Michael Mosiman Nabs His First Victory in 250SX Class
SAN DIEGO, CA – January 23, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Chase Sexton of Team Honda HRC earned his career-first Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Class win in front 41,902 cheering fans inside Petco Park in downtown San Diego.
Monster Energy Supercross returned to Petco Park following a two-year hiatus. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Sexton’s victory marked the third different winner in as many rounds of the 2022 Supercross series. Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac followed Sexton over the line with his best finish of the year, moving the 2020 champion into the points lead. Tomac’s teammate Dylan Ferrandis also nabbed his first podium finish of the year with a charge forward from a mid-pack start. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman held strong under pressure to grab his first Supercross win with a wire-to-wire victory.
Chase Sexton had the start, the speed, and the composure to grab his career-first 450SX Class win. He and other racers flew military-inspired graphics and gear at the Military Appreciation round. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Sexton grabbed the holeshot in the 450SX Class Main Event but gave up the early lead to Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. Three minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race, Sexton cut back under Musquin and from there steadily pulled away from the pack. Behind him, Tomac pushed past Musquin but could not gain on Sexton on the slick San Diego soil. Defending champion Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb and opening round winner Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen traded positions as they both overtook Musquin before five minutes had ticked off the clock.
Round 2 winner Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson was on the move early. He made quick passes on his way forward and took advantage of a tip-over by Roczen. Anderson found his way into second at the race’s halfway point and looked to have the track speed to reel in Sexton. Then smoke began to seep from his bike. As power drained from his engine the 2018 champion was forced to limp his bike to the finish, eventually carding eighth place.
Anderson’s setback handed Tomac and Ferrandis each their first podium finishes of the year. It earned Tomac enough points to push the Yamaha rider into the championship points lead. Webb put in a late charge on Ferrandis but did not have enough time and settled for fourth. Right on Webb’s rear wheel at the end, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Malcolm Stewart duplicated his best finish of the season with a fifth place result.
The incredible parity of the season has Tomac in the points lead with no wins, and Webb tied for second place, only one point back, also with no wins yet. Sexton shares second spot with Webb courtesy of his San Diego victory. Sexton was the fifth different San Diego winner in the last five races at the venue. Three rounds into the 2022 season only fourteen points separate the top ten riders, making 2022 the closest title chase in the sport’s history at this point in the series.
Michael Mosiman secures his first career 250SX Class victory in convincing fashion, never relinquishing his lead on the field. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Michael Mosiman grabbed the holeshot ahead of a first turn pile-up that collected several of the class’ top racers. Team Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence pulled in right behind and paced Mosiman for much of the Main Event. After a few looks at the lead, and with less than two minutes left on the race clock, Lawrence got sideways in the whoops then crashed into the back of Mosiman’s bike and went down. Lawrence remounted but Mosiman held on for his first 250SX Class victory.
The stadium crowd split its attention between the battle for the lead and the heroic charge of Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Christian Craig. Caught up in the first turn pile up, Craig was the last rider to remount. He advanced nineteen positions and salvaged a podium finish to retain his points lead. Also on the ground in turn one, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda made a great charge of his own, reaching fifth by 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, California. Tickets are on sale for the daytime FanFest and the night racing that has been spectacular this season. For the full schedule, ticket availability updates, and airtimes on Peacock, CNBC and USA Network please go to SupercrossLIVE.com.
450SX Class podium (riders left to right) Dylan Ferrandis, Chase Sexton, and Eli Tomac. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
450SX Class Results
- Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
- Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
- Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
- Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
450SX Class Championship Standings
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (59)
- Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (58)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (58)
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (56)
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (54)
- Aaron Plessinger, Leesburg, Fla., KTM (54)
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (52)
- Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (52)
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (47)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (45)
250SX Class podium (riders left to right) Christian Craig, Michael Mosiman, and Hunter Lawrence. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
- Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Fla., GASGAS
- Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
- Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
- Vince Friese, Menifee, Calif., Honda
- Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
- Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Suzuki
- Jalek Swoll, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
- Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha
- Cole Thompson, Brigden, ON, Yamaha
- Carson Brown, Ravensdale, Wash., KTM
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
- Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (73)
- Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (67)
- Michael Mosiman, Minneaola, Fla., GASGAS (62)
- Vince Friese, Menifee, Calif., Honda (54)
- Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (50)
- Seth Hammaker, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (44)
- Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha (44)
- Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Suzuki (39)
- Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha (37)
- Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., GASGAS (36)
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