Detroit SX: Tomac wins three in a row

Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac took the win at Ford Field, as Tomac became the first rider in the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship to win three races in a row.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Malcolm Stewart raced smart to claim a second-place finish, matching his best career and season finish and moving into a tie for second in the points. Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia finished third after leading early. In the Eastern Regional 250SX class, Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence took the win, his third of the season, and extended his points lead to eight just four rounds in the division championship.

After SGB Unlimited Honda’s Cade Clason took the holeshot, Twisted Tea Suzuki’s Justin Bogle took the lead in the 450SX Main Event with Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin right behind. Bogle held onto the lead into the opening laps with Musquin close, Justin Barcia third, Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb fourth and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson fifth.

Just over two minutes into the 20-plus-one-lap race, Barcia fought their way past Bogle. Anderson and Webb were through soon after, while Eli Tomac was sixth after a mid-pack start. Less than five minutes later, Anderson passed Barcia in the whoops. A lap later, it was Tomac who passed through the whoops, this time ahead of Webb for third place.

A lap later, Tomac repeated the move on Barcia, moving him into second place. Midway through the race, Eli Tomac took the lead, Anderson counterattacked from second and Malcolm Stewart completed the top three. The sticky, ornate track had created a lot of drama and crashes in the Heat Races and LCQs, and at this point in the race it began to have a huge impact on race standings and title points.

Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton caught up with Cooper Webb. Then Webb shorted a jump from a corner and Sexton landed on top of him. The two riders fell into a brutal tangle. Sexton was out, Webb slowly coming back up and valiantly trying to do tricks with his left arm tucked to his chest. He was injured but was doing what he could to recover points. Soon after, Anderson washed his front end into a corner entry. He remounted, then started again in the next straight after realizing he had been too injured in the crash to continue.

A few laps later Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis ran into trouble and retired from the race. In the final laps, Musquin charged for the final podium spot, but the track had its final say in the results as Musquin washed his front wheel in a bowl corner and lost his chance to get on. the podium.

The chaotic race was a thriller, and surely one to watch again and again over the years as one of those sporting events that stands out as a wild and unique race. This led to a huge confusion in the points, giving Tomac a seemingly insurmountable lead. Only time will tell which riders will be recovered enough to line up for the gate next weekend at Indianapolis Supercross.


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