Jason Anderson racks up back-to-back wins with Minneapolis Supercross victory
Jett Lawrence kicks off Eastern Regional 250SX class campaign with win
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson picked up his third win of the season at round seven of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship inside US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. First place inside the domed stadium took him within three points of the Championship lead. Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb crossed the finish line in second place, claiming his second podium of the season with his Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin taking third place and Musquin’s first podium of 2022. In the first moto of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class series, Jett Lawrence of the Honda HRC team took the win and the first points in what looks to be a very competitive division.
Jason Anderson is the first rider to take three wins against the tight 450SX class field. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
When the gate fell for the defending 450SX class Main Event champion, Cooper Webb fired the Holeshot and took the lead early. On all three corners, Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton moved into second and a right on Webb’s rear fender. With Anderson right on Sexton’s tail, the three quickly built a slight gap over the rest of the field. Within the first minute of the race, Eli Tomac of Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha, the current points leader, got tangled up with teammate Dylan Ferrandis and landed his bike in the face of a triple jump. The minor crash dropped Tomac to last place.
Just over five minutes behind the race clock in the Main Event by 20 minutes plus a lap, Sexton worked his way around Webb and sealed the pass with a strong drive through the whoops. But the breakaway of the first three riders did not widen his gap on the ground. Instead, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Malcolm Stewart started from fourth and restored contact as Anderson pressed Webb for second. When Anderson and Stewart passed Webb in quick succession, Webb’s teammate Musquin had the defending champion in his sights. In another twist on the traditional storyline, Webb mounted a charge on Stewart, who slid into a flat corner with just under three minutes on the race clock.
Just when the finishing order seemed set, Sexton’s front wheel folded in and gripped the bike for a quick stop on a jump face. The bike threw Sexton through the air. The crash deformed the bike’s front wheel and the impact knocked Sexton out of the race despite his attempt to reassemble the machine. The Monster Energy Supercross Flames marked Anderson’s third victory of the season. Webb took second place and Musquin clinched his first podium of 2022. Tomac’s speed saw him recover a sixth-place finish to retain the championship points lead.
Jett Lawrence (18) kicked off the Eastern Regional 250SX class championship with a win that should have his competitors worried. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
There was excitement and anticipation on the opening round as the Eastern Regional 250SX class kicked off in Minneapolis. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner took the lead in the Holeshot strip with Jett Lawrence quickly in second place ahead of Forkner’s teammate Cameron McAdoo. Lawrence threw an aggressive inside pass on Forkner less than a minute after the gate fell, then raced smoothly and effortlessly to the first checkered flag in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class competition. Forkner held second until the end and McAdoo took third after fending off a mid-race challenge from Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire rounded out the top five after closing in on Martin but running out of time for a passing attempt.
Next Saturday, the Supercross series will make its first visit of 2022 to Texas with the second of three Triple Crown events scheduled for February 26 inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The single Triple Crown schedule waives qualifying for three races which combine to determine event winners and pay out championship points for a single event. For tickets, the full 2022 schedule, photos and video, and airtime on Peacock, NBC, CNBC and USA Network, please visit SupercrossLIVE.com.
450SX class podium (riders from left to right) Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
450SX Class Results
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, KTM
3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
4. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colorado, Yamaha
7. Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM
8. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
9. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
10. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, NC, Honda
450SX Class Championship standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colorado, Yamaha (151)
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (148)
3. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna (131)
4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (128)
5. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, KTM (126)
6. Chase Sexton, Clermont, FL, Honda (123)
7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, CA, KTM (119)
8. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (107)
9. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (102)
10. Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, FL, KTM (97)
250SX class podium (riders from left to right) Austin Forkner, Jett Lawrence and Cameron McAdoo. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda
2. Austin Forkner, Richards, Missouri, Kawasaki
3. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
4. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minnesota, Yamaha
5. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Florida, Husqvarna
6. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
7. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, CA, Husqvarna
8. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, North Carolina, Yamaha
9. Levi’s Kitchen, Washington Washougal, Yamaha
10. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, NY, Yamaha
Eastern 250SX Class Regional Championship Standings
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda (26)
2. Austin Forkner, Richards, Missouri, Kawasaki (23)
3. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (21)
4. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, MN, Yamaha (19)
5. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, FL, Husqvarna (18)
6. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (17)
7. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, CA, Husqvarna (16)
8. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, NC, Yamaha (15)
9. Levi’s Kitchen, Washington Washougal, Yamaha (14)
10. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, NY, Yamaha (13)