2023 AMA Supercross Championship Round 11 – Lumen Field – Seattle, Washington State Results / Report Here Images by Jeff Kardas
Carson Mumford and Hunter Yoder went through turn one side by side but it was Yoder that emerged with the early lead as Kaeden Amerine and Joshua Varize chased the Kawasaki pair. RJ Hampshire was way down in 13th early on.
Pierce Brown worked his way up to second place before half distance, splitting Mumford and Yoder. Brown then took the lead on his way to victory. Mumford second. Hampshire made it all the way up to third by the chequered flag.
|1||Pierce Brown||GASGAS MC 250F||8 Laps|
|2||Carson Mumford||Kawasaki KX250||+04.724|
|3||Rj Hampshire||Husqvarna FC 250 RE||+13.200|
|4||Hunter Yoder||Kawasaki KX250||+15.612|
|5||Joshua Varize||KTM 250 SX-F||+16.214|
|6||Enzo Lopes||Yamaha YZ250F||+18.273|
|7||Kaeden Amerine||KTM 250 SX-F||+19.494|
|8||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||+22.094|
|9||Anthony Rodriguez||Honda CRF250R||+24.023|
|10||Jerry Robin||GASGAS MC 250F||+24.926|
|11||Derek Drake||Suzuki RM-Z250||+28.795|
|12||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||+29.569|
|13||Maxwell Sanford||Honda CRF250R||+34.808|
|14||Brandon Scharer||Suzuki RM-Z250||+45.341|
|15||Ty Freehill||Yamaha YZ250F||+54.612|
|16||Tre Fierro||Kawasaki KX250||+1m22.061|
|17||Nicholas Nisbet||Honda CRF250R||7 Laps|
|18||Geran Stapleton||GASGAS MC 250F||+28.886|
|19||Dylan Walsh||Kawasaki KX250||3 Laps|
|20||Chance Blackburn||Yamaha YZ250F||DNF|
Jett Lawrence had topped qualifying but he got sandwiched on the run to turn one which allowed Levi Kitchen to sprint away to an early lead. Cameron McAdoo second and Jett Lawrence quickly up to third.
Lawrence and McAdoo then commenced battle, dusting each other up and swapping positions. That allowed Kitchen clear air and he streaked away to an unassailable lead.
Jett was playing it safe and biding his time, then made a move at the start of a rhythm section but McAdoo then jumped on to the back of Jett’s rear quarter taking both of them down. They both lost over ten seconds while on the deck, Stilez Robertson sweeping past them into second place.
McAdoo was up first but Jett chased him down to take third, the Aussie youngster then reeled in Robertson to take second and held that position to the chequered flag. Levi Kitchen the clear victor.
|1||Levi Kitchen||Yamaha YZ250F||8 Laps|
|2||Jett Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||+13.004|
|3||Stilez Robertson||Yamaha YZ250F||+15.538|
|4||Cameron Mcadoo||Kawasaki KX250||+15.801|
|5||Max Vohland||KTM 250 SX-F FE||+17.199|
|6||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF250R||+17.661|
|7||Derek Kelley||KTM 250 SX-F||+24.656|
|8||Robbie Wageman||Suzuki RM-Z250||+29.714|
|9||Max Miller||KTM 250 SX-F||+36.923|
|10||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||+40.669|
|11||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||+42.626|
|12||Luke Kalaitzian||Honda CRF250R||+47.942|
|13||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||+52.209|
|14||RJ Wageman||Yamaha YZ250F||+56.567|
|15||Mcclellan Hile||Honda CRF250R||7 Laps|
|16||Blaine Silveira||Suzuki RM-Z250||+06.483|
|17||Chris Howell||Yamaha YZ250F||+08.354|
|18||Julien Benek||Kawasaki KX250||2 Laps|
|19||Austin Politelli||GASGAS MC 250F||+02.063|
|20||Colby Copp||GASGAS MC 250F||1 Laps|
|1||Derek Drake||Suzuki RM-Z250||6 Laps|
|2||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||+06.219|
|3||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||+07.192|
|4||Austin Politelli||GASGAS MC 250F||+08.227|
|5||Jerry Robin||GASGAS MC 250F||+11.215|
|6||Maxwell Sanford||Honda CRF250R||+14.923|
|7||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||+14.983|
|8||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||+17.997|
|9||Luke Kalaitzian||Honda CRF250R||+20.352|
|10||Blaine Silveira||Suzuki RM-Z250||+21.846|
|11||Brandon Scharer||Suzuki RM-Z250||+23.450|
|12||Mcclellan Hile||Honda CRF250R||+24.802|
|13||Geran Stapleton||GASGAS MC 250F||+27.156|
|14||Colby Copp||GASGAS MC 250F||+28.268|
|15||RJ Wageman||Yamaha YZ250F||+30.830|
|16||Chris Howell||Yamaha YZ250F||+32.313|
|17||Chance Blackburn||Yamaha YZ250F||+39.253|
|18||Nicholas Nisbet||Honda CRF250R||+53.113|
|19||Tre Fierro||Kawasaki KX250||3 Laps|
|20||Ty Freehill||Yamaha YZ250F||+00.249|
|21||Julien Benek||Kawasaki KX250||DNS|
Stilez Robertson ran a wide line into turn one and managed to emerge with the early race lead ahead of Yoder, Lawrence and McAdoo.
Robertson then clashed with McAdoo in the whoops and went down pretty hard, Robertson took no further part in the race due to what looked like an injured shoulder. Hampshire then took second place from McAdoo and set about trying to chase down Lawrence.
Hampshire second on the night. McAdoo third.
|1||Jett Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||18 Laps|
|2||Rj Hampshire||Husqvarna FC 250 RE||+02.712|
|3||Cameron Mcadoo||Kawasaki KX250||+03.215|
|4||Enzo Lopes||Yamaha YZ250F||+21.139|
|5||Max Vohland||KTM 250 SX-F FE||+25.330|
|6||Levi Kitchen||Yamaha YZ250F||+31.140|
|7||Pierce Brown||GASGAS MC 250F||+34.975|
|8||Carson Mumford||Kawasaki KX250||+48.682|
|9||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF250R||17 Laps|
|10||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||+01.021|
|11||Robbie Wageman||Suzuki RM-Z250||+02.928|
|12||Joshua Varize||KTM 250 SX-F||+06.214|
|13||Derek Drake||Suzuki RM-Z250||+08.609|
|14||Hunter Yoder||Kawasaki KX250||+13.312|
|15||Derek Kelley||KTM 250 SX-F||+16.665|
|16||Max Miller||KTM 250 SX-F||+31.896|
|17||Austin Politelli||GASGAS MC 250F||+40.148|
|18||Anthony Rodriguez||Honda CRF250R||+43.398|
|19||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||16 Laps|
|20||Kaeden Amerine||KTM 250 SX-F||+15.352|
|21||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||14 Laps|
|22||Stilez Robertson||Yamaha YZ250F||4 Laps|
Kevin Moranz got a great start but was quickly passed by Christian Craig with the Husky rider then breaking away. Aaron Plessinger third, Cole Seely fourth and Adam Cianciarulo fifth on lap one. Justin Barcia was down in tenth but wasted no time in working his way forward.
Barcia was up to fourth by lap three after passing Cole Seely and Dean Wilson but that was as far forward as he would get. Christian Craig managed to fend off a late challenge from Aaron Plessinger to take the victory. Adam Cianciarulo fourth.
|1||Christian Craig||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||8 Laps|
|2||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+01.423|
|3||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||+10.803|
|4||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||+11.359|
|5||Dean Wilson||Honda CRF450R||+24.194|
|6||Cole Seely||Honda CRF450R||+28.412|
|7||Justin Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||+30.250|
|8||Kevin Moranz||KTM 450 SX-F||+31.068|
|9||Kyle Chisholm||Suzuki RM-Z450||+32.804|
|10||Fredrik Noren||Kawasaki KX450SR||+35.791|
|11||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX450||+52.240|
|12||Joan Cros||Kawasaki KX450||+1m00.324|
|13||Joshua Cartwright||Kawasaki KX450||+1m12.385|
|14||Richard Taylor||Kawasaki KX450||7 Laps|
|15||Bryson Gardner||Honda CRF450R||+09.050|
|16||Johnnie Buller||Husqvarna FC 450||+11.559|
|17||Deven Raper||Kawasaki KX450||+13.683|
|18||Addison Emory||Yamaha YZ450F||+17.136|
|19||Logan Leitzel||Kawasaki KX450||+54.315|
|20||Ryan Carlson||Kawasaki KX250||+56.568|
Plenty of heavy hitters in the second heat. Cooper Webb the early leader from Jason Anderson, Chase Sexton, Grant Harlan, Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac in sixth.
Tomac eventually worked his way up to third place and put in the fastest lap of the race but he couldn’t get on terms with Webb and Sexton before the chequered flag. Webb the victor after managing to hold Sexton off over the final laps.
