle industry. We are indeed most proud of the dedication Lucas Oil Pit Stops have shown to Lucas Oil Products.