2022 WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP | SALT LAKE CITY| MAY 7, 2022
Jason Anderson ends Supercross season with four straight wins
Nate Thrasher Takes 250SX Class Victory, Christian Craig Claims Title
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson earned the final race victory of the year at the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross World Championship, presented by the Utah Athletic Commission inside Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City hosted the final race of the season for the third straight year. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
The event concluded the 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross racing series. Honda HRC Team’s Chase Sexton made a steady run for second place and Justin Barcia of Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing took third place in a dramatic race that had the fans on their feet. In 250SX class racing, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Nate Thrasher earned his first win of the year, beating top riders from both regions at the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Showdown season recap. His Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing teammate Christian Craig took the Western Regional 250SX class title with an eighth-place finish.
Jason Anderson was nearly untouchable on the Utah track. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
When the gate fell for the final race of the 2022 season, Twisted Tea Suzuki’s Justin Bogle grabbed the holeshot ahead of 2021 Red Bull KTM champion’s Cooper Webb, Anderson and Sexton. Anderson charged early, passing Webb before the end of the first lap, then taking the lead less than two minutes after the Main Event of 20 minutes plus one lap. Sexton quickly moved into second and the top two steadily drifted away from the field. But there was a lot of action behind them.
Third place overall for the season was on the line with just eight points separating Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Malcolm Stewart, Barcia and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. Less than four minutes into the race, Barcia took third place with Webb in fourth, Stewart in fifth and Musquin in sixth. Stewart was the runner on the move, beating Webb and then rounding Barcia just before the halfway mark of the race. A few corners later the stadium erupted as Barcia dove on the inside of a 180 degree turn and made hard contact with Stewart. Stewart jumped off his bike as if it had disappeared under him. The Husqvarna rider quickly backed up and charged to regain positions.
The crowd saw the potential for an incredible battle. As Stewart walked on, the whole stadium was screaming. Stewart was level with Barcia’s rear fender as the clock ticked down to zero. On the final lap, a lapped rider briefly held Stewart up and the final lap clash never happened.
At the checkered flag, Anderson picked up his fourth straight win, earning his seventh win of 2022. Sexton was close but not within striking distance of a victory and capped the season with a second-place finish. Barcia clinched the final podium spot of the year to the sound of a crowd that didn’t approve of the pass that got him there. On the podium, Barcia made the move his own and reminded the crowd that a season-long podium spot was at stake in the high-pressure sport that awards handsome bonuses for top results. As it stands, Stewart’s fourth place finish was enough to earn him that third place overall for the season, and a bonus, for the year.
The 2022 450SX class season ended with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac nursing an injury in the final race, claiming his second premier class title. Jason Anderson finished second in the season with seven wins, eclipsing his 2018 championship year with 4 wins. And in the closely contested battle, Stewart clinched third place overall in the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.
Nate Thrasher saved the best for last with a final round win. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
The 250SX class races in Utah were just as intense. The final class race brought the two regional divisions to the track in Dave Coombs Sr.’s second of two East/West showdowns in 2022. With the title on the line, Craig fired the holeshot, but Hunter Lawrence of the he Honda HRC team was quickly past and ahead. Lawrence needed a win and needed Craig to finish fifteenth or worse to claim the title. The surprise came when Nate Thrasher started to pressure Craig for second place early in the race. Thrasher took the place and in about a lap also passed Lawrence and in the lead. The top three held steady until Craig crashed into the corner after the whoops. Craig quickly recovered and raced conservatively to eighth place to secure the title. Thrasher won the night with a solid win ahead of Lawrence and Utah Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown.
The Salt Lake City event also hosted two unique races. In the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship, Team Honda HRC’s Chance Hymas won the title in the series that exposes top amateur racers to stadium events. Additionally, the KTM Junior Supercross, presented by Wells Fargo, hosted a championship round pitting ten winners from previous events against each other throughout the season on identically prepared e-racing bikes. Nixon Meineke claimed victory at this event aboard a KTM SX-E 5. The event also gave stronger promotion to the online auction which benefits the Children’s Research Hospital partnership St.Jude. The auction marks the racing series’ sixth year of partnership; auctions end Monday, May 9.and
The items available in the auction can be viewed directly on http://est.event.stjude.org/SUPERCROSS or at SupercrossLIVE.com/stjude.
The 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season delivered intense racing action, thrills, surprises and ultimately the resurgence of a former champion and the crowning of two new champions. The Supercross season runs from January to May each year and will field riders again in early 2023 to provide more great racing for motorsports fans. All events were broadcast live in 2022 and replays can be seen on Peacock. For highlight videos, full race results and early information on the 2023 season when it becomes available, check in at SupercrossLIVE.com now and as the 2023 season nears.
450SX class podium (riders from left to right) Chase Sexton, Jason Anderson and Justin Barcia. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
450SX Class Results
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
2. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Florida, Honda
3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
4. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna
5. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
6. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, KTM
7. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, NC, Honda
8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, NJ, Suzuki
9. Justin Starling, Deland, Fla., GASGAS
10. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha
Final 450SX Class Championship standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colorado, Yamaha (359)
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (350)
3. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna (314)
4. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (305)
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, FL, GASGAS (302)
6. Chase Sexton, Clermont, FL, Honda (292)
7. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, KTM (278)
8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, NJ, Suzuki (178)
9. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, NC, Honda (176)
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna (152)
250SX class podium (riders from left to right) Hunter Lawrence, Nate Thrasher and Pierce Brown. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Showdown Results
1. Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tennessee, Yamaha
2. Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda
3. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
4. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Florida, Husqvarna
5. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, CA, Kawasaki
6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Missouri, Kawasaki
7. Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Fla., GASGAS
8. Christian Craig, Temecula, CA, Yamaha
9. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., GASGAS
10. Jalek Swoll, Clermont, FL, Husqvarna
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Final Standings
1. Christian Craig, Temecula, CA, Yamaha (230)
2. Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (220)
3. Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Fla., GASGAS (197)
4. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, CA, Kawasaki (162)
5. Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tennessee, Yamaha (152)
6. Vince Friese, Menifee, CA, Honda (150)
7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, AR, GASGAS (120)
8. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha (117)
9. Robbie Wageman, Newhall, CA, Yamaha (109)
10. Jalek Swoll, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (106)
250SX Class Eastern Regional Championship Final Standings
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda (192)
2. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, FL, Husqvarna (158)
3. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (149)
4. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, TX, Honda (132)
5. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, NC, Yamaha (117)
6. Jordan Smith, Ochlocknee, GA, Honda (116)
7. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (114)
8. Jace Owen, Mattoon, Ill., Yamaha (101)
9. Austin Forkner, Richards, Missouri, Kawasaki (98)
10. Derek Drake, Lake Elsinore, Caif., Suzuki (88)
Futures 250SX class podium (riders from left to right) Ryder DiFrancesco, Chance Hymas and Gavin Towers. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Futures 250SX Class Results
1. Luck Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda
2. Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, CA, Kawasaki
3. Gavin Towers, Venetia, Pennsylvania, Yamaha
4. Luke Kalaitzian, Sun Valley, Calif., Honda
5. Rush Chapman, Concord, North Carolina, Yamaha
6. Ayden Shive, Dade City, Fla., KTM
7. Hunter Cross, Discovery Bay, CA, Yamaha
8. Dylan Cunha, Modesto, CA, Kawasaki
9. Greye Tate, Buford, GA, Yamaha
10. Rylan Smith, Sharpsburg, GA, Kawasaki