Anderson tangled with Sexton a couple of laps from the flag and went down, recovering to a fifth place finish behind Ken Roczen.
|1||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F FE||8 Laps|
|2||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R||+00.490|
|3||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||+02.648|
|4||Ken Roczen||Suzuki RM-Z450||+13.284|
|5||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||+19.948|
|6||Benny Bloss||Yamaha YZ450F||+32.567|
|7||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||+35.878|
|8||Grant Harlan||Yamaha YZ450F||+37.043|
|9||Shane McElrath||Suzuki RM-Z450||+37.589|
|10||Cade Clason||Kawasaki KX450||+38.146|
|11||Josh Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||+44.416|
|12||Chase Marquier||Kawasaki KX450||+59.942|
|13||Gared Steinke||Husqvarna TC 250||7 Laps|
|14||Mason Kerr||Honda CRF450R||+01.023|
|15||Austin Cozadd||Kawasaki KX450||+08.535|
|16||Scotty Wennerstrom||Kawasaki KX450||+15.412|
|17||Parker Eales||KTM 250 SX-F||+21.711|
|18||Chad Saultz||KTM 250 SX-F||+26.309|
|19||Joshua Greco||GASGAS MC 450F||+36.923|
|20||David Pulley Jr||Yamaha YZ250F||6 Laps|
|1||Joshua Cartwright||Kawasaki KX450||6 Laps|
|2||Josh Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||+00.617|
|3||Fredrik Noren||Kawasaki KX450SR||+06.783|
|4||Cade Clason||Kawasaki KX450||+08.858|
|5||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX450||+14.295|
|6||Joan Cros||Kawasaki KX450||+19.534|
|7||Chase Marquier||Kawasaki KX450||+21.927|
|8||Gared Steinke||Husqvarna TC 250||+23.028|
|9||Mason Kerr||Honda CRF450R||+23.938|
|10||Scotty Wennerstrom||Kawasaki KX450||+30.910|
|11||Richard Taylor||Kawasaki KX450||+32.892|
|12||Austin Cozadd||Kawasaki KX450||+34.138|
|13||Johnnie Buller||Husqvarna FC 450||+35.707|
|14||Deven Raper||Kawasaki KX450||+37.194|
|15||Chad Saultz||KTM 250 SX-F||+41.610|
|16||Parker Eales||KTM 250 SX-F||+42.349|
|17||Joshua Greco||GASGAS MC 450F||+48.900|
|18||Bryson Gardner||Honda CRF450R||+49.309|
|19||Logan Leitzel||Kawasaki KX450||+49.359|
|20||Addison Emory||Yamaha YZ450F||5 Laps|
|21||David Pulley Jr||Yamaha YZ250F||+08.385|
|22||Ryan Carlson||Kawasaki KX250||+10.186|
Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton were side by side out of turn one but the early leader was Kevin Moranz. Ken Roczen pushed Tomac back to fourth late on the opening lap. Moranz then ran off the circuit which promoted Sexton through to the lead, Roczen up to second, Tomac third, Cianciarulo fourth and Webb fifth.
As the race progressed Tomac got stronger and stronger. The defending champion picked off Webb, then Cianciarulo and then Roczen to move up to second place with 14-minutes left on the shot clock. At this juncture Sexton had a three-second lead but a few minutes later he made a mistake and went over the bars.
Tomac the victor ahead of Webb and the two are now tied on 248-points apiece with six battles remaining in this 17 battle war.
“I didn’t gel very well with the track in practice at all, struggled to find a flow, and knew that for the night show, it was time to step up. The Heat race gave me a bit of a spark to know that we were in it, which was good to win that, and I knew the track was going to break down – that’s something that I excel at. It was definitely good to bounce back. This morning, if you were to tell me I was going to be on the podium I would have been quite happy, so to be able to fight like that to P2 and stay within the battle was awesome.”
“I felt good and qualified fourth. In the heat race, I finished fourth. I didn’t get the greatest start but I rode really well. In the main event, it was the same. I didn’t get off to the best start, then had a lot of battles and charged all the way up to third. I closed in on second but didn’t have quite enough time. The bike was really good. I had a lot of fun and the team crushed it. We are on the gas and going forward, going for that win.”
|1||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||23 Laps|
|2||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+04.798|
|3||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||+05.466|
|4||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||+14.721|
|5||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R||+17.219|
|6||Ken Roczen||Suzuki RM-Z450||+21.673|
|7||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+35.852|
|8||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||+41.463|
|9||Christian Craig||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||+47.152|
|10||Justin Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||+52.984|
|11||Dean Wilson||Honda CRF450R||+53.307|
|12||Josh Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||22 Laps|
|13||Grant Harlan||Yamaha YZ450F||+03.947|
|14||Fredrik Noren||Kawasaki KX450SR||+06.291|
|15||Benny Bloss||Yamaha YZ450F||+12.305|
|16||Shane McElrath||Suzuki RM-Z450||+18.956|
|17||Joshua Cartwright||Kawasaki KX450||21 Laps|
|18||Kyle Chisholm||Suzuki RM-Z450||+01.598|
|19||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||+19.932|
|20||Kevin Moranz||KTM 450 SX-F||+30.138|
|21||Cole Seely||Honda CRF450R||+43.354|
|22||Cade Clason||Kawasaki KX450||+50.579|
Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas
Chase Sexton scored the holeshot ahead of Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac, Justin Brayton and Kyle Chisholm. Tomac squeezed past Roczen after the German made a small mistake.
Aaron Plessinger and Marvin Musquin worked their way past Justin Brayton to take fourth and fifth respectively.
|1||Chase Sexton||Honda||9 Laps|
|13||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
|18||Deven Raper||Kawasaki||6 Laps|
|20||Chad Saultz||KTM||2 Laps|
Vince Friese celebrated his first 450 race of the season by scoring the holeshot in his 450 Heat ahead of Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia and Malcolm Stewart.
Friese held on to that lead for the first two laps but eventually Malcom Stewart made a great move to take the lead. It took Cooper Webb a little longer to work his way past Friese but he made his way past to take second place.
Dylan Ferrandis and Jason Anderson then pushed Friese further back to fifth on the penultimate lap.
Barcia had been as high as third but a late fall cost the GASGAS man a number of positions, eventually finishing seventh.
Malcolm Stewart the victor for Husqvarna with a clear six-second buffer over Webb.
|1||Malcolm Stewart||Husqvarna||9 Laps|
|16||Theodore Pauli||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
|20||Jerry Robin||GASGAS||2 Laps|
Cooper Webb scored the holeshot ahead of Jason Anderson, Chase Sexton and Malcolm Stewart when the gates dropped for round seven of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.
Championship leader Eli Tomac went down on the face of a triple early on the second lap after having to evade his Monster Yamaha Team-mate Dylan Ferrandis. Tomac had been relegated all the way back to 20th place by the time he was back up and running.
Cooper Webb led Chase Sexton by just over a second over most of the opening laps. Sexton was chasing Webb hard and made a few small mistakes but eventually overhauled Webb with just over 14-minutes remaining on the shot clock.
Shortly after losing the lead Webb was then pushed further back to third by Jason Anderson. Malcolm Stewart and Marvin Musquin were not far behind that pair, running fourth and fifth ahead of sixth placed Roczen.
Sexton had steadily built a three-second lead over Anderson by half race distance.
Eli Tomac had worked his way up to tenth by that halfway point of the race. It took quite a few laps for Tomac to get the better of Plessinger but he then made short work of Roczen to move up to seventh.
Malcolm Stewart was looking to have a podium wrapped up but he went down with just under three-minutes left on the clock. That allowed Marvin Musquin to move up and take that third place.
22-year-old Sexton continued to pull away in the second half of the race, maintaining a gap of around three-seconds over Anderson only to falter just as the shot clock his zero!
Sexton went down hard after losing the front on the face of the jump situated just out of a left-hander after the finish line. His bike didn’t make the jump but his body did, slamming into the face of the next jump! Sexton struggled to get up for a long time and never managed to get back on his motorcycle, but was still credited with a 16th place finish and seven-points.
Sexton’s late mistake saw Jason Anderson the victor over Cooper Webb by three-seconds.
Marvin Musquin rounded out the podium ahead of Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia.
Eli Tomac came from the back of the field all the way through to sixth place for 17-points which saw him maintain his championship lead, but his buffer trimmed to only three-points over Anderson.
|1||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki||26 Laps|
|12||Vince Friese||Honda||25 Laps|
|16||Chase Sexton||Honda||24 Laps|
|20||Shane McElrath||KTM||23 Laps|
|22||Max Anstie||KTM||6 Laps|
Josh Osby scored the holeshot to kick off his 250 East campaign ahead of Pierce Brown and Kyle Peters and that trio remained up front over the course of the opening lap. Stilez Robertson also started well.
Pierce Brown moved through to the lead on lap two and from there was never headed, the GASGAS rider taking victory.
Jett Lawrence took a steady approach to the start of his season, running seventh in the early laps behind Jeremy Martin and Max Vohland. Jett then worked his way past Martin halfway through the race, then sneaked past Vohland on the following lap to move up to fourth.
With two-minutes remaining Jett Lawrence was 1.5-seconds behind Robertson, and three-seconds behind Peters, but the young Australian then put the hammer down to pass and pull clear both of them to take second place. Jett crossing the line four-seconds behind winner Brown, but setting the fastest lap of the race by more than half-a-second to underline his speed.
|1||Pierce Brown||GASGAS||9 Laps|
|19||Jack Rogers||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
Mitch Oldenburg didn’t even get out of the gates in the second 250 Heat, his Honda failing to fire and leaving him to watch on from the sidelines.
Rookie Levi Kitchen stole the holeshot from Jordon Smith with a great move in turn one. RJ Hampshire was quickly up to third ahead of Austin Forkner and Phillip Nicoletti.
Kitchen mate a mistake on the second lap which saw him lose the lead to Smith and RJ Hampshire then pushed him further back to third. Austin Forkner had a huge moment while running fourth but somehow managed to stay on the motorcycle and retain that position. Nicoletti then did squeeze past him but the two had a coming together from which Forkner came out on top.
