State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ — February 5, 2022
This week the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series ventures out of the state of California for the first time in 2022 with a stop at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The venue is a facility built preliminary for football instead of the baseball park layouts of the first four rounds. It is also the first triple-crown event of the season.
The triple-crown format takes the results from three main event motos and the rider with the best average finish is declared the overall winner on the night. The championship points are awarded based on the results of those average finishing positions.
Storylines include four different winners so far in the first four rounds of the 450SX class and will Christian Craig continue his domination of the 250SX West competition? The track at Glendale is sure to provide fireworks right from the drop of the gate as riders face a long sprint into a big sweeping left-hand turn. The almost stadium-length straight-a-way doubles as a potential passing lane into a tight right-hander just before the finish line.
250 SX Main Event 1
Hunter Lawrence(96) was the 250SX class fastest qualifier, not a big surprise, as Hunter is second in the season-long points standings. What was a surprise was that Christian Craig(28) came in third in qualifying. Christian was bested by Nate Thrasher(49)
Vince Friese(62) earned the holeshot at the start of Moto #1, but Craig powered to the front right away and began to put space between himself and the rest of the field. By the time Lawrence got around Friese for the second spot, he trailed the leader by six seconds.
Michael Mosiman(29), third in the points standings coming into Glendale, was slow out of the gate and mired back in the pack into the opening turn. Mosiman hit Carson Brown(910) and went over the handlebar of his GASGAS MC 250F getting trapped under the bike. By the time he untangled himself, Mosiman was last on the field.
Craig, Lawrence, and Friese finished one, two, three, Mosiman recovered to finish in 10th. He will have to improve his finishing position in the next two events to avoid dropping down in the points.
250 SX Main Event 2
Again it was Friese, Craig, and Lawrence one-two-three at the start. Just like the first race, Craig passed quickly. However, in the sand section, Friese took the same groove as Craig and ran into the leader taking both riders down. Craig tumbled far off the track and was in last place by the time he climbed back on his Yamaha YZ250F.
Mosiman, taking advantage of the situation, was intent on making up for his difficulties in the first moto. Michael rode to the rear wheel of the leader Lawrence, but could not make the pass over the final two laps. Joe Shimoda finished third.
Craig recovered to finish in fourth, taking some revenge by bumping Friese as he passed mid-race.
250 SX Main Event 3
Hunter Lawrence sits atop the leaderboard for the combined average finish heading into the third moto. Craig is second and can still claim the triple crown title with a win and a third-place finish by Lawrence.
Craig avoided a repeat of the first two races by taking the lead right out of the gate. Friese held second over Lawrence for the first lap and Lawrence had to worry about Joe Shimoda right on his rear tire.
Lawrence made quick work of Friese who fell into a battle with Shimoda that allowed Hunter to pull away and lock into the second position. Even with Craig running away out front all Lawrence had to do was hold that second position against any challenges.
He did as Moto #3 finished Craig, Lawrence, and Shimoda to give Hunter Lawrence his first win of the year and just the second of his Supercross career.
250 SX Triple Cross Combined Results
|1||96||Hunter Lawrence||Wesley Chapel, FL||Honda CRF250R||2||1||2||26|
|2||28||Christian Craig||Temecula, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||1||4||1||23|
|3||30||Jo Shimoda||Menifee, CA||Kawasaki KX250||5||3||3||21|
|4||35||Garrett Marchbanks||Coalville, UT||Yamaha YZ250F||4||6||6||19|
|5||62||Vince Friese||Menifee, CA||Honda CRF250R||3||10||4||18|
|6||31||Jalek Swoll||Clermont, FL||Husqvarna FC 250||6||5||7||17|
|7||49||Nate Thrasher||Livingston, TN||Yamaha YZ250F||8||7||5||16|
|8||910||Carson Brown||Ravensdale, WA||KTM 250 SX-F||9||9||8||15|
|9||29||Michael Mosiman||Minneaola, FL||GASGAS MC 250F||10||2||15||14|
|10||69||Robbie Wageman||Newhall, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||15||8||10||13|
|11||74||Derek Kelley||Riverside, CA||KTM 250 SX-F||7||19||9||12|
|12||101||Dylan Walsh||Southam, GB||Kawasaki KX250||13||11||11||11|
|13||64||Mitchell Harrison||Leesburg, FL||GASGAS MC 250F||12||13||12||10|
|14||66||Chris Blose||Phoenix, AZ||GASGAS MC 250F||14||15||14||9|
|15||97||Jerry Robin||Hamel, MN||GASGAS MC 250F||17||14||13||8|
|16||98||Dominique Thury||Schneeberg, GER||Yamaha YZ250F||16||12||20||7|
|17||67||Logan Karnow||Amherst, OH||Kawasaki KX250||18||16||16||6|
|18||161||Cole Thompson||Brigden, ON||Yamaha YZ250F||11||20||21||5|
|19||914||Geran Stapleton||Clyde North, VIC||GASGAS MC 250F||19||17||17||4|
|20||181||Wyatt Lyonsmith||Boise, ID||Kawasaki KX250||21||18||19||3|
|21||503||Mcclellan Hile||Atascadero, CA||Honda CRF250R||20||21||18||2|
|22||43||Carson Mumford||Simi Valley, CA||Suzuki RM-Z250||22||22||22||1|
250 SX West Points Standings
450 SX Main Event 1
Dylan Ferrandis(14) posted the fastest qualifying time in the 450SX Class, followed by Eli Tomac(3), and Jason Anderson(21). But it was Tomac, Anderson, and Ken Roczen(94) as the first three riders across the holeshot line.
