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Eli Tomac Extends Championship Lead With Anaheim II Win

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450SX class leader Eli Tomac on his way to his his first win of 2022 and his first with Yamaha

Eli Tomac has grabbed his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross win of 2022 and extended the points lead that he held going into Round 4 at Anaheim while Christian Craig was back on the top step of the podium in the 250SX class.

Jason Anderson led early and was close at the end but settled for the runner up spot at the checkers. 450SX Class sophomore Chase Sexton backed up his career first 450SX Class win with a podium finish at the series’ second visit to Anaheim. It was an exciting Main Event in the Western Regional 250SX Class, with Christian Craig earning his third victory of the season after a race-long battle that kept the win uncertain until the end.

Ken Roczen rocketed off the gate in the 450SX Class Main Event, exiting the first corner neck and neck with Shane McElrath. Malcolm Stewart pushed into second place just 30 seconds into the race as behind him Anderson was on the move from fourth place and Tomac was pushing forward from a seventh-place start.

 Jason Anderson secured his second 450SX Class podium of the season while pressuring for the race lead throughout.

Anderson took second place from Stewart just three and a half minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race. He reeled in Roczen and made an aggressive move in the sand section where two lines came together. The riders collided in a spray of sand. Roczen’s bike flipped sideways off the track while Anderson managed to stay on two wheels. Anderson took over the lead but had Tomac charging hard to steal the top spot.

Just before the race’s midpoint Anderson took a risky triple-triple rhythm line into an elevated berm and nearly high-sided off the track. The bobble allowed Tomac to cut under. From there he held the lead until the finish. Chase Sexton kept the two riders in sight but never closed enough to challenge Anderson for the second-place spot.

“It feels great to get this win. It also feels good to get this win for everyone behind me,” Tomac said. “The team has been working so hard, and what we’ve been able to do and how we’ve been able to improve each weekend is awesome. We’ve just been inching our way forward and fine-tuning every week, so it feels so good to get everyone that result that we all work for. The track was so cool, with really technical rhythm sections, and my motorcycle was so good tonight. I could put it wherever I wanted to – inside, outside – and it was good for the distance, so that’s exciting for us.” 

Jason Anderson was happy to make what started as an off day into some valuable points.

“To come away with second tonight was solid,” Anderson said. “I felt a bit off all day and that led to a few mistakes in the heat race which set me back as far as gate pick. When it came time for the Main Event, I knew I could put it all together and fight for a win on this track. I made the most of the start and came out of the first turn about fifth. I executed a few really quick passes to get out front and was leading the race until I mistimed that triple-triple line after the finish. I was able to get the rhythm clean the rest of the race and my speed was strong throughout. It’s nice to have a podium finish tonight, I just have a few things to clean up to improve for next weekend.”

Tomac now holds a six point lead in the championship standings over Chase Sexton while Anderson moved up to third, only two points adrift of Sexton.

Western Regional 250SX Class

Christian Craig was back on the top step of the podium in the Western Regional 250SX Class, making it 3 wins from 4 starts so far this season.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Vince Friese grabbed the holeshot as the previous round winner, Michael Mosiman, jockeyed with Christian Craig for the runner up position. Jo Shimoda got past Craig momentarily in the early going, but Craig regained third place as Mosiman took over the lead spot – all within the first minute and a half of the 15-minute plus one lap race.

Craig got past Friese a few laps later and started chipping away at the gap to Mosiman. Behind them, Australian Hunter Lawrence got around Shimoda and set his sights on Friese in third. Friese took a nasty crash in the whoops that allowed Lawrence past. While getting up Friese was hit in the head by Shimoda, who also went down in the incident.

Mosiman and Craig separated from the pack with less than one second separating them for several laps. With four and half minutes on the clock, Craig made a clean move and took over the top spot. Mosiman retaliated immediately but did not get back around. One lap later Mosiman put on another pass attempt but it lost him time and put him just outside of striking distance.

“The day started out pretty good,” Craig said. “The track was tricky and slippery, but I kept the ball rolling. I qualified well and then went into the heat race, had a good start, and battled with my teammate a little bit. I had a good ride in that one and was able to take the win. In the main event, I just focused on myself and clicked off my laps. I had a good battle with another rider and ended up passing him. I’m stoked to get my third win of the season and extend my points lead. We’re going to try and keep it going and not change anything; just keep doing what I’m doing.”

After winning last week Michael Mosiman continued his good form with second this week after a good battle with winner Christian Craig. Photo: Align Media

Mosiman finished only 2.9 seconds away from the win and was satisfied with the result “I’m stoked to be here! It’s not too often that these things happen and when they do, I’m just going to enjoy it,” Mosiman said. “Such a good race with Christian, he’s riding so good – I learned a thing or two from him and I think he learned a thing or two from me. We had clean racing out there and it was an absolute blast! I’m going to enjoy it tonight and work on some things. I look forward to challenging him all year and see if we can get some more wins.”

Anaheim 2 also marked the fourth time in Monster Energy Supercross history that the first four rounds in the 450SX Class have been won by four different riders. The racers will line up for Round 5 on Saturday night inside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona race is the first of three Triple Crown events on the 2022 schedule.

Qualifying heats are replaced with a three-Main Event format for each class, leading to intense racing action with the overall tally paying title points at the end of the night.

450SX Class Results
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
2 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
3 Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
4 Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
5 Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
6 Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
7 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
8 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
9 Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
10 Shane McElrath, Oakland, Fla., KTM

450SX Class Championship Standings
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (85)
2 Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (79)
3 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (77)
4 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (73)
5 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (72)
6 Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (70)
7 Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (64)
8 Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (64)
9 Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (62)
10 Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM (55)

Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1 Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
2 Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Fla., GASGAS
3 Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
4 Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha
5 Jalek Swoll, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
6 Carson Brown, Ravensdale, Wash., KTM
7 Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
8 Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Suzuki
9 Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha
10 Derek Kelley, Riverside, Calif., KTM

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1 Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (99)
2 Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (88)
3 Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Fla., GASGAS (85)
4 Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (66)
5 Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha (63)
6 Vince Friese, Menifee, Calif., Honda (58)
7 Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Suzuki (54)
8 Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha (51)
9 Cole Thompson, Brigden, ON, Yamaha (45)
10 Seth Hammaker, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (44)

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