Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson was spectacular at Round fifteen of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series to capture the win and hold onto his title hopes with only two rounds remaining in the series.
Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb grabbed the 450SX Class Main Event holeshot with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac right on his rear tire and Jason Anderson close behind Tomac. Tomac needed only to finish ahead of Anderson to wrap up his second championship.
But less than two minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race, Anderson took advantage of Tomac’s battle with Webb to slice under in a corner. The block pass was not overly aggressive, but in trying to avoid contact, Tomac stalled his bike. Tomac re-fired his Yamaha and took pursuit from sixth place as Anderson set his sights on Webb. Four minutes into the race Anderson took ahold of the lead. Sexton was past Webb shortly after while the lead group, including Tomac, remained close.
Musquin, the race winner in St. Louis, took over third place. Tomac was up to fourth and looking ready to charge back to the front with fourteen minutes still on the race clock. Tomac’s charge never came as he slowly lost touch with the lead pack and as Anderson and Sexton pulled away to a two-rider battle up front. Sexton got close just past the race’s midpoint while Tomac lost a few more positions late in the race. Then Anderson pulled back out to a comfortable victory, his fifth of the season. It takes the championship battle to Denver where Anderson will need another strong ride, and a little luck in Tomac’s home state race, to push his title quest to the final round.
450SX Main event top ten
1 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM Kawasaki KX450SR 24 Laps 51.505 Monster Energy Kawasaki
2 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE +03.111 51.417 Team Honda HRC
3 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA KTM 450 SX-F FE +18.166 51.537 Red Bull KTM
4 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL Husqvarna FC 450 RE +23.020 51.945 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
5 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL GASGAS MC 450F +23.745 52.204 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing6 1 Cooper Webb Newport, NC KTM 450 SX-F FE +29.891 51.509 Red Bull KTM
7 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO Yamaha YZ450F +32.821 51.637 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
8 62 Vince Friese Menifee, CA Honda CRF450R 23 Laps 53.497 Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda
9 26 Alex Martin Clermont, FL Yamaha YZ450F +06.467 53.176 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX, IAMACOMEBACK, Yamaha
10 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC Honda CRF450R +21.015 53.716 Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda