Anaheim 3 Supercross Goes to Jason Anderson

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Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA — February 12, 2022

Monster Energy AMA Supercross wraps up their west coast residency with a third visit to Anaheim, CA. The last time the series stopped at Angel Stadium it was points leaders Eli Tomac(450SX) and Christian Craig(250SX) atop the winner’s podiums.

Anaheim 3 / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc.

Tomac dominated the Triple-Crown event last week at Glendale, AZ to extend his points lead to 11 over Chase Sexton. Hunter Lawrence eeked out the overall winner in the three 250SX motos to cut Christian Craig’s advantage to just 8 after Round 5 of the West Riders competition.

Tomac enters tonight’s event as the 2nd fastest qualifier behind Jason Anderson who is 3rd in the points standings, 15 behind Eli. Christain is again the fastest 250SX rider as he looks to maintain his season-long momentum of winning almost everything he lines up for.

250SX

Garrett Marchbanks(35) looked like he was going to run away with Heat #1 of the 250SX class until Jo Shimoda(30) made a late run. Unfortunately, Shimoda suffered an ugly crash trying to make a move to the inside of the leader and went down just before the finish line. Trapped under his bike, Shimoda was unable to get up and finish the heat. He will have to run the Last Chance Qualifier(LCQ), if he is able to make it to the starting gate, in order to qualify for the main event.

In Heat #2 Hunter Lawrence(96) lined up next to Christian Craig(28) as the top two riders in the class continue their battle for the championship lead in the West Division. Craig took the top spot early, but it was Michael Mosiman(29) running in second ahead of Lawrence in third. Prior to Marchbanks’s breakthrough in the first heat, these 3 riders have taken every heat win so far in 2022. Craig held on for the win, Lawrence was able to catch and pass Mosiman for 2nd. The top three distanced themselves by over 20 seconds from the remainder of the field.

Christian Craig and Hunter Lawrence battle at Anaheim / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc.

Jo Shimoda failed to make it to the starting gate for the 250SX LCQ, likely putting an end to his championship hopes for this year.

250SX Main Event

After a wild scramble at the start, Christian Craig led lap one with Hunter Lawrence within striking distance in second. Michael Mosiman was forced off track early and got mired back in the 16th position.

Lawrence got out of sorts in the whoops and crashed over the handlebar of his bike forcing him out of the event. Craig held a 16-second advantage over Vince Friese(62) who inherited second when Hunter went down. Mosiman recovered to get himself in a podium position and when Friese bobbled, Mosiman advanced to the second position.

Mosiman cut the interval behind Craig by a couple of seconds and then he lost it going down in almost the same position as Lawrence did. Friese moved back into second, while Mosiman recovered to settle into third.

The trio finished in that order with Craig extending his points lead to over the maximum a rider can earn in one race. Baring a serious mishap, Christian has virtually wrapped up the 250SX West Championship.

250SX Main Event Results

Position # Rider Hometown Bike Points
 1 28 Christian Craig Temecula, CA Yamaha YZ250F 26
 2 62 Vince Friese Menifee, CA Honda CRF250R 23
 3 29 Michael Mosiman Minneaola, FL GASGAS MC 250F 21
 4 35 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT Yamaha YZ250F 19
 5 910 Carson Brown Ravensdale, WA KTM 250 SX-F 18
 6 66 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ GASGAS MC 250F 17
 7 69 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA Yamaha YZ250F 16
 8 74 Derek Kelley Riverside, CA KTM 250 SX-F 15
 9 67 Logan Karnow Amherst, OH Kawasaki KX250 14
 10 58 Ryan Surratt Corona, CA Yamaha YZ250F 13
 11 432 Kaeden Amerine Great Bend, KS KTM 250 SX-F 12
 12 914 Geran Stapleton Clyde North, VIC GASGAS MC 250F 11
 13 216 Devin Harriman Longview, WA KTM 250 SX-F 10
 14 158 Tre Fierro El Paso, TX Kawasaki KX250 9
 15 98 Dominique Thury Schneeberg, GER Yamaha YZ250F 8
 16 162 Maxwell Sanford Pasadena, MD Honda CRF250R 7
 17 260 Dylan Woodcock Rayleigh, ENG Husqvarna FC 250 6
 18 96 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL Honda CRF250R 5
 19 97 Jerry Robin Hamel, MN GASGAS MC 250F 4
20 64 Mitchell Harrison Leesburg, FL GASGAS MC 250F DNF
21 49 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN Yamaha YZ250F DNF
22 31 Jalek Swoll Clermont, FL Husqvarna FC 250 DNF

250SX West Points Standings

Position # Rider Points
1 28 Christian Craig 148
2 29 Michael Mosiman 120
3 96 Hunter Lawrence 119
4 62 Vince Friese 99
5 30 Jo Shimoda 87
6 49 Nate Thrasher 81
7 69 Robbie Wageman 80
8 35 Garrett Marchbanks 73
9 910 Carson Brown 73
10 66 Chris Blose 63
11 43 Carson Mumford 55
12 74 Derek Kelley 53
13 31 Jalek Swoll 52
14 161 Cole Thompson 50
15 47 Seth Hammaker 44
16 101 Dylan Walsh 41
17 67 Logan Karnow 40
18 98 Dominique Thury 40
19 58 Ryan Surratt 35
20 64 Mitchell Harrison 33
21 40 Dilan Schwartz 26
22 216 Devin Harriman 26
23 432 Kaeden Amerine 21
24 79 Hunter Schlosser 16
25 914 Geran Stapleton 15

Next week the 250SX East Riders get their first opportunity to strut their stuff as the series moves to Minneapolis, MN. The West riders take a five-week break before they are back on the track, March 26th, in Seattle.

