Jett Lawrence Locks Up First Supercross Title, Eli Tomac Fails to Clinch

The 250SX East Division Championship goes to Jett Lawrence, Eli Tomac needs a 13th or better finish next week in Denver to lock up the 450SX Title.

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Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA — April 23, 2022

Gillette Stadium has been a location that has witnessed the crowing of a number of champions as the home of the New England Patriots. Tonight is may see additional champions crowned as both the 250SX East and the 450SX classes could produce a finish that wraps up the title for each of their points leaders.

Gillette Stadium / Graphic Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Eli Tomac can clinch the 450SX Class title this week if he finishes ahead of last week’s winner Jason Anderson or at least one position behind Anderson if Anderson finishes fourth or worse. Tomac was very honest in his approach to tonight’s race, “If the opportunity for the win is there, I’ll take it. But, I am not going to take any unnecessary chances, we will wait until next week in Denver.”

The Eastern Regional 250SX Class title can also be earned this weekend by Jett Lawrence with an 18th-place finish or better.

250SX East Heat One

Jett Lawrence(18) played it very conservatively at the start riding out of the gate in mid-pack. Pierce Brown(44) took the early lead and began to ride away. Lawrence was ninth at the end of the first lap, two laps later he had moved into the fourth position.

Jordon Smith(90) and Enzo Lopes(80) ran second and third. Lawrence kept working as the laps wound down and passed both riders to move into second. Brow held on for the Heat win, with Smith finishing third.

250SX East Heat Two

A big crash in the first turn of the second Heat caught a bunch of the top riders in the 250SX class. RJ Hampshire(24), Mitchell Oldenburg(54), and Austin Forkner(33) hit the dirt in the pile-up.

Kyle Chisholm(11) rode away from the field at the front, the 34-year-old rider has never won a race. Competing in the 450SX Class last week he posted an 8th place finish in the main event.

Chisholm went down at the midpoint of the Heat and was passed by Joshua Varize(38). Up quickly Chisholm held unto second, but Forkner had recovered from his bad start and was closing on the frontrunners.

On the last lap, Chisholm caught and passed Varize. Forkner tried to follow in the same corner and he collided with Varize sending both down in a hard crash. Forkner recovered to finish fifth and Varize in sixth. RJ Hampshire finished 12th and will have to ride his way into the main event via the Last Chance Qualifier(LCQ).

Hampshire made easy work of the LCQ, going to the front early and leading wire to wire. He will be faced with a poor starting position gate selection. Not that it is likely to matter, only a DNF due to an injury or mechanical failure is going to sideline Lawrence from a clinching position in the Main Event.

250SX East Main Event

Jett Lawrence got caught in a jumble of riders on the opening corner. Being patient and not forcing the issue he started in 11th. Picking off riders one at a time he moved towards the front of the pack, but it was evident he was not going to put himself in a position that could result in an issue that might cost him the title.

At the midpoint Pierce Brown led, RJ Hampshire ran second, Austin Forkner sat third, and Lawrence was comfortably in fourth with a 15-second advantage over his closest pursuer.

Jett Lawrence / Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

At the front, Hampshire tried to pass Brown. Their wheels touched and Hampshire went down. Brown, looking for his first main event win, stayed upright and rode away. Forkner, in second, began to close on the leader. Lawrence in third held a 25-second advantage over fourth-place Mitchell Oldenburg

Forkner passed Brown and then Lawrence also moved past. That’s the way they finished with Jett Lawrence wrapping up the 2022 250SX East Division Championship. His first Supercross title.

250SX East Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN BIKE INTERVAL
 1 33 Austin Forkner Richards, MO Kawasaki KX250 18 Laps
 2 18 Jett Lawrence Zephyrhills, FL Honda CRF250R 0.580
 3 44 Pierce Brown Sandy, UT GASGAS MC 250F 4.746
 4 54 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX Honda CRF250R 32.843
 5 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL Yamaha YZ250F 34.331
 6 24 Rj Hampshire Minneola, FL Husqvarna FC 250 38.972
 7 80 Enzo Lopes Indian Trail, NC Yamaha YZ250F 46.218
 8 38 Joshua Varize Perris, CA Husqvarna FC 250 48.057
 9 140 Cullin Park Clermont, FL Honda CRF250R 48.845
 10 81 Jace Owen Mattoon, IL Yamaha YZ250F 17 Laps
 11 285 Marshal Weltin Ubly, MI Yamaha YZ250F 3.419
 12 331 Derek Drake Lake Elsinore, CA Suzuki RM-Z250 4.931
 13 72 John Short Pilot Point, TX Honda CRF250R 9.891
 14 90 Jordon Smith Ochlocknee, GA Honda CRF250R 17.422
 15 508 Hunter Yoder Menifee, CA Honda CRF250R 27.344
 16 192 Jack Chambers Auburndale, FL KTM 250 SX-F 46.348
 17 39 Jarrett Frye Mechanicsville, MD Honda CRF250R 57.553
 18 519 Joshua Cartwright Fort Worth, TX Kawasaki KX250 16 Laps
 19 56 Josh Osby Valparaiso, IN Yamaha YZ250F 15 Laps
 20 89 Lane Shaw Alvin, TX KTM 250 SX-F 7 Laps
 21 70 Ramyller Alves Coconut Creek, FL KTM 250 SX-F 6 Laps
 22 243 Hardy Munoz Kissimmee, FL Kawasaki KX250 DNS

