San Diego Tightens the Points Battle in Both Classes of AMA Supercross

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Petco Park, San Diego, CA — January 22, 2022 

Last week it was 2018 Supercross champion Jason Anderson, who had gone nearly four years since his last victory, winning the 450SX Class race in Oakland. He was followed by Aaron Plessinger in second and Justin Barcia finishing in third for the second consecutive week. California native Christian Craig earned his second straight Western Regional 250SX Class win.

This week it’s Round 3 of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series from Petco Park in San Diego. Who will respond and carve out a win this week and can Justin Barcia continue his streak of podium finishes?

San Diego Track Map / Graphic Courtesy of Feld Entertainment Inc.

250 SX

Hunter Lawrence(96) entered the night as the 2nd fastest qualifier in the 250SX class. But it was Carson Mumford(43) who sprinted out to the early lead in Heat #1. Lawrence tracked him down and made the move into the top spot on Lap 2. The top three finishers, Lawrence, Garrett Marchbanks(35), and Chris Blose(66) knocked Mumford down to 4th at the checkered flag.

Heat #2, top qualifier and two-time heat and main event winner in 2022, Christian Craig(28) trailed Vince Friese(62) briefly. Craig took the lead before the pair crossed the finish line jump at the end of Lap 1 and held it to keep his unbeaten streak alive heading into the main event of Round 3 for the 250SX West Division riders.

Michael Mosiman(29) finished 2nd with Friese in 3rd.

250 SX Main Event

Christan Craig will not make it three-in-a-row. Hunter Lawrence created a huge crash in the first turn as he cut hard into the corner. Craig, Marchbanks, and Joe Shimoda(30), three contenders for the race win, were all involved and on the ground just out of the gate. Craig got back on the bike but was dead last on the field.

Mosiman was fast out of the gate and Lawrence avoided the mess behind him to move into 2nd place as the pair sped away from the rest of the pack. Gaining time every trip through the whoops, Lawrence closed to the rear tire of Mosiman but dropped his bike out of a corner and hit the dirt.

Lawrence was quickly up and narrowed the gap again but ran out of time to get close enough for another shot at the win. Remarkably, Craig knifed his way through the pack and caught Friese who was running in third. Friese tried to preserve his podium position running Craig high and trapping him in a corner. Craig remained calm and easily got by after setting up to make the pass on a straight section of the track. Claiming the final spot on the podium allowed Craig to retain the points lead in the 250SX West Division.

Michael Mosiman Takes the Checkered Flag at San Diego / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment inc

Shimoda rebounded to finish 5th, Marchbanks had to withdraw with damage to his machine.

250 SX Main Event Results

Position # Rider Hometown Bike Points
1 29 Michael Mosiman Minneaola, FL GASGAS MC 250F 26
2 96 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL Honda CRF250R 23
3 28 Christian Craig Temecula, CA Yamaha YZ250F 21
4 62 Vince Friese Menifee, CA Honda CRF250R 19
5 30 Jo Shimoda Menifee, CA Kawasaki KX250 18
6 43 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA Suzuki RM-Z250 17
7 31 Jalek Swoll Clermont, FL Husqvarna FC 250 16
8 49 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN Yamaha YZ250F 15
9 161 Cole Thompson Brigden, ON Yamaha YZ250F 14
10 910 Carson Brown Ravensdale, WA KTM 250 SX-F 13
11 101 Dylan Walsh Southam, GB Kawasaki KX250 12
12 74 Derek Kelley Riverside, CA KTM 250 SX-F 11
13 66 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ GASGAS MC 250F 10
14 69 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA Yamaha YZ250F 9
15 58 Ryan Surratt Corona, CA Yamaha YZ250F 8
16 216 Devin Harriman Longview, WA KTM 250 SX-F 7
17 40 Dilan Schwartz Alpine, CA Suzuki RM-Z250 6
18 260 Dylan Woodcock Rayleigh, ENG Husqvarna FC 250 5
19 388 Brandon Ray Fremont, CA Kawasaki KX250 4
20 432 Kaeden Amerine Great Bend, KS KTM 250 SX-F 3
21 55 Justin Rodbell Prince Frederick, MD Kawasaki KX250 2
22 35 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT Yamaha YZ250F 1

250 SX West Point Standings

Position # Rider Points
 1 28 Christian Craig 73
 2 96 Hunter Lawrence 67
 3 29 Michael Mosiman 62
 4 62 Vince Friese 54
 5 30 Jo Shimoda 50
 6 47 Seth Hammaker 44
 7 49 Nate Thrasher 44
 8 43 Carson Mumford 39
 9 69 Robbie Wageman 37
 10 66 Chris Blose 36
 11 35 Garrett Marchbanks 35
 12 161 Cole Thompson 34
 13 40 Dilan Schwartz 26
 14 910 Carson Brown 23
 15 58 Ryan Surratt 22
 16 101 Dylan Walsh 18
 17 98 Dominique Thury 17
 18 31 Jalek Swoll 16
 19 216 Devin Harriman 16
 20 74 Derek Kelley 13
 21 67 Logan Karnow 11
 22 64 Mitchell Harrison 10
 23 260 Dylan Woodcock 9
 24 79 Hunter Schlosser 9
 25 432 Kaeden Amerine 6

 

450 SX

Anaheim winner Ken Roczen(25) earned the holeshot in Heat #1 of the 450SX class. However, defending champion Cooper Webb(1) passed him just out of the 1st corner. Roczen fell back into a side-by-side battle with Marvin Musquin(25) until settling into the 3rd position with the Top 3 easily outdistancing the remainder of the field.