In the first half of the race, Tomac dominated and steadily pulled away. Roczen moved to second, as Anderson and Malcolm Stewart(27) battled for third and fourth.
Anderson, riding hard, had put Roczen down on the track while making passes the last two weeks. This time he managed to get around without a collision and with a clear track out front closed the interval on Tomac. However, the interval was too large and Tomac took the checkered flag followed by Anderson and Stewart. Roczen held on for fourth, ahead of Marvin Musquin(25) in fifth.
Two notable riders finished outside the Top 10, Chase Sexton in 11th and Aaron Plessinger(7), coming back from a nasty crash last week, in 12th.
450 SX Main Event 2
Current points leader Eli Tomac, looking to build his advantage in the championship standings blew the field away again in moto 2. Jason Anderson, trying to stay in touch with Tomac, was second with last year’s champion Cooper Webb(1) running third at the start.
Anderson made a huge mistake at the five-minute mark of the race. Exiting a corner too wide, Jason got off track and hit a tuff block. His bike came down on top of another of the lane markers and he had a difficult time getting his Kawasaki KX450SR free. It was a costly error as Anderson could only manage a 12th place finish.
Malcolm Stewart finished second and Chase Sexton(23) took the third position.
450 SX Main Event 3
Eli Tomac can win the combined title with a fourth-place finish in Moto #3 regardless of what any other rider does. That is exactly the position Tomac found himself in after the gate drop. Quickly moving into third, behind Chase Sexton and Malcolm Stewart, Tomac could bide his time, not take any unnecessary chances, and pad his lead in the points standings.
Tomac passed Stewart, who was his closest competitor in the overall combined. However, it was Jason Anderson making the big moves passing both riders to secure the second position.
Anderson could not catch Sexton who recorded the Moto win. Tomac locked up the overall triple crown win with his third-place finish, giving Eli his second consecutive victory and growing his margin in the points.
450 SX Triple Cross Combined Results
|1||3||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||Yamaha YZ450F||1||1||3||26|
|2||27||Malcolm Stewart||Murrieta, CA||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||3||2||4||23|
|3||23||Chase Sexton||Clermont, FL||Honda CRF450R WE||11||3||1||21|
|4||21||Jason Anderson||Rio Rancho, NM||Kawasaki KX450SR||2||12||2||19|
|5||94||Ken Roczen||Clermont, FL||Honda CRF450R WE||4||6||7||18|
|6||51||Justin Barcia||Greenville, FL||GASGAS MC 450F||6||7||6||17|
|7||25||Marvin Musquin||Corona, CA||KTM 450 SX-F FE||5||4||11||16|
|8||1||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||KTM 450 SX-F FE||8||8||5||15|
|9||15||Dean Wilson||Murrieta, CA||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||9||9||9||14|
|10||12||Shane McElrath||Oakland, FL||KTM 450 SX-F FE||10||11||8||13|
|11||7||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||KTM 450 SX-F FE||12||10||10||12|
|12||14||Dylan Ferrandis||Tallahassee, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||7||5||22||11|
|13||54||Mitchell Oldenburg||Aledo, TX||Honda CRF450R||13||14||15||10|
|14||10||Justin Brayton||Charlotte, NC||Honda CRF450R||18||13||12||9|
|15||41||Brandon Hartranft||Brick, NJ||Suzuki RM-Z450||17||17||13||8|
|16||19||Justin Bogle||Wesley Chapel, FL||Suzuki RM-Z450||19||16||14||7|
|17||11||Kyle Chisholm||Valrico, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||15||15||20||6|
|18||26||Alex Martin||Clermont, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||14||19||18||5|
|19||34||Max Anstie||Wesley Chapel, FL||KTM 450 SX-F||20||18||16||4|
|20||200||Ryan Breece||Athol, ID||Yamaha YZ450F||16||21||17||3|
|21||78||Cade Clason||Chesterfield, SC||Honda CRF450R||21||22||19||2|
|22||61||Fredrik Noren||Indian Trail, NC||KTM 450 SX-F||22||20||21||1|
450 SX Points Standings
Next week the West Coast opening rounds conclude with a third visit to Anaheim.