Eli Tomac Wraps Up the 2022 Supercross 450SX Championship

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Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO — April 30, 2022

It’s Eli Tomac’s home state of Colorado, he needs a 14th place finish or better, and Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX title number two is officially his. That sounds like a no-brainer. But, it’s Supercross and the sport can reach out and grab a rider that loses his focus in an instant.

The premier class title is not the only one on the line tonight as the 250SX West division could be settled before heading to Salt Lake City for the finale next week. With a 23-point lead, Christian Craig can clinch with a feature win regardless of where second-place Hunter Lawrence finishes. Craig only needs to leave Denver with a 27-point advantage to assure himself the season title.

250SX West Heat One

Christian Craig(28) grabbed the holeshot and established a comfortable lead right from Lap One of the 250SX West Heat One. Taking care of business as he has done all year, Craig finished nine seconds ahead of Jo Shimoda(30), and Vince Friese(62) took the third spot.

250SX West Heat Two

As expected Hunter Lawrence(96) matched Craig with a holeshot win in Heat Two and followed the same script. Building a growing lead early in the moto, the only rider in sight was Michael Mosiman(29). The GASGAS MC 250F rider went down midway through the moto and essentially gifted Lawrence an easy path to the win. Mosiman recovered to take second as Garrett Marchbanks(35) came home in third.

250SX West Main Event

Side-by-side in the starting gates, Lawrence grabbed the lead, as Craig followed closely behind. Aware of what was at stake, the crowd roared every time Craig rode up to the rear wheel of Lawrence.

At the ten-minute mark, Craig slid off the back of his bike after getting sideways in a corner of the sand section of the track. He dropped to seventh before he was able to remount his bike and get back into the race.

By the five-minute point of the timed portion of the moto, Craig had fought his way back into the fourth position. However, Craig trailed Lawrence by 12 seconds as he was chasing Shimoda for a podium position. Lawrence held a five-second advantage over Mosiman in second.

Hunter Lawrence / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc.

With a minute and a half left, Craig blew past Shimoda in the whoops and in doing so drew within three seconds of Mosiman and cut Lawrence’s lead to under 10 seconds. That was the way they finished as Lawrence will have a mathematical shot at the title going to Salt Lake. Craig’s task will be a little easier in the final event of the year, his lead shrunk to 18 points, but he needs just nine points to clinch. Just like the task that Tomac faced this week, a 14th place finish will wrap up the championship.

250SX West Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN BIKE
 1 96 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL Honda CRF250R
 2 29 Michael Mosiman Minneaola, FL GASGAS MC 250F
 3 28 Christian Craig Temecula, CA Yamaha YZ250F
 4 30 Jo Shimoda Menifee, CA Kawasaki KX250
 5 35 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT Yamaha YZ250F
 6 62 Vince Friese Menifee, CA Honda CRF250R
 7 66 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ GASGAS MC 250F
 8 69 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA Yamaha YZ250F
 9 49 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN Yamaha YZ250F
 10 31 Jalek Swoll Clermont, FL Husqvarna FC 250
 11 74 Derek Kelley Riverside, CA KTM 250 SX-F
 12 98 Dominique Thury Schneeberg, GER Yamaha YZ250F
 13 43 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA Suzuki RM-Z250
 14 914 Geran Stapleton Clyde North, VIC GASGAS MC 250F
 15 58 Ryan Surratt Corona, CA Yamaha YZ250F
 16 64 Mitchell Harrison Leesburg, FL GASGAS MC 250F
 17 216 Devin Harriman Longview, WA GASGAS MC 250F
 18 388 Brandon Ray Fremont, CA Kawasaki KX250
 19 503 Mcclellan Hile Atascadero, CA Honda CRF250R
 20 509 Alexander Nagy Richmond, IL KTM 250 SX-F
 21 201 Jy Roberts Cooranbong, AU Kawasaki KX250
 22 910 Carson Brown Ravensdale, WA KTM 250 SX-F

 

250SX West Standings

POS. # RIDER TOTAL POINTS
 1 28 Christian Craig 215
 2 96 Hunter Lawrence 197
 3 29 Michael Mosiman 181
 4 62 Vince Friese 144
 5 30 Jo Shimoda 144
 6 49 Nate Thrasher 126
 7 35 Garrett Marchbanks 117
 8 69 Robbie Wageman 109
 9 66 Chris Blose 106
 10 31 Jalek Swoll 93
 11 910 Carson Brown 84
 12 43 Carson Mumford 80
 13 74 Derek Kelley 78
 14 98 Dominique Thury 60
 15 161 Cole Thompson 50
 16 58 Ryan Surratt 48
 17 64 Mitchell Harrison 46
 18 47 Seth Hammaker 44
 19 101 Dylan Walsh 41
 20 67 Logan Karnow 40

