A second place finish at Round 15 of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series in Foxborough was enough to see Australian Jett Lawrence crowned 2022 Eastern Regional 250SX Class champion while in the 450 class Jason Anderson took the win to take the 450 championships to the next round.
At the penultimate round for the 250 class, Austin Forkner fought forward for the win but the bigger news was Lawrence finishing second to capture his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX Class Championship.
In a clutch performance in the 450 class, Jason Anderson was spectacular grabbing the win and hold onto his title hopes with only two rounds remaining in the series. Chase Sexton challenged for the lead late in the race but had to settle for second place when the checkered flag flew inside Gillette Stadium. Marvin Musquin was back on the podium with a third-place finish inside the venue where he won when the series last visited in 2018.
Cooper Webb grabbed the 450SX Class Main Event holeshot with Championship leader Eli Tomac right on his rear tire and Jason Anderson close behind Tomac. Tomac needed only to finish ahead of Anderson to wrap up his second championship. But less than two minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race, Anderson took advantage of Tomac’s battle with Webb to slice under in a corner. The block pass was not overly aggressive, but in trying to avoid contact, Tomac stalled his bike.
Tomac re-fired his bike and took pursuit from sixth place as Anderson set his sights on Webb. Four minutes into the race Anderson took hold of the lead. Sexton was past Webb shortly after while the lead group, including Tomac, remained close. Musquin, the race winner in St. Louis, took over third place. Tomac was up to fourth and looking ready to charge back to the front with fourteen minutes still on the race clock.
Tomac’s charge never came as he slowly lost touch with the lead pack and as Anderson and Sexton pulled away to a two-rider battle upfront. Sexton got close just past the race’s midpoint while Tomac lost a few more positions late in the race. Then Anderson pulled back out to a comfortable victory, his fifth of the season. It takes the championship battle to Denver where Anderson will need another strong ride, and a little luck in Tomac’s home-state race, to push his title quest to the final round.
“The track was really dry and rocky during the early parts of the day and made for some gnarly conditions in my Heat Race,” Anderson said. “Thankfully by the time the Main Event was underway, the track was starting to come around and I was able to string together a couple of solid laps to take control of the lead. With the Supercross Championship quickly coming to a close, I knew this win wasn’t going to be easy so I kept charging and defending the best I could. I’m really pumped to get another win this season, but I definitely couldn’t have done it without all the effort put in from my entire team.”
Chase Sexton made his way to Anderson’s rear fender at one point, ultimately finishing just over three seconds back in second.
“I was a little bit slow in the beginning, and then after Eli stalled it, I picked up the pace a little bit,” Sexton said. “I knew Jason [Anderson] was going to be good from watching him all day, so I knew if I wanted to win, I had to go with him. There was a part in the middle of the race where I felt like I was riding really well, and lapped riders were definitely a factor; it was just a yo-yo effect, and then obviously he broke away. My goal after Seattle – after weeks of me laying on the ground – was to get back to being on the podium. Now that I’ve done that, obviously I want to continue being on the podium, but my other goal is going for wins. I’ve been close, but Jason has been riding really well and so has Eli. It’s not easy, but I’m doing the best I possibly can. I feel like my riding and confidence are getting better every weekend, and that’s definitely going to help me heading to the outdoors. I just want to finish this season strong and go for these last two wins and have some fun. When you’re having fun, it’s easy to be comfortable and go fast. Overall, I’m happy with how I’ve been riding.”
Marvin Musquin successfully got himself back on-track for a strong finish with two rounds remaining in the 2022 championship with a fighting third place.
“I’m enjoying the riding with the new setup on the bike,” The Frenchman said. “The track was challenging but I enjoyed it. Towards the end of the season, I’ve been feeling pretty good and getting on the podium right now is huge. I had a bad start but somehow, in the first two corners, I gained some time. It was a long Main Event but I managed to be consistent and get third tonight.”
For Eli Tomac the championship is still well within his grasp with two rounds remaining, all the same, it was a tough day in the office.
“It was a tough main event,” Tomac said. “I was upfront early but stalled the bike and then I got shuffled back a little bit and ended up just kind of playing it safe. It was a tough track, one of the tougher ones that we’ve had to where the jumps and the bottom of the transitions were just really tough to ride, period. It was a track I didn’t want to take a whole lot of risk on. We’re still in a really good spot for points, and we’ll go clinch it next week in Denver.”
Eastern Regional 250SX Class
When the riders lined up for round eight of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class’ penultimate round, Jett Lawrence was in a position to wrap up the title by finishing ahead of RJ Hampshire. When the gate dropped Cullin Park jumped out into the lead and held it for over a lap before Pierce Brown took over the top spot. Lawrence had rounded the first turn mid-pack and was several positions behind Hampshire.
Brown stretched out his early lead as Hampshire moved forward from fifth place; Lawrence battled with Forkner as they sliced forward through the pack further back. With under four minutes left on the race clock, Hampshire clipped Brown’s rear wheel while closing in on the lead and Hampshire went down. Forkner and Lawrence were quickly past; both riders then reached and passed Brown in the closing laps.
The win was an emotional one for Forkner, his first since 2020, and the title was more so an emotional accomplishment for 18-year-old Australian Jett Lawrence, who takes the championship in his third year racing Supercross in the United States. Lawrence earned the number one plate through consistency as well as speed. The popular racer finished every 2022 race on the podium, including four wins.
Only two rounds remain in the 2022 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and two more championship titles are yet to be settled. The penultimate round takes place on April 30 at the Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
450SX Class Results
1 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
2 Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
3 Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
4 Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
5 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
6 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
7 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
8 Vince Friese, Menifee, Calif., Honda
9 Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha
10 Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (341 points)
2 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (298 points)
3 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (275 points)
4 Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (272 points)
5 Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (266 points)
6 Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (250 points)
7 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (244 points)
8 Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (152 points)
9 Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Suzuki (151 points)
10 Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (145 points)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
2 Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
3 Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
4 Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
5 Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha
6 RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna
7 Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha
8 Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., Husqvarna
9 Cullin Park, Clermont, Fla., Honda
10 Jace Owen, Mattoon, Ill., Yamaha
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1 Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (192 points)
2 RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (139 points)
3 Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (128 points)
4 Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda (122 points)
5 Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha (116 points)
6 Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (114 points)
7 Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (104 points)
8 Jace Owen, Mattoon, Ill., Yamaha (90 points)
9 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (81 points)
10 Derek Drake, Lake Elsinore, Caif., Suzuki (79 points)