With two-minutes to run on the shot clock Jordon Smith led Hampshire by just over a second while Kitchen was a further three-seconds back in third. Hampshire closed Smith down though to take the victory. Kitchen held on to third despite a late charge from Forkner.
|1||Rj Hampshire||Husqvarna||9 Laps|
Jett Lawrence kicked off his season in fine style with a good gate and the early running saw the 18-year-old Aussie chasing Austin Forkner around the opening lap before making his move early on lap two to take the lead.
From there Jett was never headed. A dominant victory over five-seconds ahead of Forkner and the only rider in the main to record a 48-second lap.
Likewise Cameron McAdoo was soon up to third and then held that position all the way to the flag despite advances from Jeremy Martin and RJ Hampshire.
A perfect start to Jett’s 2022 campaign saw the youngster throw his goggles into the crowd, followed by his gloves.
“The run up into this, since I got here, I have been freezing my butt off, I have to give it to the people that live here, I have mad respect for you guys, I am out there with about 15 layers of clothing on. So excited today, I was so excited, even at the gates I was smiling and so happy to be back, so awesome, you don’t get that adrenaline from anything else. The track is so technical, I cased a couple of times, might have some mud in the back of the pants from those sketchy moments. Can’t wait for next time out in Dallas.”
|1||Jett Lawrence||Honda||20 Laps|
|10||Phillip Nicoletti||Yamaha||19 Laps|
|17||Coty Schock||Honda||18 Laps|
|18||Marshal Weltin||Yamaha||17 Laps|
|19||Kyle Peters||Honda||13 Laps|
|20||Joshua Varize||Husqvarna||12 Laps|
|21||Jarrett Frye||Honda||8 Laps|
Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas
Dylan Ferrandis went down at turn one in the opening 450 Heat when Eli Tomac closed the door on him as they entered the turn. Ferrandis would have to contest the LCQ.
No such drama for Justin Barcia who dominated the Heat.
Justin Brayton was second for most of the contest before being chased down and passed by Marvin Musquin.
Eli Tomac had to work his way past Webb and then Brayton to take third place.
|1||Justin Barcia||GASGAS||8 Laps|
|14||Deven Raper||Kawasaki||7 Laps|
|18||Joan Cros||Kawasaki||2 Laps|
Jason Anderson topped qualifying despite having a crash in practice that saw the Kawasaki man go down towards the end of a series of whoops. Cooper Webb and Chase Sexton could not avoid him and all three clashed. All emerged okay and Webb displayed some great sportsmanship by leaving his own bike in the dirt so he could pull Sexton’s bike off the top of Anderson.
Jason Anderson bounced back from that qualifying mishap to score the holeshot in his 450 Heat ahead of Aaron Plessinger and Shane McElrath. Chase Sexton was fourth at the end of lap one while team-mate Ken Roczen was down in sixth just ahead of Malcolm Stewart.
Roczen and Stewart managed to pass Anstie in the second half of the race to move up to fifth and sixth respectively. Later in the race Stewart got the better of Roczen to take that fifth position and maintained that all the way to the flag.
Dean Wilson was in the final transfer spot in ninth but went down and lost a lot of time so would have to contest the LCQ in order for him to make it through to the Main.
Jason Anderson the clear victor over Aaron Plessinger while Chase Sexton pushed Shane McElrath off the podium.
|1||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
|14||Nick Schmidt||Husqvarna||7 Laps|
|20||Austin Politelli||Honda||2 Laps|
Both Dylan Ferrandis and Dean Wilson had to contest the LCQ to score their spot on the gate for the 450 Main.
Jason Anderson scored the holeshot with Eli Tomac right on his tail Ken Roczen’s run of bad luck continued with the German dead last at this early point of the race after getting squeezed out into the tough blocks between turns one and two.
Marvin Musquin pushed past Malcolm Stewart for third place on lap two. Justin Barcia was fifth, Shane McElrath sixth, Cooper Webb seventh, Chase Sexton eighth and Cooper Webb ninth while Aaron Plessinger rounded out the early top ten.
Jason Anderson kept Eli Tomac at bay until three-minutes into the Main when he made his move but Anderson didn’t relent and took the lead right back. Their tussle was allowing Musquin to keep the pair in sight.
Jason Anderson made a small stumble with 11-minutes to run but kept it together to only lose a few tenths to Tomac. The gap between the pair 2.7-seconds and they had now left Musquin in their wake. Moments later Musquin went down in the sand trying to avoid a crossed-up lapper and was way down in seventh by the time we was back up to speed. The mistake promoting Barcia into third, Malcolm Stewart fourth, Dylan Ferrandis fifth and Chase Sexton sixth with half of the race still to run.
Jason Anderson made a few little mistakes in the second half of the race but then put it all together in the final five minutes to stretch away again and took a clear 3.5-second victory over Tomac.
Justin Barcia rounded out the podium ahead of Malcolm Stewart and Marvin Musquin recovered from his mistake to take fifth ahead of Dylan Ferrandis and Chase Sexton.
Defending champion Cooper Webb again failed to really fire and finished eighth ahead of Aaron Plessinger and Justin Brayton. Ken Roczen salvaging 11th after his early mishap but never looked comfortable enough to have the sort of pace to threaten the front runners even if he had started well.
With that victory Anderson moved past Chase Sexon in the championship chase and moved a few points closer to championship leader Eli Tomac. The #3 Yamaha though still has a handy 12-point lead atop the points table.
Next week the 450 riders will head 1850 miles across the country north-east to Minneapolis.
|1||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki||22 Laps|
|12||Dean Wilson||Husqvarna||21 Laps|
|17||Justin Bogle||Suzuki||20 Laps|
Jo Shimoda had finished second in qualifying and chased down Garrett Marchbanks on the final lap of the opening 250 Heat but a mistake while trying to set-up for a move on Marchbanks saw the Japanese rider go over the bars and down quite hard.
Marchbanks went on to take a 20-second victory over Nate Thrasher.
|1||Garrett Marchbanks||Yamaha||8 Laps|
|13||Jo Shimoda||Kawasaki||7 Laps|
|18||Justin Rodbell||Kawasaki||4 Laps|
|19||Logan Leitzel||Kawasaki||3 Laps|
Christian Craig topped qualifying by more than a second and who was alongside him on the gate, Vince Friese…
Christian Craig took the right line into turn one to hold Michael Mosiman at bay and emerge out the other wise the early leader. Hunter Lawrence had some traffic to deal with but was quickly up to third and broke away from the pack while starting to reel in Mosiman.
Hunter Lawrence eventually got the better of Mosiman after the GASGAS rider made a small mistake but by that time Craig enjoyed a three-second lead.
Craig went on to win the Heat from Lawrence and Mosiman, that trio also the top three, in that order, in the championship heading into the Main in this sixth round of the series.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha||8 Laps|
|11||Geran Stapleton||GASGAS||7 Laps|
|17||Christopher Prebula||KTM||6 Laps|
|18||Cheyenne Harmon||Honda||4 Laps|
|20||Colby Copp||GASGAS||3 Laps|
Unfortunately Jo Shimoda was ruled unfit after his Heat race crash. A hefty blow for the 19-year-old who was running fourth in the championship before this event.
Hunter Lawrence scored the holeshot ahead of Christian Craig but Vince Friese then split the two of them to move through to the race lead! Michael Mosiman went down on lap one which saw his podium chances disappear.
Both Craig and Lawrence got back past Friese and immediately started to pull away. The gap between that front running pair was 1.5-seconds at this early juncture.
Jalek Swoll was in fourth place a couple of laps into the Main but then crashed at the end of the whoops section which also took Thrasher down.
A few laps later Hunter Lawrence suffered the same fate and had a big end over end crash that left the Aussie in a lot of pain and put him out of the race. Lawrence was only eight-points behind Craig when they went into this round but that DNF a costly mistake.
Christian Craig enjoyed a massive 15-second lead over Vince Friese with seven-minutes still remaining. Michael Mosiman was running third ahead of Chris Blose but then moved past Friese for second place with four-minutes remaining.
The whoops claimed another victim with just over a minute to go. Michael Mosiman was in a safe second place but then went down. The GASGAS rider recovered but his mistake promoted Vince Friese into second place.
Craig went on to take a completely dominant 25-second victory. Only Lawrence had anywhere near the speed to challenge him but that challenge came unstuck early on in the piece when the Aussie went over the bars and down hard.
Friese took second thanks to Mosiman’s mistake. Mosiman’s third though was enough to sneak past Hunter Lawrence in the championship chase, 120 plays 119-points.
Aussie privateer Geran Stapleton made it through to the Main after scoring a third place in the LCQ and collected 11-points for a brilliant 12th place finish in the Main.
Next week is the opening round of the 250 East Championship. The 250 West competitors will not be back in action until March 26 in Seattle and Christian Craig will head to Seattle with a 28-point lead in the championship.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha||16 Laps|
|8||Derek Kelley||KTM||15 Laps|
|15||Dominique Thury||Yamaha||14 Laps|
|16||Maxwell Sanford||Honda||13 Laps|
|17||Dylan Woodcock||Husqvarna||9 Laps|
|18||Hunter Lawrence||Honda||6 Laps|
|19||Jerry Robin||GASGAS||4 Laps|
Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas
The first Triple Crown round of 2022 unfolded overnight as Supercross hit Arizona for round five of the 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season.
Under the Triple Crown format there are no Heat races, instead riders pick their gates on the back of their qualifying time. It was 23-year-old Australian Hunter Lawrence that topped the qualifying sessions ahead of Nate Thrasher and Christian Craig.
