Honda HRC Team Chase Sexton picked up his first career victory in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX class in front of 41,902 cheering fans inside Petco Park in downtown San Diego.
Monster Energy Supercross has returned to Petco Park after a two-year hiatus. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Sexton’s win marked the third different winner in as many rounds of the 2022 Supercross series. Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac followed Sexton to the line with his best finish of the year, putting the 2020 champion ahead of the points. Tomac’s teammate Dylan Ferrandis also scored his first podium of the year with a forward charge from a mid-pack start. In the Western Regional 250SX class, Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Troy Lee Designs Michael Mosiman held on under pressure to claim his first Supercross victory with a wire-to-wire win.
Chase Sexton had the start, speed and composure to earn his first career 450SX class win. He and other riders rode military-inspired graphics and gear on the military appreciation round. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Sexton grabbed the holeshot in the 450SX class Main Event, but gave up first place to Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. Three minutes into the 20-plus-one-lap race, Sexton fell back under Musquin and from there gradually pulled away from the peloton. Behind him, Tomac passed Musquin but couldn’t overtake Sexton on the slippery San Diego floor. Defending Red Bull KTM champion Cooper Webb and Team Honda HRC opening round winner Ken Roczen swapped positions as they passed Musquin before five minutes was up.
Monster Energy Kawasaki round two winner Jason Anderson was on the move early. He made quick passes on his way forward and took advantage of a knockdown from Roczen. Anderson worked his way up to second place midway through the race and looked for track speed to bamboozle Sexton. Then smoke started billowing from his bike. As his engine’s power wore out, the 2018 champion was forced to limp to the finish, eventually securing eighth place.
Anderson’s setback gave Tomac and Ferrandis each their first podium finishes of the year. This earned Tomac enough points to push the Yamaha rider into the championship lead. Webb put a late charge on Ferrandis but didn’t have enough time and settled for fourth. Right on Webb’s back wheel at the end, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Malcolm Stewart duplicated his best finish of the season with a fifth-place finish.
The incredible parity of the season has Tomac leading in points without a win, and Webb tied for second, only one point behind, also without a win at the moment. Sexton tied for second with Webb thanks to his victory in San Diego. Sexton was San Diego’s fifth different winner in the last five races at the venue. Three rounds into the 2022 season, just fourteen points separate the top ten riders, making 2022 the closest title chase in sports history to this point in the series.
Michael Mosiman takes his first career win in the 250SX class in convincing fashion, never giving up his field lead. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
In the Western Regional 250SX class, Michael Mosiman grabbed the holeshot before a first-turn pile-up that brought together several of the best riders in the class. Hunter Lawrence of the Honda HRC team came right behind and paced Mosiman for much of the Main Event. After a few head looks, and with less than two minutes on the race clock, Lawrence pulled sideways into the whoops, then crashed into the back of Mosiman’s bike and fell. Lawrence came back up but Mosiman held on for his first 250SX class victory.
The stadium crowd split their attention between the battle for the lead and the heroic charge from Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Christian Craig. Caught in the first turn pile-up, Craig is the last rider to come back up. He moved up nineteen positions and recovered a podium for
maintain their points lead. Also on the ground in the first turn, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda made a nice charge, moving into fifth place at the finish.
The 17-round series heads north for Round 4 and the second of three 2022 events inside Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. Tickets are on sale for the daytime FanFest and nighttime races that have been spectacular this season. For the full schedule, ticket availability updates and airtime on Peacock, CNBC and USA Network, please visit SupercrossLIVE.com.
450SX class podium (riders from left to right) Dylan Ferrandis, Chase Sexton and Eli Tomac. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Class 450SX Results
- Chase Sexton, Clermont, Florida, Honda
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colorado, Yamaha
- Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Florida, Yamaha
- Cooper Webb, Newport, North Carolina, KTM
- Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna
- Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Florida, Honda
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Florida, GASGAS
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
Class 450SX Championship standings
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colorado, Yamaha (59)
- Chase Sexton, Clermont, FL, Honda (58)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, KTM (58)
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (56)
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (54)
- Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, FL, KTM (54)
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, FL, Honda (52)
- Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna (52)
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, CA, KTM (47)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (45)
250SX class podium (riders from left to right) Christian Craig, Michael Mosiman and Hunter Lawrence. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Western Regional 250SX Class results
- Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Florida, GASGAS
- Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda
- Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
- Vince Friese, Menifee, California, Honda
- Jo Shimoda, Menifee, CA, Kawasaki
- Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, California, Suzuki
- Jalek Swoll, Clermont, Florida, Husqvarna
- Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tennessee, Yamaha
- Cole Thompson, Brigden, Ontario, Yamaha
- Carson Brown, Ravensdale, Washington, KTM
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Ranking
- Christian Craig, Temecula, CA, Yamaha (73)
- Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda (67)
- Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Fla., GASGAS (62)
- Vince Friese, Menifee, CA, Honda (54)
- Jo Shimoda, Menifee, CA, Kawasaki (50)
- Seth Hammaker, Temecula, CA, Kawasaki (44)
- Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tennessee, Yamaha (44)
- Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, CA, Suzuki (39)
- Robbie Wageman, Newhall, CA, Yamaha (37)
- Chris Blose, Phoenix, Arizona, GASGAS (36)