Tomac goes 3rd-2nd-2nd to win the premier 450cc class, with Monster Energy’s Jason Anderson placing 2nd; Monster’s Jeremy Martin 2nd o/a to McAdoo
CORONA, CA – February 28, 2022 (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Well there’s nothing quite like Texas on a Saturday night as Monster Energy AMA Supercross racers packed the grandstands AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, for what was to be the second Triple Crown round of this year’s series. And as they’ve done multiple times this season already, Monster Energy racers swept the top overall spots in both the premier 450cc class – with Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) scoring the victory, making him 2-for-2 in Triple Crown races this year, as well as the 250cc class with Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) winning his first-ever Monster Energy AMA Supercross Triple Crown event.
Said Tomac of the third and final moto 2nd place finish that secured the overall Triple Crown win: “Once I got passed by Jason (Anderson, Monster Energy/Kawasaki) I stayed right on his back wheel. But knowing the point spread I just enjoyed the race from there.”
Added Anderson, who placed 2nd to Tomac at Dallas: “I was just ready to do battle… do whatever it takes in my power to win. It was really cool to race with Eli because we’ve been doing this for many years.” Anderson would overcome a first race crash with Malcolm Stewart (Husqvarna) to go 6th-1st-1st on the night.
With the victory Tomac increased his overall 450 class point lead on Anderson to six points, while McAdoo took over a share of the 250 point lead (with Honda’s Jett Lawrence) and Jeremy Martin (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) moved into 3rd place overall on the 250s with a 2nd place finish on Saturday in Texas.
450 Podium Dallas SX Center: Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac, right Monster Energy’s Jason Anderson
450 class race highlights
Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac
- In Race 1 Anderson would get past Justin Brayton (Honda) in the second corner for 2nd place, with Marvin Musquin (KTM) up front. A mistake by Anderson would put him back to 4th, with Tomac and Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton (Honda) in pursuit.
- Anderson would recapture 3rd early in the 12 minute + 1 lap race, then into 2nd at the 9:00 mark past Musquin (and in pursuit of Stewart). Sexton was up to 7th at this point, with Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis in 8th.
- Ferrandis would go down on the ensuing lap, catching the rear tire of the slower Brayton coming out of a corner. With Ferrandis on the ground Tomac would move up to 7th.
- Anderson continued his pursuit of Stewart, down to less than a second behind with 4:00 + 1 lap remaining. Then with five laps to go Anderson, in an attempt to pass on the inside of Stewart, collided with the Husqvarna racer – sending both down to the dirt. This allowed Sexton to move into 3rd place and Tomac 4th. Anderson would remount and salvage 6th, while Ferrandis would race back into the top ten (9th).
- 450 Race 2 would open with an Anderson holeshot, though Sexton would quickly steal the lead. Tomac ran ‘er up into 3rd, giving Monster Energy the 1st, 2nd and 3rd spots early on.
- At the 8:15 mark Tomac nearly got past Anderson, with the two position-swapping one lap later. Anderson would wrestle the 2nd spot back from Tomac, and made his way onto Sexton’s rear fender at the 6:05 mark.
- At 5:24 + 1 lap Anderson got by Sexton for the lead for good, with Monster Energy racers again enjoying the top three positions (1st Anderson, 2nd Sexton, and 3rd Tomac). Tomac would get past Sexton for 2nd, a key move in the end that foreshadowed the overall win.
- Late in Race 2 Ferrandis pulled off and incredible move to put his Yamaha YZ450F into the top five (5th). Sexton then held off a furious charge from defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Cooper Webb (KTM) for 3rd, with Anderson taking with win and Tomac placing 2nd.
- The third and final 450 Triple Crown race on the night Tomac got a great start and quickly took the lead from Shane McElrath (KTM). Anderson was then up onto McElrath, and took 2nd at the 10-minute mark. And chasing the Monster Energy lead riders were Ferrandis (5th) and Sexton (6th).
- Near the midpoint of Race 3 Anderson was onto Tomac and the two set out on a fun ‘cat & mouse’ pursuit for the fans. Knowing he didn’t have to win Race 3 in order to win the overall, Tomac conceded the lead to Anderson at the 5:17 mark, to which Anderson would cruise to the Race 3 victory from there.
- Ferrandis, who was running well, his the ground at the 4:09 mark, then got things going again in 7th Sexton would then go down, tucking the front end of his Honda CRF450R in a corner to avoid Stewart. At the final race’s checkers Anderson would take 1st, Tomac 2nd and Sexton 5th.
250 class race highlights
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin
- In 250 Triple Crown Race 1 action series point leader Jett Lawrence (Honda) would go down in turn two, taking Martin down with him. Austin Forkner (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) would pilot his KX250F through the mayhem and up into 2nd place (behind Husqvarna racer Stilez Robertson). Forkner would soon get past Robertson for the lead, with McAdoo getting past Robertson for 2nd at the race’s midway point.
- At the white flag it’d be Forkner in 1st and McAdoo in 2nd – and that’s the way they’d finish in Race 1.
- Said Forkner on the podium: “This (Triple Crown format events) is different than most supercross races. You definitely have something to think about , putting yourself in a good position after the first two races can get you up to do well in the third one (race).”
- Noteworthy from Race 1… Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Levi Kitchen suffered a rough get off and would be unable to answer the bell for the rest of the evening.
- In Race 2 Martin would get the best start of the Monster Energy 250 class racers, coming out of the tricky right hand start in 3rd place (with Forkner and McAdoo in 4th and 5th, respectively).
- McAdoo would get past his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Forkner with a clean pass coming out of a whoop section, which whipped up TV announcer Ricky Carmichael. “Man, Cameron McAdoo is just so fast through the whoops,” said Carmichael.
- At the 4:30 mark of Race 2 Forkner left the track briefly, but made a great save and didn’t lose a spot. Martin and McAdoo would put up near identical lap times for much of the race with Martin taking 2nd place, McAdoo 3rd and Forkner 4th – all behind race winner Lawrence.
- Off the start of Race 3 Forkner and Lawrence would get into it, with Lawrence getting the worst of it and coming out in dead last. Forkner salvaged a 7th place start, setting his sights on 1st place McAdoo and Martin, who was just a click ahead in 6th
- After Martin went down following a minor collision with Jace Owen (Yamaha), Forkner was up into 4th place and in hot pursuit of McAdoo when an unfathomable move by Lawrence, in which he cut the entire track – through the air off a triple jump – and collided, mid-air, with Forkner. Totally cross jumping into Forkner’s path, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racer went down – hard – and was unable to complete the race.
- McAdoo would cruise to the Race 3 win, taking the Triple Crown overall, with Martin nailing 3rd and 2nd place overall.
- Said McAdoo: “A crazy night of racing! Three-way tie heading into the final race with me, Austin (Forkner) and Jett. I really tried to lock in and get a good start, put in some good laps at the beginning and just really tried to ride my bike and have fun.”
- Said Martin, who saw the Forkner/Lawrence wreck out of the corner of his eye: “That was a heck of a collision there. I was like Oh. My. God. I hope they’re OK.”
Overall 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Points (through eight rounds)
1st – Tomac
2nd – Anderson (-6)
6th – Sexton (-35)
8th – Ferrandis (-53)
250 class (SX East)
1st Cameron McAdoo 47 points (tied with Jett Lawrence)
3rd – Martin (-5)
4th – Forkner (-8)
Round nine of 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross will be at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this Saturday, March 6th. More information can be found at www.supercrosslive.com
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