Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac claimed the overall win inside AT&T Stadium at Round 8 of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.
The win marked Tomac’s sixth Triple Crown victory in the unique event schedule that lines up the top riders for three separate races to determine the overall finishing positions. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson won the final race of the night to earn second overall, and Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb rounded out the podium in a wild night of intense racing and dramatic moments.
The 450SX Class started off with a wild and dramatic Race 1. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin got into the lead early but Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Malcolm Stewart quickly took over up front with Jason Anderson on his tail.
Webb was back several spots while Tomac was slicing through the pack after a bad start. Late in the 12-mintue plus one lap race, with only two and a half minutes on the race clock, Anderson put a hard contact pass on Stewart and both riders hit the Texas dirt. The incident put Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia in the front spot, Webb close behind, and Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton just out of reach of the two. On the final lap Webb pushed past Barcia under the track’s bridge jump. Webb took the win, Barcia grabbed second, and Tomac’s charge gave him the final podium spot in the first of the three races.
Chase Sexton took the early lead in Race 2 ahead of Anderson and Tomac. Webb quickly turned a mid-pack start into a top four spot and the race was on. Tomac passed Anderson twice with Anderson dramatically passing him immediately back, reminiscent of their Anaheim 3 battle. At the race’s midpoint Anderson took over lead from Sexton. Two and a half minutes later Tomac was also around Sexton. The Honda rider fought off Webb’s pressure to hold the spot through the final laps. The results put Tomac and Webb tied with five points and Anderson and Sexton tied with seven points going into Race 3.
At the final gate drop of the night, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WPS KTM’s Shane McElrath took the point spot early with Tomac and Anderson on his fender. Webb ran into trouble and was way back in the first corner while Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Musquin were involved
in a first turn crash. Less than a minute into the race Tomac moved to the front; Anderson pushed past McElrath soon after. Malcolm Stewart got into third a few laps later but was ten seconds back. The gap allowed some games as Tomac slowed to block Anderson’s pass attempts. With just under five and a half minutes on the clock Anderson made the move into first. Tomac held close but never got by. Stewart held third as Webb closed in but had to settle for fourth.
The overall went to Tomac, his sixth Triple Crown event win.
“It was a night of consistency to win the overall,” Tomac said. “In that first race, it was a big fight back to a podium spot, and I was just charging. Then in the second one, I had a really good battle with Jason (Anderson). We passed each other multiple times, and I ended up finishing second. I took some good momentum into race three, so I knew where we were at and what needed to be done. I had a really good start and felt like I pretty much had the holeshot, but not quite. Then I tried to push and kept going, but Jason got by me. At that point, I was like, ‘I’m going to try and lock on to his rear wheel and maybe try and make a move later on in the race,’ but didn’t quite make it happen. Overall though, it was a good night for us with another win and some more points in the championship.”
Anderson’s second overall puts him now three points back in the title chase.
“All-in-all it was a good night for us as a team, I won two of the three main events and came away with second overall,” Anderson said. “I’m happy with the momentum we have right now and I think we’re in a really good place as far as the bike goes. My results have been great lately but, my focus is still on taking it one race at a time and staying on my toes because this 450SX class is stacked with talented riders that all want to win.”
Webb earned third overall for the night, Sexton finished fourth, and Stewart rounded out the top five and sits in third place in the title points.
I felt really good in that last Main Event, I feel like we made some great bike changes for it and that’s what we live for – to go into the last one tied,” Webb said. “We all got bunched up in the first turn and unfortunately ended up going down, but I charged really hard, which I’m happy with. Today I was in the fight and I got my first [Triple Crown Main Event] win but overall, I’m bummed – I felt like I had it tonight and really wanted to go win, so we’ll work hard this week and we’ll keep fighting.”
250 East Coast
The 250SX Class Race 1 was a thriller. After holeshotting, Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence fell in the second corner and dropped to the back of the pack. Jett put on an inspired and aggressive charge through the remainder of the race, passing up to the rear wheel of third place finisher Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire. Upfront, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner ran in third for the first four minutes of the 10-minutes plus one lap Race.
He moved past his teammate McAdoo then both Kawasaki racers got around race leader Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Stilez Robertson. Forkner took the win with McAdoo second, Hampshire third, and Lawrence fourth. In Race 2 Lawrence was again upfront at the start and wasted little time taking over the lead and checking out. Behind him, Robertson held second with Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin and Kawasaki racers Forkner and McAdoo right behind. In a repeat of Race 1, Forkner and
McAdoo passed Robertson nearly together. This time McAdoo finished ahead of his teammate. Lawrence’s win put him in a three-way tie with McAdoo and Forkner going into the final race.
250SX Class Race 3 was another for the record books. Lawrence slid out in the first turn and began the race in last place for the second time of the night. Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha’s Jace Owen grabbed the lead ahead of Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown, McAdoo, and Martin. Forkner was just inside the top ten as Lawrence started picking off riders from the back. Just past the midpoint, McAdoo held an uncontested lead and Brown had second place locked down. Forkner reached third with Lawrence unbelievably right behind.
Lawrence was on a mission, bouncing wildly through the whoops and past Forkner. On the next section Lawrence tagged a Tuffblox on the face of the finish line jump. It sent him across the track and he and Forkner collided in mid-air. Forkner was out and Lawrence ended the final race in tenth. McAdoo won the race and the overall. It moved him into a points tie with Lawrence after two rounds in the division.
“It was a crazy night of racing and we all know these triple crowns are gnarly,” said McAdoo. “Three riders going into the final race tied for the win made it an intense race. I picked the same gate each time and had good starts, which helps when it comes to these events. The track was tough, but I enjoyed the feeling on the bike. Everything felt great and I’m looking forward to going back to where I got my first win next week in Daytona.”
Jeremy Martin’s never-quit attitude was rewarded with second on the podium.
“It was a bit of a rough day, to be honest,” Martin said. “I think I was ninth in the first free practice, but I kept getting better every session. The team worked very hard, and I let them take the lead on some stuff with suspension, and it really paid off tonight. I got off to a decent start in the first race of the triple crown, but I had nowhere to go when a rider went down in front of me, and I had to make my way from last to ninth. The second one was better, and I finished second, just behind Jett (Lawrence). In the third race, I was ready to see what we could do to finish out the night. I went to make a pass and hit the guy in front of me and went down in front of the mechanics’ area. I got back up and kept pushing and was able to make it to third in that race for second overall. It feels good to get on the podium. We’ll keep working on getting to the top spot.”
The series heads to Daytona International Speedway for Round 9 of 450SX Class racing and Round 3 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class championship. The Florida event marks the first of two speedway venues of 2022.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
4. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
5. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
7. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
9. Shane McElrath, Oakland, Fla., KTM
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (177)
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (171)
3. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (149)
4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (147)
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (145)
6. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (142)
7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (128)
8. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (118)
9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (117)
10. Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM (97)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
2. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha
3. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
4. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
5. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
6. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha
7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda
9. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha
10. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (47)
2. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (47)
3. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (42)
4. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (39)
5. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha (32)
6. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (29)
7. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (28)
8. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (28)
9. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha (27)
10. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (25)