While they were heading for three Mains, each one would be only a 10-minute plus one lap duration.
|Top 18 Riders Qualify|
Vince Friese scored the holeshot between the two Yamahas of Christian Craig and Nate Thrasher while Hunter Lawrence gave chase just behind in fourth.
A terrible start to Michael Mosiman’s night, the San Diego winner on the ground and all the way at the back of the field after tangling with Carson Brown.
Hunter Lawrence squeezed past Thrasher for third place a minute into the race and then immediately started to attack Friese for second but, as always, the #62 was hard to pass and it took the Australian longer than he would have preferred to take that second place. Hunter had to get a little aggressive to finally force his way through three-minutes into the race, but by that time Craig had already pulled the pin and had a five-second lead.
Jo Shimoda made his way past Thrasher for fourth place and a couple of laps later then forced his way through on Friese, but Friese returned fire shortly afterwards and forced Shimoda off the track. Shimoda had slipped back to sixth by the time he recovered.
Christian Craig continued to pull away out front and took a dominant 14-second victory over Lawrence while Friese completed the podium.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha||11 Laps|
|20||Mcclellan Hile||Honda||10 Laps|
Vince Friese scored the holeshot ahead of Christian Craig and Hunter Lawrence but only a few turns in to the race Vince Friese hit the back wheel if Christian Craig in the berm of a long left-hander and the impact took Craig’s Monster Energy Yamaha YZ250F down, but Craig kept going! The championship leader was ejected not only over the bars, but flew over the berm and off the track right down onto the concrete surface of State Farm Stadium below! Friese was also off the bike and lost a lot of time, but Craig lost a lot more as he scrambled his way back up to the track and sparked his YZ250F back into life. The pair had gone from leading the race to the back of the field…
The benefactor of that incident was Hunter Lawrence who now led the race from Jalek Swoll and Robbie Wageman.
Craig and Friese had fought their way back through the field and were up to 13th and 14th respectively by the halfway point of the race.
Michael Mosiman closed down Hunter Lawrence late in the race and was challenging for the lead two laps from the end but Lawrence was able to respond and hold on for victory.
Lawrence the winner from Mosiman and Jo Shimoda third ahead of Christian Craig. The Yamaha man coming from dead last to scythe his way all the way up to fourth in yet another remarkable comeback.
|1||Hunter Lawrence||Honda||11 Laps|
|20||Cole Thompson||Yamaha||10 Laps|
Christian Craig scored the holeshot ahead of Vince Friese, Hunter Lawrence and Jo Shimoda in the third and final 250 Main of the night.
While Hunter Lawrence looked for a way past Friese, while giving the unpredictable 30-year-old a wide berth, Christian Craig was pulling away out front. Lawrence finally found his way through on Friese just over two-minutes into the contest, but by that time Craig had a three-second lead.
The battle for third place was where all the action was. Jo Shimoda and Michael Mosiman all over the back of Friese but struggling to find a way past. Shimoda finally found a way through halfway through the race, Mosiman then relegated Friese further back to fifth on the next lap.
Mosiman made a mistake a couple of laps from the end while chasing Shimoda, going down and losing a lot of time. His safe fourth place gone and the GASGAS man was left to try and salvage a couple of points. Eventually finishing 15th.
Lawrence did not have the speed to close down Craig, the #28 Yamaha continued to pull away and by the last lap board his buffer was almost six-seconds. He cruised his way to the flag for a clear and concise victory.
The overall round win though does go to Hunter Lawrence with his 2-1-2 results. Craig’s coming together with Friese in the second bout costing him his chance for the overall, that has allowed Lawrence to trim the gap in the championship back down to eight-points.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha||11 Laps|
|19||Wyatt Lyonsmith||Kawasaki||10 Laps|
It was a Yamaha 1-2 in 450 Qualifying with Dylan Ferrandis heading Eli Tomac on the combined time-sheets. Next best was Jason Anderson ahead of Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton.
That was the first time in his 450 career that Ferrandis had topped qualifying, and with no Heat races it was a good time to do it!
After Qualifying they had three Mains to contest, each one only a 12-minute plus one lap duration.
|Top 18 Riders Qualify|
Eli Tomac got the best gate of his career, blasting off the line and the YZ450F picking up the front wheel again halfway down the chute before he tipped into turn one ahead of Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson and Malcolm Stewart.
Anderson got the better of Stewart to move up to third place two-minutes into the race but Stewart got him right back after the Kawasaki man made a mistake. A couple of minutes later Anderson moved back up to third after Stewart on the gas a little too hard and lost some time. Then with just under three-minutes to run that pair both squeezed past Ken Roczen, demoting the German back to fourth.
Eli Tomac backed things off on the final laps to save his energy for the races to come but still took the flag more than two-seconds ahead of Anderson. Malcolm Stewart third, Roczen fourth.
|1||Eli Tomac||Yamaha||13 Laps|
|21||Cade Clason||Honda||12 Laps|
Eli Tomac scored the holeshot once again in the second bout. Jason Anderson second, Marvin Musquin third. Cooper Webb was fourth before being deposed by a charging Malcolm Stewart who then made short work of Musquin to move up to third.
Chase Sexton made his way past Cooper Webb a couple of minutes into the race, shortly afterwards his HRC team-mate Ken Roczen then pushed Webb further back to seventh. Dylan Ferrandis was the next rider to pass Webb, then moments later Justin Barcia added further insult to relegate the defending champ to ninth.
Jason Anderson was running a strong second place at the halfway mark of the race but then made a mistake through a rhythm section and got hung up on a tough block. His team could only look on with their heads in their hands as rider after rider passed him as he tried to get his machine off the tough block. When he finally got going again he was outside the top ten and eventually finished 12th.
Eli Tomac had a five-second lead over Malcolm Stewart with five-minutes to run. Chase Sexton third, Musquin fourth, Roczen fifth and Ferrandis was now up to sixth.
Ferrandis got on terms with Roczen and took that fifth place from the Honda man with a couple of laps left to run.
Tomac the clear victor once again. Malcolm Stewart second ahead of Chase Sexton while Musquin came home fourth with a three-second buffer over Dylan Ferrandis.
|1||Eli Tomac||Yamaha||13 Laps|
Could Eli Tomac make it three from three?
Tomac got closed down by Malcolm Stewart heading into turn one but it was still a reasonable start, third at the end of lap one while Chase Sexton led the way thanks to the holeshot and Malcolm Stewart was second. Cooper Webb fourth ahead of Marvin Musquin. The Frenchman folded the front a couple of laps later though and was relegated all the way back to 18th.
Eli Tomac steadily reeled in Malcolm Stewart and made his way past at the halfway point of the race. By this time though Chase Sexton had a four-second lead and was looking safe out in front.
Jason Anderson then made his way past Stewart before catching and then passing Tomac to promote himself up to second place with four-minutes to run and he kept Tomac at bay all the way to the flag to claim that second.
A flag to flag victory for Chase Sexton. The 22-year-old backed it off on the final lap but still took the chequered flag by 2.5-seconds while Eli Tomac’s third place was good enough for the round win thanks to his two wins earlier in the night. Tomac now leads Sexton by 11-points in the championship chase.
Eli Tomac the round winner ahead of Malcolm Stewart and Chase Sexton. Jason Anderson fourth overall ahead of Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia and Marvin Musquin while defending champ Webb bagged 15-points for eighth.
Supercross returns to Anahaim next weekend for round six. If Tomac takes the form he displayed tonight through to the following rounds he will firm up as the championship favourite in what will be his first year with Yamaha. If he pulls it off he will be one of only four riders to have claimed the title on two different brands of machinery. The GOAT, Ricky Carmichael, did it on three different brands…
|1||Chase Sexton||Honda||13 Laps|
|21||Fredrik Noren||KTM||12 Laps|
Vince Friese and Michael Mosiman got the best starts but Christian Craig was soon on the move and up to third after the first few turns. Jo Shimoda then took the battle back up to Craig to move back up to that third position. Jalek Swoll and Hunter Lawrence were fifth and sixth respectively at this early juncture.
Mosiman moved through to the lead as Friese and Craig tussled over second position, after the championship leader had got the better of Shimoda once again. Their battle was allowing Mosiman to break away a little. Hunter Lawrence was now up to fourth with 12-minutes still left on the shot clock.
Christian Craig eventually broke away from Friese and chased down Mosiman. With five-minutes remaining Craig put a fairly stiff move on Mosiman, the GASGAS rider came back at him at the next turn and could have pushed him over the edge but instead kept his riding clean and stayed in second, that was a pivotal moment in the race.
Hunter Lawrence was attacking the track while trying to look for a way past Vince Friese for third place with two-minutes left on the clock. Jo Shimoda was not out of that battle either and could capitalise if either Friese or Lawrence make a mistake. The situation was tight with two laps to run. Friese then went down in the whoops, perhaps succumbing to the pressure from Lawrence, Shimoda then hit Friese as the Kawasaki man had nowhere to go, it was ugly but both men were okay.
Up front Christian Craig had pulled away from Mosiman and that pair looked settled in those 1-2 positions while the incident between Friese and Shimoda had made Lawrence’s third place finish look safe.
Christian Craig went on to victory and with it extended his championship lead over Hunter Lawrence to 11-points. With second place Michael Mosiman strengthened his third place on the points table and is now only three-points behind Lawrence.
A great consistent start to the season for Lawrence, who, while not visiting the top step on the podium yet, he has been on the podium at every round so far this season.
