Lumen Field, Seattle, WA — March 26, 2022
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series returns to the West Coast this week with the 250SX West riders taking to the track at Lumen Field in Seattle. Then the series takes a break for a week before resuming with the East riders on April 9th in St. Louis.
On April 16th both divisions come together for an East/West Showdown at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That should prove to be interesting as the Lawrence brothers (Jett and Hunter) face off against each other. Jett Lawrence earned his third consecutive and fourth overall win of the season in Indianapolis last weekend.
Eli Tomac looks to extend his win streak to five races in the 450SX Class where he currently leads the points standings. Tomac would move into a tie for fourth on the all-time wins list with Chad Reed (44 career wins) with a victory.
The Western Regional 250SX Class points race featuring Michael Mosiman (-28) and Jett’s brother Hunter Lawrence (-29) chasing points leader Christian Craig will be almost over if Craig captures his fifth win of the year at Seattle.
Dominique Thury(98) got off to a fast start in Heat One of the 250 SX West motos and fought off Hunter Lawrence(96) on the opening lap. Christian Craig(28) did not start well, but he blasted through the pack and passed both riders in one section of the track.
Lawrence finally got around Thury but could not reel in the leader. Craig kept his season-long Heat win streak alive as he continues to dominate the class.
In Heat Two, Vince Friese(62) earned the holeshot and was able to hold the lead while a number of riders jockeyed for position behind him. Nate Thrasher(49) separated himself from Joe Shimoda(30) and Michael Mosiman(29) to run down the leader. However, Friese held on for his first career heat win, edging Thrasher by 15/100’s of a second at the finish line.
250SX West Main Event
Christian Craig took the holeshot and that translated into an early lead that only Michael Mosiman could hang with. Mosiman put pressure on the West division points leader and the two collided early on one of the track’s sweeping corners. Craig went down and Mosiman took the lead.
Craig was quickly up and back on his bike but he still dropped to sixth place as a result of the crash. Hunter Lawrence, seeing what had happened at the front of the pack, took advantage of the situation and quickly overtook Mosiman for the top spot.
Just past the halfway point of the timed portion of the race, Craig had worked his way back up to the front and passed Mosiman for the second spot. Setting his sights on Lawrence, Craig chipped away at the leader as lapped traffic came into play.
Ultimately, Lawrence was able to hold on for the win putting a small dent in the advantage Craig holds in the points standings.
250SX West Main Event Results
|1||96||Hunter Lawrence||Wesley Chapel, FL||Honda CRF250R||26|
|2||28||Christian Craig||Temecula, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||23|
|3||29||Michael Mosiman||Minneaola, FL||GASGAS MC 250F||21|
|4||30||Jo Shimoda||Menifee, CA||Kawasaki KX250||19|
|5||62||Vince Friese||Menifee, CA||Honda CRF250R||18|
|6||35||Garrett Marchbanks||Coalville, UT||Yamaha YZ250F||17|
|7||66||Chris Blose||Phoenix, AZ||GASGAS MC 250F||16|
|8||31||Jalek Swoll||Clermont, FL||Husqvarna FC 250||15|
|9||69||Robbie Wageman||Newhall, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||14|
|10||74||Derek Kelley||Riverside, CA||KTM 250 SX-F||13|
|11||49||Nate Thrasher||Livingston, TN||Yamaha YZ250F||12|
|12||43||Carson Mumford||Simi Valley, CA||Suzuki RM-Z250||11|
|13||910||Carson Brown||Ravensdale, WA||KTM 250 SX-F||10|
|14||98||Dominique Thury||Schneeberg, GER||Yamaha YZ250F||9|
|15||64||Mitchell Harrison||Leesburg, FL||GASGAS MC 250F||8|
|16||432||Kaeden Amerine||Great Bend, KS||KTM 250 SX-F||7|
|17||914||Geran Stapleton||Clyde North, VIC||GASGAS MC 250F||6|
|18||58||Ryan Surratt||Corona, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||5|
|19||181||Wyatt Lyonsmith||Boise, ID||Kawasaki KX250||4|
|20||167||Jesse Flock||Claremore, OK||Yamaha YZ250F||3|
|21||503||Mcclellan Hile||Atascadero, CA||Honda CRF250R||2|
|22||158||Tre Fierro||El Paso, TX||Kawasaki KX250||1|
250SX West Points Standings
Chase Sexton had a horrible crash in qualifying during the afternoon and will not compete with the 450SX riders tonight.
The incident between Justin Barcia(51) and Jason Anderson(21) last week at Indy drew the attention of AMA Officials who responded by docking Barcia three points and then they fined him $3,000 dollars for taking out Anderson early in the 450SX Main. Barcia was allowed to keep the podium position, but the penalty knocked him out of sole possession of second-place into a tie with Anderson in the points standings
Barcia responded by taking the holeshot in Heat One and leading wire-to-wire. Defending Champion Cooper Webb(1) also had a crash in qualifying, landing on his back on the concrete off track. He was dead last out of the gate at the start but was able to work his way through the field for a sixth-place finish and a spot in the Main Event.
The start of Heat Two brought the crowd to their feet. Eli Tomac(3) led to the corner but was too fast to make the turn effectively. Jason Anderson(21) stole the holeshot around the turn and then Malcolm Stewart(27) sped past into the lead. The trio stayed that way until Anderson passed for the lead with two laps to go to get the win. Tomac took the second spot away on the final lap relegating Stewart to third. Can’t wait for the feature to see how things shake out with all the contenders in the same moto.
450SX Main Event
This time on the start Eli Tomac did everything right. Fast out of the gate, first to the corner and in control on the turn to speed out with the lead. Three minutes into the feature, Tomac was a second and a half ahead of Justin Barcia. His lead over Anderson was four and a half seconds.
The intervals only grew from there as Tomac powered away from his competitors. At the 10 minute mark of the race, Barcia landed out of a jump onto a tuff block and lost control of the bike. He lost four positions by the time he could get back on his GASGAS MC 450F and resume racing.
Out front, Tomac cruised out to a 15-second advantage over Justin Anderson, with Marvin Musquin(25) in third place. They finished in that order with Tomac getting his fifth victory in a row. The victory increased Tomac’s already commanding lead over Anderson to 54 points, the equivalent of a two-race margin.
450SX Main Event Results
|1||3||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||Yamaha YZ450F||26|
|2||21||Jason Anderson||Rio Rancho, NM||Kawasaki KX450SR||23|
|3||25||Marvin Musquin||Corona, CA||KTM 450 SX-F FE||21|
|4||27||Malcolm Stewart||Haines City, FL||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||19|
|5||51||Justin Barcia||Greenville, FL||GASGAS MC 450F||18|
|6||1||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||KTM 450 SX-F FE||17|
|7||15||Dean Wilson||Murrieta, CA||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||16|
|8||19||Justin Bogle||Wesley Chapel, FL||Suzuki RM-Z450||15|
|9||54||Mitchell Oldenburg||Aledo, TX||Honda CRF450R||14|
|10||41||Brandon Hartranft||Brick, NJ||Suzuki RM-Z450||13|
|11||11||Kyle Chisholm||Valrico, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||12|
|12||95||Justin Starling||Deland, FL||GASGAS MC 450F||11|
|13||200||Ryan Breece||Athol, ID||Yamaha YZ450F||10|
|14||26||Alex Martin||Clermont, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||9|
|15||78||Cade Clason||Chesterfield, SC||Honda CRF450R||8|
|16||57||Kevin Moranz||Topeka, KS||KTM 450 SX-F||7|
|17||61||Fredrik Noren||Indian Trail, NC||KTM 450 SX-F||6|
|18||711||Tristan Lane||Port Orange, FL||KTM 450 SX-F||5|
|19||848||Joan Cros||Manlleu, BC||Kawasaki KX450||4|
|20||72||John Short||Pilot Point, TX||Honda CRF250R||3|
|21||87||Alex Ray||Milan, TN||Honda CRF450R||2|
|22||981||Austin Politelli||Murrieta, CA||Honda CRF450R||1|
450SX Points Standings