Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA — April 16, 2022
Round 14 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series taking place at Atlanta Motor Speedway will serve as the “THIS RACE SAVES LIVES” event, dedicated to the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Participating athletes, teams, partners, and OEMs will support the season-long and multi-year St. Jude partnership by featuring patient-inspired artwork on their bikes and gear and then donating the items to the Supercross – St. Jude online auction where all proceeds will go towards eliminating childhood cancer.
Fans will have the chance to bid on the items worn and used by their favorite athletes when the auction opens on Monday, April 25, as the series heads into Round 16 in Denver. The auction will run through the conclusion of the season and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross World Championship 2022 taking place in Salt Lake City, and closing on Monday, May 9.
The auction will feature big-ticket items such as a St. Jude inspired Team Solitaire Yamaha PW50, Eli Tomac signed Fender guitar, Aaron Plessinger signed Zoe guitar, two STACYC bikes, and custom prints from some of the biggest names in the sport. For more information please visit supercrosslive/stjude.
Trackside at Atlanta
The Supercross layout at Atlanta comprised the entire grassy area on the front stretch of the NASCAR track.
Overnight rain soaked the racing surface, despite it being covered. An early morning walkthrough found standing water in several locations causing the cancellation of practice and some qualifying time.
Mother Nature and track crews did their job, by noon the bikes were on the track for limited qualifying laps. The East/West Showdown for the 250SX class brought out a huge group of riders looking to put themselves into the feature race.
250SX East Heat
After breaking his collarbone earlier in the season Austin Forkner(33) is back on the track today at Atlanta. Jett Lawrence(18) will try to continue his dominance of the 250SX East class looking for his first Supercross Championship.
Lawrence collided with RJ Hampshire(24) on the first turn as they raced at the front of the pack. Lawrence went down but Hampshire was able to continue. The crash held up Forkner briefly as he avoided the fallen rider. Lawrence was dead last when he finally remounted his bike and rejoined the race.
Mitchell Oldenburg(54) was the early leader as Hampshire was closing the gap, while Lawrence was just trying to move to a top-nine qualifying position. By mid-race Lawrence had worked his way into the top nine.
With two laps to go Hampshire passed Oldenburg for the lead, while Forkner raced his way into the third position. With a furious run over the final lap, Forkner passed RJ coming to the finish line to capture the win. Lawrence finished fifth.
250SX West Heat
Joe Shimoda(30) grabbed the holeshot at the end of the long opening straight away. Michael Mosiman(29), Christian Craig(28), Hunter Lawrence(96), and Nate Thrasher(49) were all in the mix up-front.
With two laps to go, Mosiman bobbled and went down. Craig and Lawrence were able to pass. Mosiman recovered to come in third, just ahead of Shimoda.
250 SX East/West Showdown
The Lawrence brothers fired out of the gate at the start, but it was Joe Shimoda grabbing the holeshot and taking the early lead. With RJ Hampshire in the second position. Craig was stuck back in 10th.
Hampshire went down on Lap Two, followed a few seconds later by Jett Lawrence hitting the dirt. Recovering quickly Hampshire remained near the front, Jett dropped back in the pack to 15th.
At the mid-way point of the race, Hunter Lawrence made the pass for the lead. Craig moved to second, and Jett Lawrence had rebounded to the eighth position.
As the clock wound down, Jett Lawrence moved toward the front one position at a time. Hunter held on for the win as Craig finished second. Jett Lawrence passed Shimoda on the final lap, but Joe did not give up the position easily. He fought back as the two rider’s fought for the final podium position. Lawrence prevailed to join his brother atop the podium in the East/West Showdown.
250SX East/West Showdown Results
|1||96||Hunter Lawrence||Wesley Chapel, FL||Honda CRF250R||12 Laps|
|2||28||Christian Craig||Temecula, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||4.055|
|3||18||Jett Lawrence||Zephyrhills, FL||Honda CRF250R||8.069|
|4||30||Jo Shimoda||Menifee, CA||Kawasaki KX250||9.630|
|5||49||Nate Thrasher||Livingston, TN||Yamaha YZ250F||17.294|
|6||29||Michael Mosiman||Minneaola, FL||GASGAS MC 250F||21.071|
|7||33||Austin Forkner||Richards, MO||Kawasaki KX250||22.816|
|8||24||Rj Hampshire||Minneola, FL||Husqvarna FC 250||34.570|
|9||54||Mitchell Oldenburg||Aledo, TX||Honda CRF250R||45.354|
|10||44||Pierce Brown||Sandy, UT||GASGAS MC 250F||54.908|
|11||31||Jalek Swoll||Clermont, FL||Husqvarna FC 250||01:11.6|
|12||66||Chris Blose||Phoenix, AZ||GASGAS MC 250F||01:13.2|
|13||62||Vince Friese||Menifee, CA||Honda CRF250R||01:16.9|
|14||35||Garrett Marchbanks||Coalville, UT||Yamaha YZ250F||01:20.1|
|15||80||Enzo Lopes||Indian Trail, NC||Yamaha YZ250F||01:27.5|
|16||331||Derek Drake||Lake Elsinore, CA||Suzuki RM-Z250||01:31.3|
|17||81||Jace Owen||Mattoon, IL||Yamaha YZ250F||11 Laps|
|18||140||Cullin Park||Clermont, FL||Honda CRF250R||3.681|
|19||43||Carson Mumford||Simi Valley, CA||Suzuki RM-Z250||16.855|
|20||39||Jarrett Frye||Mechanicsville, MD||Honda CRF250R||01:20.6|
|21||70||Ramyller Alves||Coconut Creek, FL||KTM 250 SX-F||9 Laps|
|22||243||Hardy Munoz||Kissimmee, FL||Kawasaki KX250||4 Laps|
250SX East Standings
250SX West Points Standings
450SX Heat One
Jason Anderson(21) earned the holeshot, then he and Eli Tomac(3) rode away from the field. Justin Barcia(51) was the only rider able to keep the top two in sight as they dominated the first heat of the 450SX class.
