Jason Anderson grabbed his third win of the season at Round 7 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship at Minneapolis while Aussie Jett Lawrence took the win and the early points lead in what looks to be a very competitive Eastern Regional 250SX class.
The top finish inside the domed U.S. Bank Stadium stadium closed Anderson to within three points of the championship points lead. Cooper Webb crossed the finish line in second, earning his second podium of the season with Marvin Musquin taking third place and Musquin’s first 2022 podium.
When the gate dropped for the 450SX Class Main Event defending champion Cooper Webb pulled the Holeshot and jumped out into the early lead. Within three corners Chase Sexton moved into second and right onto Webb’s rear fender. With Anderson right on Sexton’s tail, the three quickly pulled a slight gap on the rest of the field. In the opening minute of racing Eli Tomac, the current points leader, tangled with his teammate Dylan Ferrandis and set his bike down on the face of a triple jump. The minor crash dropped Tomac to last place.
With just over five minutes off the race clock in the 20-minute plus one lap Main Event, Sexton muscled his way around Webb and sealed the pass with a strong drive through the whoops. But the top-three rider breakaway didn’t extend its gap on the field. Instead, Malcolm Stewart charged up from fourth place and re-established contact as Anderson pressured Webb for second. When Anderson and Stewart got past Webb in quick succession, Webb’s teammate Musquin had the defending champ in his sights. In another flip of the traditional script, Webb mounted a charge on Stewart, who slid out in a flat corner with just under three minutes left on the race clock.
Just when the finishing order looked settled, Sexton’s front wheel tucked and torqued the bike to a quick stop on a jump face. The bike flung Sexton into the air. The crash warped the bike’s front wheel and the impact took Sexton out of the race in spite of trying to remount the machine. The Monster Energy Supercross flames signalled Anderson’s third win of the season. Webb took second place and Musquin tallied his first 2022 podium. Tomac’s speed allowed him to recover to a sixth-place finish to hold onto the championship points lead.
“The track broke down a lot by the Main Event tonight but, that’s something we kind of expect with some of the East Coast tracks,” Anderson said. “I’ve been doing my best to prepare for it while practising in California by riding with the Pro Circuit team every Thursday to sort of simulate race conditions. That helped tonight but, this was still a tough track for pushing the pace, and you kind of just had to let the race come to you. It’s awesome to have three wins already in the season but, we will keep taking it one race at a time as we go forward from here.”
Crossing the finish in second, Cooper Webb secured his second podium finish of the season with a solid performance,
“It’s nice to be back up here and back in the fight – a chance at running up front again,” Webb said. “I have to give it up to the team, they found some good stuff this week. I’m still not where I want to be but it was a great night – we got a holeshot, led laps and a few crashes put me into second but I’ll take it. It’s been a rough start to the season and there’s light at the end of the tunnel, so we’ll take it.”
Marvin Musquin was able to step into the final podium position with one lap to go and he brought it home to secure his first podium of the season.
“These podiums don’t come easy this year so I want to enjoy it, even though I’m a little bit disappointed because I was right there and I lost some ground at some point,” Musquin said. “It took me a while to figure out what to do in the whoops and I was faster on the rest of the track. It doesn’t feel like I got third with the way the race went but this is racing and the competition is tough, so third tonight is great.”
Eastern Regional 250SX class
There were opening round jitters and anticipation as the Eastern Regional 250SX Class kicked off in Minneapolis. Austin Forkner jumped into the lead at the Holeshot stripe with Jett Lawrence quickly into the second spot ahead of Forkner’s teammate Cameron McAdoo. Lawrence put an aggressive inside-line pass on Forkner less than a minute after the gate drop then rode a smooth and effortless-looking race to the first checkered flag of Eastern Regional 250SX Class competition.
Forkner held second place to the end, and McAdoo grabbed third after fending off a mid-race challenge by Jeremy Martin. RJ Hampshire rounded out the top five after closing on Martin but ran out of time for a pass attempt.
“Today was a great day of racing,” Lawrence enthused. “I had so much fun being out here and riding; the bike was awesome, and the track was actually a lot of fun. In practice, I just took my time and tried to not do anything crazy. I got a decent start in the heat race but got caught up a bit in the first turn, so I had to make some good passes to get second in that. For the main event, I just put myself in a really good spot to get the win, and it all came together. Overall, it was a good day and I’m super pumped; hopefully, we can do the same at the rest of the rounds.”
Austin Forkner’s second place was a good start to the season after he also claimed the first pole position of the year with a fast time.
“A podium finish is always a nice way to start the season,” Forkner said. “I was the fastest qualifier in the timed sessions and had a decent heat race. I grabbed the holeshot in the Main Event, I’ve been focused on making sure my starts are on point this year, so I was happy with that, and I just tried to focus on putting together clean laps. There weren’t many obstacles to separate the front guys on this track, so it came down to minimizing mistakes. My laps were consistent and I’m glad to have come away with a second, we are still right there in the points.”
Third place was also a good start for Cameron McAdoo and he was happy also get through the first round on the podium.
“With the short lap times, we had to do a lot of laps on a technical track tonight, so I did my best to lock-in,” McAdoo said. “When competing against a class as stacked as this 250SX East championship, it was important for me to just focus on hitting my marks and execute each lap. I’m happy to get through the opening round with a podium and I feel confident heading into Arlington next weekend.”
Next Saturday the Supercross series makes its first 2022 visit to Texas with the second of three Triple Crown Events set for February 26th inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
450SX Class Results
1 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
2 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
3 Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
4 Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
5 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
6 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
7 Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM
8 Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
9 Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
10 Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (151)
2 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (148)
3 Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (131)
4 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (128)
5 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (126)
6 Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (123)
7 Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (119)
8 Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (107)
9 Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (102)
10 Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM (97)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1 Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
2 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
3 Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
4 Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha
5 RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna
6 Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
7 Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna
8 Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha
9 Levi Kitchen, Washougal Wash., Yamaha
10 Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1 Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (26)
2 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (23)
3 Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (21)
4 Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (19)
5 RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (18)
6 Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (17)
7 Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (16)
8 Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha (15)
9 Levi Kitchen, Washougal Wash., Yamaha (14)
10 Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha (13)