Supercross next heads to Glendale in Arizona for round five of what is a ten round 250 West Championship.
Adam Cianciarulo was on track with the team’s expectations for his performance and recovery when an untimely mistake through the whoop section at San Diego Supercross on Jan. 22, resulted in an injury to his right knee.
After consultation with medical professionals, it was determined that the injury will force an early conclusion to Cianciarulo’s 2022 Monster Energy Supercross efforts.
Cianciarulo had an impressive start to the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship with courageous performances that had him leading laps in back-to-back 450SX Main Events. Despite competing with the adverse effects of a pre-season shoulder injury, Cianciarulo persevered to score valuable points at the first two rounds and kept his sights set on the long-term goal of championship contention.
“The start of this year has been challenging for me mentally and physically as I’ve done my best to overcome a slowly recovering shoulder injury,” said Cianciarulo. “I’m proud of what I’ve been able to achieve given the situation but, I’m obviously now faced with a big setback. I’m looking at this as an opportunity to fully rehab my body, so I’m focused on maximizing every day of recovery to get back to doing what I love at my best.”
Further updates on Cianciarulo’s expected return to racing will be announced in the near future.
Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas
Defending Champion Cooper Webb dominated the opening 450 Heat of the night from go to whoa while KTM team-mate Marvin Musquin gave chase.
Musquin was challenged at times for second place by Ken Roczen but the Frenchman held on and the German had to settle for third.
Justin Brayton had a strong heat race, running fourth throughout and crossing the line less than five-seconds behind the race winner in his first race back since testing positive for Covid.
|1||Cooper Webb||KTM||9 Laps|
|17||RJ Wageman||Yamaha||8 Laps|
|20||Nick Schmidt||Husqvarna||3 Laps|
Joey Savatgy and Aaron Plessinger got hooked up together on lap one and lost a lot of time extricating themselves from each other while on the ground. Savatgy coming off worse and taking no further part in the Heat, the 27-year-old recently tore his ACL but raced Oakland and had planned to race all season but presumingly this incident may have caused further damage that saw him withdraw from the event.
A couple of minutes in Adam Cianciarulo pulled out for some reason, picking up his mechanic and heading back to the pit truck.
Shane McElrath was strong early on before stalling his machine and losing plenty of ground. He recovered well to then battle Malcolm Stewart before finishing in sixth place.
No such dramas for fastest qualifier Jason Anderson. The new Kawasaki signing dominated while Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac battled over second place.
Tomac eventually snuck past Barcia on the final lap to take that second place. Chase Sexton fourth, Malcolm Stewart fifth.
Remarkably, Aaron Plessinger recovered from that opening lap misfortune that put him way behind to claim ninth place, thus earning his automatic qualification through to the Main.
|1||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki||9 Laps|
|13||Deven Raper||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
|18||Aaron Siminoe||Kawasaki||5 Laps|
|19||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki||2 Laps|
The riders reported that the track was very tough and the physical effort was clear on their faces after even the relatively short seven-minute Heat races. Thus it was looking likely to be somewhat of a survival of the fittest come the Main, a 20-minute plus one lap test of physical endurance.
It had already been a testing event for some with Joey Savatgy not making the Main after crashing in his Heat race, hurting himself and then not making the LCQ.
Adam Cianciarulo retired from his Heat race after hurting his knee when saving a crash in the whoops. He then decided to not race the LCQ and chose to sit the event out, so he was another fancied rider missing from the starting gates.
Everyone got away cleanly when the gates dropped but emerging from turn one with the early race lead was Marvin Musquin ahead of Chase Sexton, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen.
Chase Sexton made his move on Musquin three-minutes into the race and took the lead. Moments later Eli Tomac pushed the Frenchman further back to third place. Webb was looming large in fourth along with Roczen. Jason Anderson had worked his way past Dylan Ferrandis to move up into sixth place.
Roczen slipped past Webb, and a few turns later both of them moved past Musquin, relegating the #25 to fifth. Up front Sexton led Tomac by 2.4-seconds and Roczen was now starting to close on both of them.
Jason Anderson then pushed his way past Webb in the whoops to move up to fourth place. With 13-minutes remaining on the shot clock Sexton led Tomac by 4.5-seconds. Roczen was now looking to challenge Tomac but then made a mistake in the whoops which allowed Anderson to get up the inside of him and close off his line, putting Roczen on the deck, briefly, but long enough for the German to be demoted all the way back to eighth.
With ten-minutes left Sexton’s lead was now six-seconds over Tomac. Jason Anderson then closed in on Tomac and made short work of the #3 Yamaha to take second place and then left Tomac in his dust. Anderson was on fire but Sexton had almost a seven-second buffer with less than nine-minutes to run.
Just after writing that he was on fire, Anderson’s Kawasaki started smoking…The KX450F was now losing power and Anderson was losing places as he tried to bring the bike home and salvage some points. His team pit-board saying ‘as long as you can’, indicating to him that he should still try to make the chequered flag.
Due to Anderson’s misfortune, Tomac was now second, Ferrandis third, Webb fourth and Malcolm Stewart fifth. With four-minutes left on the shot clock Sexton had an eight-second buffer over Tomac.
Chase Sexton went on to take his maiden 450 victory in dominant fashion.
Eli Tomac came home second while Dylan Ferrandis managed to stave off a late charge from Cooper Webb to claim the final step on the rostrum.
Malcolm Stewart fifth ahead of Aaron Plessinger while Ken Roczen salvaged 16 Points for seventh after that costly earlier incident.
Justin Barcia eighth while Jason Anderson gently coasted his smoking machine home to ninth. Marvin Musquin rounded out the top ten ahead of Justin Brayton.
After the event AMA officials then sanctioned two riders. Justin Bogle and Justin Barcia had been conducting some argy-bargy in the event. Barcia tipped Bogle over early on, then when he came around to lap Bogle later in the Main, Bogle punted Barcia off the track. Barcia was penalised one position, dropping him from eighth to ninth in the official results, while Bogle was disqualified and thus loses the single point he had scored in the Main.
Three different winners in the opening three rounds, and with only 14-points covering the top ten, this is the closest AMA Supercross has ever been three rounds in.
Barcia arrived in San Diego with the red plate but leaves in fourth place. While Eli Tomac leaps from sixth into the championship lead!
Jason Anderson was second on the points table but tonight’s machine problems saw him relegated to sixth.
Chase Sexton’s victory catapulted him from ninth right up to equal second with defending champion Cooper Webb, both of them now only a single point behind new championship leader Tomac.
|1||Chase Sexton||Honda||26 Laps|
|13||Shane McElrath||KTM||25 Laps|
|19||Ryan Breece||Yamaha||24 Laps|
|21||Fredrik Noren||KTM||10 Laps|
|22||Justin Bogle||Suzuki||22 Laps|
Hunter Lawrence won his heat race from Garrett Marchbanks and Chris Blose.
Carson Mumford had led early on before slipping to fourth as the race progressed.
|1||Hunter Lawrence||Honda||9 Laps|
|20||Wyatt Lyonsmith||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
Christian Craig took out the second Heat in a race that was significantly faster than what we witnessed in the opening Heat. Both Craig and second placed finisher Michael Mosiman recorded mid-high 48s, a second quicker than what the first and second place finishers had recorded in the opening Heat.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha||9 Laps|
|15||Geran Stapleton||GASGAS||8 Laps|
|17||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha||7 Laps|
|19||Devin Harriman||KTM||4 Laps|
A huge melee at turn one saw championship leader Christian Craig get tangled up with Jo Shimoda which also brought down Ryan Surratt, Garrett Marchbanks, Chris Blose and Robbie Wageman.
No such drama for Michael Mosiman though who took the holeshot and immediately started to pull away with a clean track in front of him.
Hunter Lawrence was quickly up into to second, Carson Mumford third and Nate Thrasher fourth.
Thrasher moved past Mumford to take third place five laps into the race while Craig was scything his way up the field after that turn one incident, already up to tenth place at that juncture.
By half-race distance Craig was up to sixth. A couple of minutes later he was fourth…
Up front Hunter Lawrence was keeping the pressure on Mosiman but the GASGAS rider was holding on. The gap was rarely any more than a second, despite plenty of lapped traffic.
Both Mosiman and Lawrence then made a mistake in the whoops, Mosiman baulked by a lapper, and then Lawrence got crossed up and hit the back of Mosiman, both of them almost going down but Mosiman remained upright to come out the other side of the incident with a 3.5-second advantage over Lawrence with a minute plus one lap remaining in the race.
That essentially looked to have decided the race, Mosiman had the breathing space to cruise home but then lapped riders came into the picture once again! Mosiman got tripped up by a lapper once again but Hunter did not have quite enough left in the bag to get the better of Mosiman before the chequered flag.
Christian Craig pushed Friese off the podium on the penultimate lap in what was a spectacular recovery from the back of the field. Crossing the line only 25-seconds behind the race winner.
Jo Shimoda also did a great job of damage control to finish fifth place.
And that winner was Mosiman, the 22-year-old taking a historic first win after leading the entire race from holeshot to chequered flag.
In the championship chase Christian Craig retains the lead in the 250 West ranks, Hunter Lawrence only gaining two-points over the Star Yamaha rider to now trail by six-points.