Joey Savatgy(17) went down in the 1st turn of Heat #2 and Aaron Plessinger(7) ran into the down rider with both getting tangled under their bikes. Track stewards were able to separate the pair and Plessinger was able to continue. Savatgy was forced to retire and pushed his bike back to the paddock area.

Adam Cianciarulo(9) tweaked his knee during qualifying. He was able to make it to the starting gate but chose to withdraw early in the moto as the pain was too much to handle.

Last week’s winner Jason Anderson(21) took the checkered flag ahead of Eli Tomac(3) and Justin Barcia who battled it out for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Plessinger was able to fight back into 9th avoiding the Last Chance Qualifier.

Neither Savatgy nor Cianciarulo were able to make it to the starting gate for the 450SX LCQ.

450 SX Main Event

Out of the starting gate, Musquin and Chase Sexton(23) were in the lead around the 1st corner, followed by Tomac, Roczen, and Webb. For Tomac, it was his best start so far this season, without having to work from far back in the pack will the fan-favorite be able to grab his first win of the year?

Three minutes in Sexton passed Musquin for the lead, 30 seconds later Tomac followed him into 2nd. Webb had moved into 4th as the front of the field was tightly packed. Musquin ran off the course and lost several positions. With 13 minutes left Sexton continued to lead followed by Tomac, Roczen, last week’s winner Anderson, and defending champion Webb.

Current Championship leader, Justin Barcia got tangled up with Justin Bogle(19) and dropped out of the Top 10. Sexton grew his lead to five seconds over Tomac at the halfway mark of the moto. Anderson continued his charge to the front and passed Tomac for the 2nd spot until developing a mechanical problem with his bike and began dropping back into the pack.

With four minutes to go, Sexton had stretched the lead to eight seconds over Tomac. Dylan Ferrandis(14) had moved up to 3rd, with Webb and Malcolm Stewart(27) rounding out the Top 5.

Sexton, the 22-year old big bike rookie, held on for his first win in the 450SX class despite a couple of bobbles on the final two laps. Tomac and Ferrandis secured their podium positions with Webb and Stewart following. Aaron Plessinger recovered from his difficulties in the Heat race to finish 6th with Roczen in 7th.

Chase Sexton Dominates the 450SX Class at San Diego / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc

Barcia dropped out of the points lead with his 8th place finish, Anderson nursed his injured bike into 9th, with Musquin finishing 10th.

After three races, just 14 points separate the Top 10 riders. Making it the closest competition ever in the 450SX class to that point in the season. With his 2nd place finish, Eli Tomac is the new points leader, and only two points separate 1st to 4th in the standings.

450 SX Main Event Results

Position # Rider Hometown Bike
 1 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE
 2 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO Yamaha YZ450F
 3 14 Dylan Ferrandis Tallahassee, FL Yamaha YZ450F
 4 1 Cooper Webb Newport, NC KTM 450 SX-F FE
 5 27 Malcolm Stewart Murrieta, CA Husqvarna FC 450 RE
 6 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH KTM 450 SX-F FE
 7 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE
 8 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL GASGAS MC 450F
 9 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM Kawasaki KX450SR
 10 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA KTM 450 SX-F FE
 11 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC Honda CRF450R
 12 34 Max Anstie Wesley Chapel, FL KTM 450 SX-F
 13 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL KTM 450 SX-F FE
 14 15 Dean Wilson Murrieta, CA Husqvarna FC 450 RE
 15 41 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ Suzuki RM-Z450
 16 54 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX Honda CRF450R
 17 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL Yamaha YZ450F
 18 751 Josh Hill Huntersville, NC KTM 450 SX-F
 19 200 Ryan Breece Athol, ID Yamaha YZ450F
 20 26 Alex Martin Clermont, FL Yamaha YZ450F
 21 19 Justin Bogle Wesley Chapel, FL Suzuki RM-Z450
 22 61 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC KTM 450 SX-F

450 SX Points Standings

Position # Rider Points
1 3 Eli Tomac 59
2 23 Chase Sexton 58
3 1 Cooper Webb 58
4 51 Justin Barcia 57
5 7 Aaron Plessinger 54
6 21 Jason Anderson 53
7 94 Ken Roczen 52
8 27 Malcolm Stewart 52
9 25 Marvin Musquin 47
10 14 Dylan Ferrandis 45
11 15 Dean Wilson 33
12 34 Max Anstie 28
13 17 Joey Savatgy 27
14 12 Shane McElrath 24
15 9 Adam Cianciarulo 23
16 10 Justin Brayton 22
17 41 Brandon Hartranft 21
18 54 Mitchell Oldenburg 15
19 11 Kyle Chisholm 11
20 26 Alex Martin 9
21 751 Josh Hill 8
22 95 Justin Starling 6
23 200 Ryan Breece 5
24 78 Cade Clason 4
25 61 Fredrik Noren 4

 

Next week it’s back to Anaheim for Round 4.