450SX

Justin Brayton(10) grabbed the holeshot in the 450SX Heat #1. Justin Barcia(51) was hot on his heels and made the pass quickly. Points leader Eli Tomac(3) ran back in 8th after a collision with his teammate Dylan Ferrandis(14) in the first turn caused Ferrandis to go down.

Barcia rode away for the win, Marvin Musquin(25) worked his way up to second. Tomac recovered to place third edging ahead of Brayton at the end of the heat. Ferrandis did not finish a lap and will have to rely on the LCQ to make it into the 450SX feature.

Jason Anderson(21) rocketed out of the starting gate and rode away from the field in Heat #2. Aaron Plessinger(7) took second and Chase Sexton(23) came in third.

Jason Anderson Earns the Victory at Anaheim 3 / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment

Dylan Ferrandis made it to the gate for his LCQ thanks to his crew that virtually rebuilt the bike after it suffered serious damage when he crashed out of his heat. It was the first LCQ appearance of Ferrandis’s Supercross career. After getting crowded into the first turn, Dylan avoided trouble and quickly moved to the front to separate himself from any potential difficulties. A clean ride secured Ferrandis a spot in the Main Event.

Dean Wilson(15) was also forced into the LCQ, his second-place finish behind Dylan also transferred him into the feature.

450SX Main Event

The 450SX Main gave the fans exactly what they came for as Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac staged a classic battle for the win. Out quickly and separating themselves from the rest of the field. Two minutes in Tomac made a bid for the lead but could not hold the pass as Anderson rode back by.

At the 13 minutes to-go mark, Tomac had some trouble in the whoops. He maintained control but lost a couple of seconds to the leader. The interval fluctuated as the pair rode through lapped traffic at the halfway point of the race.

Consecutive bobbles in the whoops on two consecutive laps cost Anderson some time and Tomac began to creep closer coming to the five-minute mark. Ultimately, Tomac was unable to make a late charge and safely guarded his position for second on the night. Justin Barcia finished in third.

Tomac entered the night 11 points up on Chase Sexton(23) and 15 ahead of Anderson. He left the west coast 12 points up on Anderson and 18 ahead of Sexton.

450SX Main Event Results

Position # Rider Hometown Bike Points
1 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM Kawasaki KX450SR 26
2 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO Yamaha YZ450F 23
3 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL GASGAS MC 450F 21
4 27 Malcolm Stewart Murrieta, CA Husqvarna FC 450 RE 19
5 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA KTM 450 SX-F FE 18
6 14 Dylan Ferrandis Tallahassee, FL Yamaha YZ450F 17
7 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE 16
8 1 Cooper Webb Newport, NC KTM 450 SX-F FE 15
9 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH KTM 450 SX-F FE 14
10 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC Honda CRF450R 13
11 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE 12
12 15 Dean Wilson Murrieta, CA Husqvarna FC 450 RE 11
13 34 Max Anstie Wesley Chapel, FL KTM 450 SX-F 10
14 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL KTM 450 SX-F FE 9
15 41 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ Suzuki RM-Z450 8
16 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL Yamaha YZ450F 7
17 19 Justin Bogle Wesley Chapel, FL Suzuki RM-Z450 6
18 95 Justin Starling Deland, FL GASGAS MC 450F 5
19 54 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX Honda CRF450R 4
20 57 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS KTM 450 SX-F 3
21 78 Cade Clason Chesterfield, SC Honda CRF450R 2
22 722 Adam Enticknap Lompoc, CA Suzuki RM-Z450 1

450SX Points Standings

Position # Rider Points
1 3 Eli Tomac 134
2 21 Jason Anderson 122
3 23 Chase Sexton 116
4 27 Malcolm Stewart 112
5 51 Justin Barcia 110
6 1 Cooper Webb 103
7 25 Marvin Musquin 98
8 94 Ken Roczen 92
9 14 Dylan Ferrandis 92
10 7 Aaron Plessinger 81
11 15 Dean Wilson 72
12 12 Shane McElrath 59
13 34 Max Anstie 54
14 41 Brandon Hartranft 48
15 10 Justin Brayton 46
16 54 Mitchell Oldenburg 37
17 11 Kyle Chisholm 31
18 17 Joey Savatgy 27
19 9 Adam Cianciarulo 23
20 19 Justin Bogle 23
21 26 Alex Martin 20
22 751 Josh Hill 13
23 200 Ryan Breece 12
24 95 Justin Starling 11
25 61 Fredrik Noren 9