Tomac passed Anderson near the end of the timed portion of the race, but could not make it stick as Anderson surged past and back to the front. Tomac made two more runs at the lead and in both instances almost laid the bike down. After the second bobble, Tomac backed off the throttle and was content to take the second position into the 450SX Main Event.
450SX Heat Two
Alex Martin(26) took the early lead as riders just behind scrambled for position over the first lap. As things settled out, Sexton moved to the top spot followed closely by defending 450SX Champion Cooper Webb(1). Martin eventually faded as Marvin Musquin(25) and Malcolm Stewart(27) moved up into the top five.
Stewart was the only rider able to change the running order at the end as he passed Musquin.
450SX Main Event
Barcia, Sexton, Anderson, Tomac, and Webb were the first five riders around the opening corner and into the lead of the 450SX Main Event. Last Week’s winner Marvin Musquin went down early on Lap One and will not repeat this week.
It did not take long for Chase Sexton and Jason Anderson to dispatch Barcia and set about their own battle for the top spot. Five minutes in and Sexton dropped his bike and fell from the top five as Anderson took over the lead.
Barcia went down, allowing Webb and Tomac to move into podium position. With a huge lead in the points, Tomac just needs to ride smart and avoid trouble to maintain his advantage in the 450SX points standings.
Still, with five minutes to go, Tomac engaged Webb and made the pass for second. With the Championship leaders finishing one-two, Tomac will only drop three points of his leader’s advantage to Anderson. Sexton passed Webb late to grab a podium spot and continue Webb’s season of disappointing finishes.
450SX Main Event Results
|1||21||Jason Anderson||Rio Rancho, NM||Kawasaki KX450SR||15 Laps|
|2||3||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||Yamaha YZ450F||2.370|
|3||23||Chase Sexton||Clermont, FL||Honda CRF450R WE||4.125|
|4||1||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||KTM 450 SX-F FE||6.643|
|5||27||Malcolm Stewart||Haines City, FL||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||28.078|
|6||51||Justin Barcia||Greenville, FL||GASGAS MC 450F||39.150|
|7||10||Justin Brayton||Charlotte, NC||Honda CRF450R||54.136|
|8||11||Kyle Chisholm||Valrico, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||01:02.1|
|9||41||Brandon Hartranft||Brick, NJ||Suzuki RM-Z450||01:06.2|
|10||25||Marvin Musquin||Corona, CA||KTM 450 SX-F FE||01:08.8|
|11||61||Fredrik Noren||Indian Trail, NC||KTM 450 SX-F||01:17.4|
|12||26||Alex Martin||Clermont, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||01:21.7|
|13||73||Benny Bloss||Oak Grove, MO||KTM 450 SX-F||01:34.3|
|14||200||Ryan Breece||Athol, ID||Yamaha YZ450F||14 Laps|
|15||95||Justin Starling||Deland, FL||GASGAS MC 450F||13.751|
|16||72||John Short||Pilot Point, TX||Honda CRF250R||17.982|
|17||129||Henry Miller||Rochester, MN||KTM 250 SX-F||36.272|
|18||57||Kevin Moranz||Topeka, KS||KTM 450 SX-F||51.750|
|19||63||Jeremy Hand||Mantua, OH||Honda CRF250R||01:11.7|
|20||722||Adam Enticknap||Lompoc, CA||Suzuki RM-Z450||13 Laps|
|21||19||Justin Bogle||Wesley Chapel, FL||Suzuki RM-Z450||10 Laps|
|22||78||Cade Clason||Chesterfield, SC||Honda CRF450R||7 Laps|
450SX Points Standings
|1||3||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||325|
|2||21||Jason Anderson||Rio Rancho, NM||272|
|3||51||Justin Barcia||Greenville, FL||257|
|4||27||Malcolm Stewart||Haines City, FL||253|
|5||25||Marvin Musquin||Corona, CA||245|
|6||23||Chase Sexton||Clermont, FL||227|
|7||1||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||227|
|8||15||Dean Wilson||Murrieta, CA||152|
|9||14||Dylan Ferrandis||Tallahassee, FL||141|
|10||41||Brandon Hartranft||Brick, NJ||139|
|11||94||Ken Roczen||Clermont, FL||133|
|12||10||Justin Brayton||Charlotte, NC||132|
|13||12||Shane McElrath||Oakland, FL||101|
|14||19||Justin Bogle||Wesley Chapel, FL||100|
|15||7||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||97|
|16||11||Kyle Chisholm||Valrico, FL||84|
|17||62||Vince Friese||Menifee, CA||81|
|18||95||Justin Starling||Deland, FL||73|
|19||26||Alex Martin||Clermont, FL||73|
|20||200||Ryan Breece||Athol, ID||70|