Fox Raceway, Pala, CA — September 5, 2022
Eli Tomac entered Fox Raceway for the final race of the 12-round Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with a one-point advantage over Chase Sexton in the battle for the 450cc class title. The two riders swapped first and second positions in the two motos last weekend at Ironman. Sending the fight for the top spot back to California where the series started in May.
In Moto #1 Sexton and Tomac staged a classic two-man race. Sexton took the hole shot and over the first half of the race, he and Tomac were never separated as they built a 30-second advantage on the field. Once lapped traffic came into play Tomac seized the opportunity and made the pass on Sexton. Pulling away for the Moto win, Tomac held the advantage heading into the final moto of the season.
Both Tomac and Sexton had issues in the open laps of Moto #2. Tomac was mired back in the top 10 and Sexton dropped his bike multiple times. At the front, Jason Anderson and Christian Craig fought for the lead as the Championship contenders tried to get in a position to make a run. In the style Tomac has been noted for, he charged through the field, took the lead, and pulled away for the win and the Championship trophy.
The title was the first sweep of Supercross and Pro Motocross since 2015 when Ryan Dungey accomplished the feat.
Final Points Standings
|1||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||546|
|2||Chase Sexton||La Moille, IL||539|
|3||Jason Anderson||Edgewood, NM||440|
|4||Ken Roczen||Mattstedt, Germany||394|
|5||Christian Craig||El Cajon, CA||373|
|6||Ryan Dungey||Belle Plaine, MN||359|
|7||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||322|
|8||Justin Barcia||Monroe, NY||303|
|9||Joey Savatgy||Thomasville, GA||218|
|10||Shane McElrath||Canton, NC||213|
The 250 cc class championship was not as dramatic as Jett Lawrence came to Pala with a wide lead over second place Jo Shimoda. Lawrence’s one-two finish sealed the title with a 45-point advantage over Shimoda. Lawrence became the first rider to take back-to-back Pro Motocross titles since Jeremy Martin in the 2014-2015 seasons.
|1||Jett Lawrence||Landsborough, Queensland, Australia||525|
|2||Jo Shimoda||Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan||480|
|3||Hunter Lawrence||Landsborough, Queensland, Australia||468|
|4||Justin Cooper||Cold Spring Harbor, NY||415|
|5||R.J. Hampshire||Hudson, FL||346|
|6||Max Vohland||Sacramento, CA||303|
|7||Seth Hammaker||Bainbridge, PA||256|
|8||Nate Thrasher||Livingston, TN||251|
|9||Michael Mosiman||Sebastopol, CA||208|
|10||Pierce Brown||Sandy, UT||198|
Motorcross of Nations
Up next for the professional motocross riders is the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) at Redbud MX set for Friday, September 23rd to Sunday, September 25th, 2022. For Team USA Eli Tomac will ride in the MXGP class. His teammates will be Justin Cooper in the MX2 class and Chase Sexton in the Open Class.
The Hunter brothers will represent Australia. Other series regulars will ride for their home countries. Dean Wilson riding for Team Great Britain, Marvin Musquin and Dylan Ferrandis for Team France, Jo Shimoda for Team Japan, Hardy Muñoz for Team Chile, and Enzo Lopes for Team Brazil.
Tickets are selling fast, don’t get locked out of this spectacular international event on “The Best Dirt on Earth.” Visit the Redbud MX website to reserve your tickets and camping space. The track address is 13638 N Red Bud Trail / Buchanan, MI / 49107 | 5 miles north of U.S. 12.