The win promoted Mosiman up to third in the standings, five-points behind Lawrence, and eight-points ahead of Friese.
|1||Michael Mosiman||GASGAS||20 Laps|
|7||Jalek Swoll||Husqvarna||19 Laps|
|16||Devin Harriman||KTM||18 Laps|
|20||Kaeden Amerine||KTM||17 Laps|
|22||Garrett Marchbanks||Yamaha||10 Laps|
Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas
Chase Sexton set the fastest lap and won the opening 450 Heat race ahead of Jason Anderson and Aaron Plessinger, as the second round of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season got underway in California.
|1||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R||7 Laps|
|2||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||+01.903|
|3||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+11.934|
|4||Malcolm Stewart||Husqvarna FC 450||+12.561|
|5||Dylan Ferrandis||Yamaha YZ450F||+15.053|
|6||Dean Wilson||Husqvarna FC 450||+19.111|
|7||Justin Bogle||Suzuki RM-Z450||+30.423|
|8||Kyle Chisholm||Yamaha YZ450F||+32.634|
|9||Max Anstie||KTM 450 SX-F||+33.740|
|10||Ryan Breece||Yamaha YZ450F||+35.676|
|11||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||+3m59.330|
|12||Bryson Gardner||Honda CRF450R||+4m05.377|
|13||Adam Enticknap||Suzuki RM-Z450||+4m09.502|
|14||Joan Cros||Kawasaki KX450||+4m13.220|
|15||Theodore Pauli||Kawasaki KX450||+4m23.354|
|16||Vann Martin||Yamaha YZ450F||+4m28.229|
|17||Alexander Nagy||KTM 450 SX-F||6 Laps|
|18||RJ Wageman||Yamaha YZ450F||+06.308|
|19||Scotty Wennerstrom Jefferson, TX||Kawasaki KX450||+18.920|
|20||Kyle Greeson||KTM 350 SX-F||+20.880|
Red plate holder Ken Roczen went down hard in a qualifying session that saw Eli Tomac on top from fellow Yamaha rider Dylan Ferrandis.
Roczen bounced back from that heavy hit though, to finish second in his Heat race, crossing the line three-seconds behind winner Eli Tomac, and four-seconds ahead of Justin Barcia.
|1||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||7 Laps|
|2||Ken Roczen||Honda CRF450R||+03.309|
|3||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||+07.064|
|4||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||+09.179|
|5||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F||+10.809|
|6||Marvin Musquin||KTM 450 SX-F||+13.390|
|7||Shane McElrath||KTM 450 SX-F||+17.501|
|8||Joey Savatgy||KTM 450 SX-F||+25.086|
|9||Brandon Hartranft||Suzuki RM-Z450||+26.070|
|10||Alex Martin||Yamaha YZ450F||+27.657|
|11||Josh Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||+52.100|
|12||Kevin Moranz||KTM 450 SX-F||+57.362|
|13||Deven Raper||Kawasaki KX450||6 Laps|
|14||Joshua Greco||Kawasaki KX250||+25.946|
|15||JB Buller||Husqvarna FC 450||+32.039|
|16||Mason Kerr||Kawasaki KX450||2 Laps|
|17||Nick Schmidt||Husqvarna FC 450||+13.110|
|18||Alex Ray||Honda CRF450R||1 Laps|
|19||Cade Clason||Honda CRF450R||+28.108|
|20||Chase Felong||Husqvarna FC 450||+1m34.449|
Adam Cianciarulo scored the holeshot ahead of Shane McElrath and Ken Roczen when the gates dropped for the 450 Main. Roczen lost positions to Jason Anderson and Justin Barcia early on the opening lap.
Jason Anderson moved up to second place to make it a Kawasaki 1-2 as he chased Cianicarulo. Aaron Plessinger moved past fellow KTM rider McElrath to take third place with 18-minutes still left on the shot clock. Barcia split the KTM men to move up to fourth place, while Roczen was sixth ahead of team-mate Sexton and new Yamaha signing Tomac.
With just under 17-minutes remaining Roczen ended up in the tough blocks and his CRF450R on the deck. By the time he was back up and running he was outside the top ten, all the way down in 14th place. The German only managed to improve on that by one place at the flag, a disappointing 13th place finish for the Factory Honda rider.
Meanwhile Jason Anderson had moved past Cianciarulo to take the race lead. Two laps later Plessinger pushed Cianciarulo further back to third place. Two more laps and Cianciarulo was down to fourth after being passed by Barcia, a lap later Tomac also went through to push Cianciarulo further back to sixth. The Kawasaki man clearly struggling as the race progressed with his recovering shoulder and continued to lose places before eventually finishing 12th.
With seven-minutes left on the shot clock Plessinger was chasing Anderson hard, the gap was 1.8-seconds. Barcia was a further four-seconds back in third, and Tomac equidistant in fourth.
Anderson responded to the challenge though and with three-minutes left his lead was back out to over four-seconds while Barcia was closing on Plessinger to try and challenge the KTM man for second place. Tomac was fourth, Malcolm Stewart fifth and Ferrandis sixth.
At the last lap flag Anderson was maintaining his four-second buffer over Plessinger, who in turn now had more breathing room over Barcia. And that was how they finished, Anderson a clear winner over Plessinger and Barcia.
Eli Tomac set the fastest lap of the race on his way to fourth ahead of Malcolm Stewart, Dylan Ferrandis, Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin.
Chase Sexton was the first Honda home in ninth ahead of Dean Wilson and Joey Savatgy.
Justin Barcia will take a three-point lead over Jason Anderson and Cooper Webb to San Diego next weekend.
|1||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||21 Laps|
|2||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F||+03.366|
|3||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||+06.165|
|4||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||+09.919|
|5||Malcolm Stewart||Husqvarna FC 450||+13.951|
|6||Dylan Ferrandis||Yamaha YZ450F||+14.779|
|7||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F||+16.649|
|8||Marvin Musquin||KTM 450 SX-F||+34.013|
|9||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R||+37.714|
|10||Dean Wilson||Husqvarna FC 450||+48.582|
|11||Joey Savatgy||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+51.534|
|12||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||+55.407|
|13||Ken Roczen||Honda CRF450R||+58.137|
|14||Shane McElrath||KTM 450 SX-F||+1m01.784|
|15||Max Anstie||KTM 450 SX-F||20 Laps|
|16||Brandon Hartranft||Suzuki RM-Z450||+09.419|
|17||Alex Martin||Yamaha YZ450F||+20.014|
|18||Kyle Chisholm||Yamaha YZ450F||19 Laps|
|19||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||+11.983|
|20||Josh Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||+21.849|
|21||Joan Cros||Kawasaki KX450||+32.577|
|22||Justin Bogle||Suzuki RM-Z450||8 Laps|
Michael Mosiman won the opening 250 Heat from Jo Shimoda, but it was third placed Seth Hammaker that set the fastest lap of the Heat.
|1||Michael Mosiman||GASGAS MC 250F||7 Laps|
|2||Jo Shimoda||Kawasaki KX250||+01.572|
|3||Seth Hammaker||Kawasaki KX250||+02.710|
|4||Chris Blose||GASGAS MC 250F||+15.728|
|5||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||+25.561|
|6||Carson Mumford||Suzuki RM-Z250||+29.619|
|7||Ryan Surratt||Yamaha YZ250F||+38.250|
|8||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX250||+39.487|
|9||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||+41.052|
|10||Dylan Walsh||Kawasaki KX250||+43.768|
|11||Jerry Robin||GASGAS MC 250F||+47.465|
|12||Wyatt Lyonsmith||Kawasaki KX250||+49.159|
|13||Dylan Woodcock||Husqvarna FC 250||+50.902|
|14||Chris Howell||Kawasaki KX250||+56.341|
|15||Brandon Ray||Kawasaki KX250||+59.675|
|16||Mcclellan Hile||Honda CRF250R||+1m01.014|
|17||Robbie Wageman||Yamaha YZ250F||6 Laps|
|18||Colby Copp||GASGAS MC 250F||+09.476|
|19||Kaeden Amerine||KTM 250 SX-F||+11.650|
|20||Tre Fierro||Kawasaki KX250||+33.025|
Christian Craig was the only 250 rider to put in a sub-minute lap in qualifying to top the combined sessions and the Yamaha rider carried that form into his Heat race, where he lapped faster again to take a clear victory over Hunter Lawrence.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha YZ250F||7 Laps|
|2||Hunter Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||+08.188|
|3||Garrett Marchbanks||Yamaha YZ250F||+12.989|
|4||Vince Friese||Honda CRF250R||+14.773|
|5||Nate Thrasher||Yamaha YZ250F||+15.398|
|6||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||+36.571|
|7||Carson Brown||KTM 250 SX-F||+41.035|
|8||Devin Harriman||KTM 250 SX-F||+46.570|
|9||Gared Steinke||KTM 125 SX||+53.579|
|10||Maxwell Sanford||Honda CRF250R||+54.945|
|11||Cheyenne Harmon||Honda CRF250R||+58.940|
|12||Derek Kelley||KTM 250 SX-F||+59.073|
|13||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||+1m07.891|
|14||Preston Taylor||Kawasaki KX250||6 Laps|
|15||Geran Stapleton||GASGAS MC 250F||+01.982|
|16||Richard Taylor||Yamaha YZ250F||+02.606|
|17||Chance Blackburn||GASGAS MC 250F||+06.367|
|18||David Pulley||Yamaha YZ250F||5 Laps|
|19||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||2 Laps|
|20||Chad Saultz||KTM 250 SX-F||1 Laps|
Jo Shimoda scored the holeshot in the 250 Main on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki to take the early lead from Christian Craig, Vince Friese, Seth Hammaker and Michael Mosiman. Hunter Lawrence was sixth at the end of lap one but already had his work cut out for him in his quest for a podium.