450SX Heat One

What is the best way to stay out of trouble in a Supercross moto? Take the holeshot and pull away from the pack of riders chasing you for a wire-to-wire victory. That is exactly what Eli Tomac(3) did in Heat One of the 450SX class. And the crowd loved it! The roar was thunderous as they cheered on their favorite son.

Marvin Musquin(25), and Justin Brayton(10) finished second and third. They were merely a footnote as Tomac can now focus on a safe ride in the main event to secure his championship.

450SX Heat Two

Chase Sexton(23) fired out of the gate in Heat Two, Justin Barcia(51), and Jason Anderson(21) followed in tight pursuit. Anderson would like to pull off a heat win to get a top gate pick and keep the pressure on Tomac as they race in the feature.

Anderson passed Barcia and began to track down Sexton pulling to within a half a second on the final lap. Sexton held on for the win and Malcolm Stewart(27) passed Barcia late for the third position.

450SX Main Event

Chase Sexton outran Eli Tomac to take the holeshot. Jason Anderson trailed the two leaders but kept them within striking distance. Just two minutes in Sexton overshot a corner and hit a tuff block in front of the mechanic’s area.

450SX Main Event Start at Denver / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc.

Anderson ran down Tomac two minutes later and wisely Tomac conceded the position. Malcolm Stewart was the next rider to close on Eli and again racing smart, Tomac allowed him to pass uncontested.

The next rider in line, Justin Barcia, went down just past the midpoint of the race giving Tomac a cushion on Marvin Musquin who was running fourth.

Musquin caught and passed Tomac to drop him to fourth. Then Sexton pushed the pending champion back to fifth. To the delight of the Colorado fans, Tomac coasted across the finish line to complete the title quest.

The 2022 AMA Monster Energy Supercross 450SX Championship goes to Eli Tomac / Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc.

Finishing just ahead of last year’s champion Cooper Webb(1), Tomac will take that plate number into 2023 and proudly wear it during his title defense.

450SX Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN BIKE
 1 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM Kawasaki KX450SR
 2 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL Husqvarna FC 450 RE
 3 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA KTM 450 SX-F FE
 4 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE
 5 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO Yamaha YZ450F
 6 1 Cooper Webb Newport, NC KTM 450 SX-F FE
 7 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL GASGAS MC 450F
 8 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC Honda CRF450R
 9 54 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX Honda CRF450R
 10 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL Yamaha YZ450F
 11 41 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ Suzuki RM-Z450
 12 200 Ryan Breece Athol, ID Yamaha YZ450F
 13 26 Alex Martin Clermont, FL Yamaha YZ450F
 14 95 Justin Starling Deland, FL GASGAS MC 450F
 15 61 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC KTM 450 SX-F
 16 981 Austin Politelli Murrieta, CA Honda CRF450R
 17 285 Marshal Weltin Ubly, MI Yamaha YZ250F
 18 57 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS KTM 450 SX-F
 19 72 John Short Pilot Point, TX Honda CRF250R
 20 55 Justin Rodbell Prince Frederick, MD Kawasaki KX450
 21 19 Justin Bogle Wesley Chapel, FL Suzuki RM-Z450
 22 129 Henry Miller Rochester, MN KTM 450 SX-F

 

450SX Standings

POS. # RIDER TOTAL POINTS
 1 3 Eli Tomac 359
 2 21 Jason Anderson 324
 3 27 Malcolm Stewart 295
 4 51 Justin Barcia 291
 5 25 Marvin Musquin 287
 6 23 Chase Sexton 269
 7 1 Cooper Webb 261
 8 41 Brandon Hartranft 163
 9 10 Justin Brayton 160
 10 15 Dean Wilson 152
 11 14 Dylan Ferrandis 141
 12 94 Ken Roczen 133
 13 19 Justin Bogle 103
 14 12 Shane McElrath 101
 15 7 Aaron Plessinger 97
 16 11 Kyle Chisholm 97
 17 26 Alex Martin 97
 18 62 Vince Friese 96
 19 200 Ryan Breece 90
 20 95 Justin Starling 89