450cc class point leader comes from behind to win Detroit main event; Monster Energy’s Cameron McAdoo takes 2nd in 250cc race, remains 2nd overall in points
CORONA, CA – March 14, 2022 (Motor Sports NewsWire) – In front of a packed house at Detroit’s Ford Field Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) made it three wins in a row on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour, overcoming a mediocre start and passing Jason Anderson (Monster Energy/Kawasaki) at the main event’s midway point – never looking back en route to the decisive victory. The premier 450cc class win for Tomac, the 42nd of his career, moved him past Monster Energy-backed Ryan Villopoto and into 5th place on the all-time supercross victory list.
And in 250cc class racing in Detroit Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo continued to shine on the podium, placing 2nd and staying within overall striking distance of Eastern Supercross (ESX) point leader Jett Lawrence (Honda).
450 Podium Detroit SX, Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac
450 class heat racing highlights
Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson
- Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton (Honda) got things off to a bang in the opening 450 heat race, pulling the holeshot over Tomac and taking the early race lead.
- Tomac would quickly cut into the second-year 450 class racer’s lead, taking advantage of a Sexton mistake at the end of the whoop section that resulted in a (Sexton) crash.
- Tomac would then cruise to the Heat 1 victory, his 36th career heat race win. Sexton would be able to remount and hold onto 2nd place at the Heat 1 checkers.
- Said Tomac: “The track’s decidedly sticky in parts, pulls the bike around a lot. It’s going to be a game of patience in the main event tonight.”
- Heat 2 featured Anderson and Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha), with Anderson getting out in 4th place on the start.
- Two laps in Anderson moved up onto defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Cooper Webb, who was racing in 3rd Ferrandis, who had been held up in first lap traffic, had now moved up to a main event transferring 6th place.
- Nearing the end of the timed portion of the heat race Anderson was able to set up and get past Webb for 2nd place, while Ferrandis moved up to 5th.
- Moments later Ferrandis would come up short on a jump in the rhythm section, which violently ripped the handlebars out of his hands. Miraculously, Ferrandis would gather his composure, losing only one spot, and transferred to the main in 6th
450 Main Event
Monster Energy racers would nab three of the top four gate pics for the main out of the qualifiers (Tomac 2nd, Anderson 3rd and Sexton 4th). … Off the start Tomac got nudged out of the lead bikes, and did his best to stay upright, although back in 8th place. … Anderson would get past Webb early on, battling intensely for a couple laps with Justin Barcia (Gas-Gas) and Marvin Musquin (KTM) as well. … At the 17:03 mark Anderson would get past Justin Bogle (Suzuki) for 2nd place, then into the race lead on the ensuing lap (past Barcia). … While Anderson moved up front, Tomac was making quick work of the racers Anderson had already passed, moving ahead of Webb for 3rd and Barcia for 2nd. … “He’s the fastest guy on the track – in traffic even,” said race announcer Ricky Carmichael of Tomac’s main event run through the field up toward Anderson. … Tomac would eventually track Anderson down, making up a .6 second deficit to take the lead at the 10:36 mark. Anderson would hang tough with Tomac and the two separated themselves from the rest of the pack with some precise and highly fast riding. … As Sexton moved up, and worked to put a pass on Webb, the defending champ made a costly mistake – for both him and Sexton – trying to triple a jump section out of a corner that no one had done all night. Webb cased the landing and, with nowhere to go in the air, Sexton came down and landed on Webb, sending both riders hard to the ground – and out of the race. … Moments later Anderson would fold the front end of his KX450F into the hard pack Detroit dirt, ending his night of racing as well. … And if that wasn’t enough bad luck for the Monster Energy racers at Ford Field, Ferrandis went down – and had to leave the race as well. … Tomac, though, would race on – unscathed – and took the checkers by a comfortable 3.5 seconds over Malcolm Stewart (Husqvarna).
Said Tomac: “It was one of the toughest tracks I’ve ever raced. I made a move early, then felt like everything got wild after that.”
Added Carmichael: “Eli Tomac is on another level right now.”
250 class heat race highlights
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Kyle Chisholm
- With both Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin and Levi Kitchen on the sidelines with injuries, team officials elevated veteran privateer racer Kyle Chisholm to the team.
- Chisholm wasted no time in launching his factory YZ250F to the front of the pack in Heat 2, coming around the opening lap in 4th place, with McAdoo close behind in 5th.
- On lap two McAdoo would get past Chisholm, then made one of the better saves of the year when he avoided RJ Hampshire’s (Husqvarna) crash, and moved into 2nd
- Battling a reported knee injury, McAdoo continued to battle, chasing Heat 2 leader Lawrence while holding off Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda).
- At the Heat 2 checkers McAdoo would make the podium in 2nd place, with Chisholm getting 4th – his best heat finish of the season.
250 Main Event
Chisholm would rip a great start, up as high as 2nd place before settling into 4th position (McAdoo in 7th). … Five points back of Detroit race leader Lawrence in the overall 250 ESX point chase, McAdoo would quickly get by Chisholm, then past Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna) for 3rd. … Chisholm would make a mistake on lap three that sent him outside the top ten. … At the race’s halfway point McAdoo and 2nd place rider Pierce Brown (Gas-Gas) were engaged in an awesome battle before what looked to be a missed shift by Brown in the start of the whoop section caused him to come up short on a jump. McAdoo went flying by for 2nd place. … McAdoo would finish just over six seconds back of race winner Lawrence in 2nd place, while Brown was four seconds back of McAdoo. Chisholm would place 12th in his debut ride for Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha.
Said McAdoo: “I had a bit of an issue at the start and Jett’s riding really well. … I can’t let him (Lawrence) get away like that. I’m honestly pretty unhappy with the first seven to eight minutes of the race. I need to put myself in a better position at the start of the race. … I made too many mistakes and let Jett have too much clean air. He’s riding phenomenally and I’ve gotta start up with him to make it happen.”
Overall 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Points (through ten rounds)
1st – Tomac
2nd – Anderson (-42)
6th – Sexton (-65)
8th – Ferrandis (-88)
250 class (SX East)
2nd – Cameron McAdoo (-8)
10th – Martin (-57)
Round 11 of 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross will be at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium this Saturday, March 19th. More information can be found at www.supercrosslive.com
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