Shimoda stalled the KX250F late on the second lap, which allowed Craig to sweep through to the lead and push the Japanese rider back to second place. Shimoda recovered to fend off Friese who then made a mistake and fell back to sixth place as Hammaker moved up to take third, Mosiman fourth and Lawrence fifth.
Shimoda then made a mistake in the whoops two laps later and went down. By the time he got going again he had been relegated all the way down to ninth.
Michael Mosiman also made a mistake and lost a number of positions, allowing Hunter Lawrence to capitalise and move up to third place.
Meanwhile Christian Craig was unflustered up front and led by six-seconds with nine-minutes remaining. Hammaker was second, and Lawrence a further three-seconds behind in third place but with four-seconds over fourth place Nate Thrasher.
Lawrence chased Hammaker hard and was in position to capitalise when the Kawasaki man made a small mistake in the whoops with just over two-minutes left on the shot clock. Once past, Hunter pulled away to take a strong second place.
Christian Craig the dominant victor, the Yamaha man backed things off in the final laps but his winning margin was still more than five-seconds to make it two-from-two so far in AMA Supercross 2022.
Michael Mosiman was fourth ahead of Nate Thrasher and Vince Friese, while Jo Shimoda recovered from his early mistakes to claim seventh place.
AMA Supercross will reconvene next weekend in San Diego.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha YZ250F||16 Laps|
|2||Hunter Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||+05.698|
|3||Seth Hammaker||Kawasaki KX250||+09.954|
|4||Michael Mosiman||GASGAS MC 250F||+14.809|
|5||Nate Thrasher||Yamaha YZ250F||+23.244|
|6||Vince Friese||Honda CRF250R||+40.386|
|7||Jo Shimoda||Kawasaki KX250||+49.493|
|8||Garrett Marchbanks||Yamaha YZ250F||+52.899|
|9||Chris Blose||GASGAS MC 250F||+54.645|
|10||Robbie Wageman||Yamaha YZ250F||+58.012|
|11||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||15 Laps|
|12||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||+03.761|
|13||Carson Brown||KTM 250 SX-F||+20.645|
|14||Carson Mumford||Suzuki RM-Z250||+23.596|
|15||Devin Harriman||KTM 250 SX-F||+26.602|
|16||Ryan Surratt||Yamaha YZ250F||+55.756|
|17||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX250||14 Laps|
|18||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||+18.514|
|19||Dylan Woodcock||Husqvarna FC 250||+26.502|
|20||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||10 Laps|
|21||Gared Steinke||KTM 125 SX||7 Laps|
|22||Jerry Robin||GASGAS MC 250F||5 Laps|
Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas
Chase Sexton won the opening 450 Heat of season 2022, while Shane McElrath ran second for most of the bout, until being closed down by Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia as the moto progressed.
McElrath managed to hold on for second though, ahead of Eli Tomac who finished third on his Yamaha debut.
Justin Barcia was fourth ahead of Webb, Anstie, Oldenburg and Musquin, with Fred Noren scoring the final transfer spot.
The likes of Josh Hill and Justin Bogle had to contest the LCQ but also failed to make that cut and didn’t make the Main.
|1||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R||8 Laps|
|2||Shane McElrath||KTM 450 SX-F||+02.325|
|3||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||+03.520|
|4||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||+04.861|
|5||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F||+13.918|
|6||Max Anstie||KTM 450 SX-F||+19.350|
|7||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF450R||+22.403|
|8||Marvin Musquin||KTM 450 SX-F||+33.972|
|9||Fredrik Noren||KTM 450 SX-F||+37.580|
|10||Cade Clason||Honda CRF450R||+46.073|
|11||Alex Ray||Honda CRF450R||+47.917|
|12||Josh Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||+53.402|
|13||Joan Cros||Kawasaki KX450||+55.302|
|14||Justin Bogle||Suzuki RM-Z450||+1m04.044|
|15||Mason Kerr||Kawasaki KX450||+1m07.084|
|16||Kai Haase||GASGAS MC 450F||7 Laps|
|17||RJ Wageman||Yamaha YZ450F||+16.915|
|18||Theodore Pauli||Kawasaki KX450||+47.325|
|19||Scotty Wennerstrom||Kawasaki KX450||+1m09.697|
|20||Nick Schmidt||Husqvarna FC 450||2 Laps|
Malcolm Stewart had already celebrated his new ride with Husqvarna by topping the qualifying sessions but he didn’t get a great start in the heat race. It was Ken Roczen that scored the holeshot while Adam Cianciarulo, Justin Brayton and Malcolm Stewart gave chase. Plessinger was sixth ahead of Ferrandis and Savatgy.
Brayton took second place from Cianciarulo a couple of laps into the Heat. New KTM signing Aaron Plessinger then moved past Stewart to take fourth place. Stewart then also started to come under attack from Dylan Ferrandis.
Stewart eventually responded to take that fourth place back off Plessinger and then went one better, by taking third place from Adam Cianciarulo. Plessinger, Ferrandis, and Savatgy then pushed Cianciarulo all the way back to seventh.
Up front it was still all Roczen and the German was a clear victor.
Justin Brayton had a comfortable buffer over Malcolm Stewart in third place with two laps remaining but Stewart almost chased him down to steal second before eventually settling for third.
Plessinger finished fourth ahead of Ferrandis, Savatgy and Cianciarulo.
Jason Anderson fell early on and was right at the back of the field but worked his way forward to eventually break into the top nine and earn his transfer to the 450 Main.
Dean Wilson was the final rider to make the transfer cut with a ninth place finish.
|1||Ken Roczen||Honda CRF450R||8 Laps|
|2||Justin Brayton||Honda CRF450R||+05.743|
|3||Malcolm Stewart||Husqvarna FC 450||+06.939|
|4||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+09.511|
|5||Dylan Ferrandis||Yamaha YZ450F||+10.527|
|6||Joey Savatgy||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+13.306|
|7||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||+17.346|
|8||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||+20.126|
|9||Dean Wilson||Husqvarna FC 450||+20.944|
|10||Ryan Breece||Yamaha YZ450F||+33.163|
|11||Brandon Hartranft||Suzuki RM-Z450||+37.974|
|12||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||+43.889|
|13||Kyle Chisholm||Yamaha YZ450F||+47.306|
|14||Adam Enticknap||Suzuki RM-Z450||7 Laps|
|15||Bryson Gardner||Honda CRF450R||+01.099|
|16||Vann Martin||Yamaha YZ450F||+03.197|
|17||Alexander Nagy||KTM 450 SX-F||+07.350|
|18||Alex Martin||Yamaha YZ450F||2 Laps|
|19||Deven Raper||Kawasaki KX450||+06.282|
|20||Kevin Moranz||KTM 450 SX-F||DNF|
It was a Honda 1-2 from the off with Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton running through turn one side by side but Roczen maintained the advantage to lead from his team-mate. Adam Cianciarulo was third ahead of Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson, Shane McElrath, Malcolm Stewart and Marvin Musquin while Justin Brayton rounded out the lap one top ten ahead of Eli Tomac.
Roczen continued to lead Sexton but could not break away from his team-mate. Sexton was right on his tail lap after lap and was looking to pounce on any mistake from the German.
Eventually though it was Sexton that made a mistake and after challenging for the lead numerous times the #23 was then relegated to third place as Adam Cianciarulo went through, before Sexton got his act back together.
Sexton then got a bit too frustrated trying to get back past Cianciarulo which saw him drop the bike again and he was then passed by Barcia, Anderson, Webb, Stewart, Musquin and Ferrandis. A massive fall from grace for Sexton.
That kerfuffle had left Roczen with a huge ten-second lead over his pursuers. The closest of which was now Justin Barcia who was closely followed by Jason Anderson and Cooper Webb.
With seven-minutes and two laps still remaining Roczen led Barcia by 11.5-seconds. Chas Sexton had worked his way back up to seventh after Malcolm Stewart and Marvin Musquin both ended on the deck after tussling for position.
Jason Anderson started to put the pressure on Barcia in the closing stages of the race and Cooper Webb was also looking to capitalise on any mistakes from that pair. Anderson made his move but a few turns later Barcia returned fire in an aggressive way that left Anderson on the deck and the #21 Kawasaki had been shuffled back to seventh by the time he got back up and running.
The comeback story belonged to early front runner Chase Sexton who after making two falls and drifting right back in the pack, then put his head back down and passed Tomac, Musquin and Cianciarulo to promote himself back up to fourth place with three laps remaining.
At the flag Musquin stole that fourth place back at that final juncture which saw Sexton finish fifth but the Honda man was well ahead of Eli Tomac, Malcolm Stewart, Joey Savatgy and Aaron Plessinger while Jason Anderson rounded out the top ten ahead of Cianciarulo, Wilson and Brayton.
As Ken Roczen got the last lap flag he backed things off which allowed Webb to get the gap back down to under ten seconds as the German just cruised home to a dominant flag to flag victory.