250SX East Points Standings

POS. # RIDER TOTAL POINTS
 1 18 Jett Lawrence 192
 2 24 RJ Hampshire 139
 3 44 Pierce Brown 128
 4 54 Mitchell Oldenburg 122
 5 80 Enzo Lopes 116
 6 48 Cameron McAdoo 114
 7 90 Jordon Smith 104
 8 81 Jace Owen 90
 9 33 Austin Forkner 81
 10 331 Derek Drake 79
 11 38 Joshua Varize 78
 12 715 Phillip Nicoletti 76
 13 50 Stilez Robertson 67
 14 11 Kyle Chisholm 64
 15 72 John Short 54
 16 140 Cullin Park 49
 17 6 Jeremy Martin 42
 18 129 Henry Miller 41
 19 285 Marshal Weltin 37
 20 39 Jarrett Frye 32

Clinched Championship

450SX Heat One

Defending champion, Cooper Webb(1), grabbed the holeshot but it was Marvin Musquin taking the top spot away in the next corner. Jason Anderson(21) settled into third, but he was able to work his way around Webb at the halfway point of the race and began to close on Musquin.

Anderson passed the leader and almost immediately went down when he missed the preferred grove in the next corner. Musquin then cruised to the win, Anderson was able to remount the bike and hold onto second ahead of Webb in third.

450SX Heat Two

Chase Sexton(23) jumped out to the early lead with Malcolm Stewart(27) and Eli Tomac(3) battling for the second spot. Tomac prevailed, but he raced smart and in control satisfied to hold second place to the checkered flag. Stewart easily maintained third with Justin Barcia(51) finishing in fourth.

450SX Main Event

The fans could not have asked for anything more in the 450SX Main Event. Defending champion Cooper Webb led out of the gate. Eli Tomac, the heir apparent, ran second and the only man who could possibly challenge Tomac for the title, Jason Anderson, ran in third.
The three came together just two minutes into the moto as Tomac was looking for the lead, Webb held him off and Anderson jumped into the fray pushing Tomac out of position. Eli stalled his bike and dropped to sixth place.
Anderson, wanting to take full advantage of the opportunity, rode past Webb to take the top spot. At the 10-minute mark, Tomac had moved to fifth but he trailed Anderson by eight seconds.
Jason Anderson / Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
With five minutes to go in the timed portion of the race, Anderson maintained the lead. However, Chase Sexton was closing in on the leader. Tomac had dropped to sixth and continued losing time to Anderson.
Anderson finished with the victory, Chase Sexton and Marvin Musquin joined him on the podium. Tomac came across the line in the seventh position and will have to wait until next week to officially claim the 2022 450SX title. A positive from tonight’s results, Tomac will be able to celebrate with the fans in his home state of Colorado.
Tomac carries a 43-point lead into next weekend. Another win by Anderson would earn him 26 points, a 14th place or better finish would lock up the title for Tomac.

450SX Main Event Results
POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN BIKE INTERVAL
1 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM Kawasaki KX450SR 24 Laps
 2 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE 3.111
 3 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA KTM 450 SX-F FE 18.166
 4 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL Husqvarna FC 450 RE 23.020
 5 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL GASGAS MC 450F 23.745
 6 1 Cooper Webb Newport, NC KTM 450 SX-F FE 29.891
 7 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO Yamaha YZ450F 32.821
 8 62 Vince Friese Menifee, CA Honda CRF450R 23 Laps
 9 26 Alex Martin Clermont, FL Yamaha YZ450F 6.467
 10 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC Honda CRF450R 21.015
 11 41 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ Suzuki RM-Z450 24.816
 12 73 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO KTM 450 SX-F 27.199
 13 78 Cade Clason Chesterfield, SC Honda CRF450R 34.338
 14 200 Ryan Breece Athol, ID Yamaha YZ450F 37.289
 15 61 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC KTM 450 SX-F 38.302
 16 95 Justin Starling Deland, FL GASGAS MC 450F 22 Laps
 17 129 Henry Miller Rochester, MN KTM 450 SX-F 25.288
 18 57 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS KTM 450 SX-F 21 Laps
 19 711 Tristan Lane Port Orange, FL KTM 450 SX-F 6.978
 20 67 Logan Karnow Amherst, OH Kawasaki KX450 41.409
 21 84 Scott Meshey Zephyrhills, FL Husqvarna FC 250 20 Laps
 22 19 Justin Bogle Wesley Chapel, FL Suzuki RM-Z450 16 Laps

 

450SX Points Standings

POS. # RIDER TOTAL POINTS
1 3 Eli Tomac 341
 2 21 Jason Anderson 298
 3 51 Justin Barcia 275
 4 27 Malcolm Stewart 272
 5 25 Marvin Musquin 266
 6 23 Chase Sexton 250
 7 1 Cooper Webb 244
 8 15 Dean Wilson 152
 9 41 Brandon Hartranft 151
 10 10 Justin Brayton 145
 11 14 Dylan Ferrandis 141
 12 94 Ken Roczen 133
 13 12 Shane McElrath 101
 14 19 Justin Bogle 101
 15 7 Aaron Plessinger 97
 16 62 Vince Friese 96
 17 26 Alex Martin 87
 18 11 Kyle Chisholm 84
 19 95 Justin Starling 80
 20 200 Ryan Breece 79