Cooper Webb’s second place came with a reasonable buffer over third placed Justin Barcia, who rounded out the podium.
|1||Ken Roczen||Honda CRF450R||22 Laps|
|2||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+07.296|
|3||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||+10.381|
|4||Marvin Musquin||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+15.867|
|5||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R||+15.881|
|6||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||+20.320|
|7||Malcolm Stewart||Husqvarna FC 450||+21.531|
|8||Joey Savatgy||KTM 450 SX-F||+26.982|
|9||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F||+29.726|
|10||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||+34.851|
|11||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||+35.510|
|12||Dean Wilson||Husqvarna FC 450||+38.946|
|13||Justin Brayton||Honda CRF450R||+41.311|
|14||Max Anstie||KTM 450 SX-F||+49.446|
|15||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF450R||+1m03.848|
|16||Dylan Ferrandis||Yamaha YZ450F||21 Laps|
|17||Brandon Hartranft||Suzuki RM-Z450||+07.746|
|18||Shane McElrath||KTM 450 SX-F FE||+25.212|
|19||Cade Clason||Honda CRF450R||+30.169|
|20||Fredrik Noren||KTM 450 SX-F||+34.887|
|21||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||+1m03.375|
|22||Ryan Breece||Yamaha YZ450F||19 Laps|
|1||Ken Roczen||Honda CRF450R WE||26|
|2||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F FE||23|
|3||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||21|
|4||Marvin Musquin||KTM 450 SX-F FE||19|
|5||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R WE||18|
|6||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||17|
|7||Malcolm Stewart||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||16|
|8||Joey Savatgy||KTM 450 SX-F FE||15|
|9||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F FE||14|
|10||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||13|
|11||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||12|
|12||Dean Wilson||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||11|
|13||Justin Brayton||Honda CRF450R||10|
|14||Max Anstie||KTM 450 SX-F||9|
|15||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF450R||8|
|16||Dylan Ferrandis||Yamaha YZ450F||7|
|17||Brandon Hartranft||Suzuki RM-Z450||6|
|18||Shane McElrath||KTM 450 SX-F FE||5|
|19||Cade Clason||Honda CRF450R||4|
|20||Fredrik Noren||KTM 450 SX-F||3|
|21||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||2|
|22||Ryan Breece||Yamaha YZ450F||1|
Taking the step down from 450 to 250 this season, Vince Friese scored the holeshot in the opening 250 Heat ahead of Colt Nichols and Seth Hammaker.
Colt Nichols squeezed past Friese halfway through the heat, Hammaker then followed him through to push Friese back to third. Friese came back at him though and Mosiman benefitted from their tussle to move up to third place, pushing Hammaker back to fourth.
Colt Nichols then went down hard, handing the lead to Mosiman who led Hammaker and Friese home 1-2-3. Mosiman pulled away in the closing laps to make it a clear six-second victory.
|1||Michael Mosiman||GASGAS MC 250F||8 Laps|
|2||Seth Hammaker||Kawasaki KX250||+06.134|
|3||Vince Friese||Honda CRF250R||+14.559|
|4||Chris Blose||GASGAS MC 250F||+15.868|
|5||Derek Kelley||KTM 250 SX-F||+16.980|
|6||Robbie Wageman||Yamaha YZ250F||+18.663|
|7||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||+33.476|
|8||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||+34.074|
|9||Ryan Surratt||Yamaha YZ250F||+35.144|
|10||Thomas Do||KTM 250 SX-F||+41.365|
|11||Chris Howell||Kawasaki KX250||+52.231|
|12||Wyatt Lyonsmith||Kawasaki KX250||+57.963|
|13||Tre Fierro||Kawasaki KX250||+1m00.309|
|14||Gared Steinke||KTM 125 SX||+1m01.401|
|15||Jack Brunell||GASGAS MC 250F||7 Laps|
|16||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||+06.587|
|17||KTM 250 SX-F||+14.972|
|18||Logan Leitzel||Kawasaki KX250||+25.284|
|19||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||5 Laps|
|20||Colt Nichols||Yamaha YZ250F||4 Laps|
Carson Mumford got off the line well and led the field into turn one on the RM-Z250 but Christian Craig had a better exit and quickly moved through to the lead, immediately starting to pull away from the field.
Marchbanks moved up to second place, while Hunter Lawrence recovered from getting caught up with some other riders on the opening lap to move past Thrasher and then Mumford to move up into third place.
Hunter Lawrence then made a mistake though and dropped the bike, the Australian losing a few positions before getting back up to speed.
Riders had been lapping under yellow flags since an early incident with Jalek Swoll saw him go down hard. Eventually officials brought out the red flag just before the third lap was completed thus riders headed around to the gates for a full re-start.
At the re-start it was Hunter Lawrence that got the jump through the inside line to take the early lead from Dylan Walsh but Jo Shimoda moved up to that second place on lap two. Christian Craig then made short work of both of them to move up to second place and the Yamaha man set about chasing down Hunter Lawrence.
Craig had the pace to wait and take his chance, but when he did he took Lawrence up high and the Honda man dropped the CRF250R. That left Craig to streak away to an easy win while Lawrence was relegated to fourth place by the tussle. Shimoda took second, Marchbanks third.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha YZ250F||8 Laps|
|2||Jo Shimoda||Kawasaki KX250||+08.412|
|3||Garrett Marchbanks||Yamaha YZ250F||+14.315|
|4||Hunter Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||+25.642|
|5||Nate Thrasher||Yamaha YZ250F||+28.499|
|6||Carson Mumford||Suzuki RM-Z250||+31.947|
|7||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||+36.582|
|8||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX250||+46.607|
|9||Devin Harriman||KTM 250 SX-F||+48.982|
|10||Kaeden Amerine||KTM 250 SX-F||+51.102|
|11||Geran Stapleton||GASGAS MC 250F||+58.311|
|12||Dylan Walsh||Kawasaki KX250||+1m01.625|
|13||Maxwell Sanford||Honda CRF250R||+1m04.571|
|14||Richard Taylor||Yamaha YZ250F||+1m06.659|
|15||Mcclellan Hile||Honda CRF250R||7 Laps|
|16||Preston Taylor||Kawasaki KX250||+02.412|
|17||Colby Copp||GASGAS MC 250F||+46.246|
|18||Carson Brown||KTM 250 SX-F||4 Laps|
|19||Dylan Woodcock||Husqvarna FC 250||2 Laps|
|20||Jalek Swoll||Husqvarna FC 250||DNS|
Vince Friese got another Holeshot to lead Seth Hammaker and Christian Craig in the Main. Michael Mosiman made a mistake on the opening lap and lost a heap of ground. Hunter Lawrence was stuck back in the pack around tenth.
Craig made his way past Hammaker to move up to second place after nearly eating dirt himself through the whoops, pulled off a great save to stay on the bike and was quickly all over the back of Vince Friese.
Friese defended well but Craig eventually made his way through to take the lead. Hammaker then started to attack Friese for that second position and it didn’t take him long to push Friese back to third. A lap later Marchbanks pushed Friese further back to fourth.
Hunter Lawrence had been steadily working his way forward and was up to fifth by half race distance and shortly thereafter moved past Friese to relegate the early race leader to fifth.
Christian Craig continued to set the pace and pulled away from Hammaker who as the race progressed started to come under attack from Marchbanks. Hunter Lawrence beat him to the punch though!
Hunter took third place from Marchbanks but ran out of time before he could get Hammaker and had to settle for third despite a final corner challenge that nearly came off for the Australian.
Jo Shimoda had got stuck on the gates and was way behind the pack at the start but steadily worked his way forward to a seventh place finish to still bag good points despite that disastrous start.
Mosiman also recovered from an early stumble to finish sixth.
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha YZ250F||16 Laps|
|2||Seth Hammaker||Kawasaki KX250||+05.625|
|3||Hunter Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||+06.054|
|4||Garrett Marchbanks||Yamaha YZ250F||+08.160|
|5||Vince Friese||Honda CRF250R||+26.635|
|6||Michael Mosiman||GASGAS MC 250F||+36.824|
|7||Jo Shimoda||Kawasaki KX250||+41.598|
|8||Robbie Wageman||Yamaha YZ250F||+44.917|
|9||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||+52.585|
|10||Carson Mumford||Suzuki RM-Z250||+56.276|
|11||Chris Blose||GASGAS MC 250F||+59.196|
|12||Nate Thrasher||Yamaha YZ250F||+1m01.892|
|13||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||+1m04.415|
|14||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||15 Laps|
|15||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||+15.728|
|16||Ryan Surratt||Yamaha YZ250F||+17.738|
|17||Dylan Walsh||Kawasaki KX250||+22.447|
|18||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX250||+41.774|
|19||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||+47.024|
|20||Kaeden Amerine||KTM 250 SX-F||+59.962|
|21||Derek Kelley||KTM 250 SX-F||14 Laps|
|22||Devin Harriman||KTM 250 SX-F||+12.333|
|1||Christian Craig||Yamaha YZ250F||26|
|2||Seth Hammaker||Kawasaki KX250||23|
|3||Hunter Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||21|
|4||Garrett Marchbanks||Yamaha YZ250F||19|
|5||Vince Friese||Honda CRF250R||18|
|6||Michael Mosiman||GASGAS MC 250F||17|
|7||Jo Shimoda||Kawasaki KX250||16|
|8||Robbie Wageman||Yamaha YZ250F||15|
|9||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||14|
|10||Carson Mumford||Suzuki RM-Z250||13|
|11||Chris Blose||GASGAS MC 250F||12|
|12||Nate Thrasher||Yamaha YZ250F||11|
|13||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||10|
|14||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||9|
|15||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||8|
|16||Ryan Surratt||Yamaha YZ250F||7|
|17||Dylan Walsh||Kawasaki KX250||6|
|18||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX250||5|
|19||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||4|
|20||Kaeden Amerine||KTM 250 SX-F||3|
|21||Derek Kelley||KTM 250 SX-F||2|
|22||Devin Harriman||KTM 250 SX-F||1|