Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac victorious at Indianapolis, extends his series lead to 51 points

Eli Tomac MAIN PICTURE Indy SX (678)

That’s four wins in-a-row for Tomac, first time since 2017 that’s happened in the premier 450 class; Monster Energy’s Cameron McAdoo takes 2nd in 250cc race

CORONA, CA – March 21, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Premier 450cc class point leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) made it four wins in-a-row on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour, putting a late race pass on Justin Barcia (Gas-Gas) and surviving a couple last-lap miscues at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium for victory on Saturday. And in 250cc class racing Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo placed 2nd, keeping him in 2nd place overall in the Eastern Supercross (ESX) standings.

Tomac’s fourth-consecutive win, which is the first time a rider has won four straight on the tour since 2017, was the 43rd of his career – putting him one win behind all-time SX 4th place wins racer Chad Reed (44 wins). In addition, Tomac’s 255 total points and 51-point lead in the overall 450 class standings is the largest margin over 2nd place – Jason Anderson (Monster Energy/Kawasaki) and Barcia, both at 204 points – following 11 rounds of racing through the past two decades.

“I’m liking the position we’re in,” said Tomac. “Thanks to the Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha team.”

Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton would also make the top five at Indy, placing 4th in the 450 main event while Anderson, who led the race early, wound up in 6th place after a rough get together with Barcia. Kyle Chisholm (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) would also make the top ten in the 250 class, placing 7th.

Eli Tomac podium Indy SX

450 Podium Indianapolis SX – Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac

450 class heat racing highlights

Chase Sexton action Indy SX

Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton

  • Anderson, with some of the faster laps in timed qualifying earlier in the day, got out of the start in the opening 450 heat race in 3rd. He quickly got past Vince Friese (Honda) for 2nd, then past Marvin Musquin (KTM) for the lead – all before two laps were completed.
  • Sexton, who was held up in the first turn of Heat 1, quickly got into a transfer position (7th), and stayed on the gas as he pursued Anderson and the rest of the leaders.
  • While Anderson clicked off fast laps, his lead grew to more than five seconds with one minute and one lap remaining in Heat 1.
  • Late in the heat Sexton would briefly stall his bike, then rallied and blazed past Dean Wilson (Husqvarna) and Musquin – going from 4th to 2nd – on the final lap.
  • Said Anderson following his Heat 1 win: “I’m ready to battle (in the main event). Track’s rutted and Eli’s (Tomac) gonna make it quick.”
  • Heat 2 in the 450 class saw Tomac get out in a conservative 4th place, then caught defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Cooper Webb (KTM) for 3rd place with about four minutes remaining in the race.
  • With 30 seconds remaining in Heat 2 Tomac was onto Malcolm Stewart (Husqvarna) and race leader Barcia, moved briefly into 2nd past Stewart, but played it safe and finished in 3rd to transfer to the main.

450 Main Event

The top starting gate pick for Monster Energy racers would go to Anderson, who qualified in the No. 1 position (Sexton with the 3rd gate pic and Tomac selecting 6th). Anderson got an excellent start, moving to 2nd place on the second turn while Tomac (4th) and Sexton (9th) were also in the top ten on the lead lap. Tomac would be the first Monster Energy racer to move up, catching Stewart and easily getting into 3rd place. At the 12:27 mark Anderson, who was shadowing race leader Barcia, would capitalize off an error from the leader and shoot into the lead. Anderson, who’s tops in the class with 69 laps led this year, would only enjoy that lead for a few moments as Barcia came back – hard – colliding with Anderson and sending the Monster Energy/Kawasaki racer to the ground. … Tomac would inherit 2nd place following the Barcia/Anderson incident, while Sexton moved into the top five. With just under five minutes remaining, and having shadowed Barcia for several laps, Tomac went railing by the Gas-Gas racer in a rhythm section, taking a high line through the ensuing bowl turn and hitting the power hard out of the turn – so that Barcia couldn’t direct his bike onto him (Tomac) as well. Clear of Barcia, Tomac led the pack that also featured fellow Monster Energy racers Sexton (5th) and Anderson (7th). A crash by Stewart in the whoops would give Sexton (4th) and Anderson (6th) each a spot as Tomac cruised to the win, albeit a bit sketchy in the final moments of the race.

Said Tomac: “It was shaky the last couple laps. Thankfully, I was in control before that. The second-to-last lap I had a big moment in the whoops. And that last one (lap) I missed that entire rhythm section. I’m like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m about to throw this away.’ It was a night of patience.”

250 class heat race highlights

Cameron McAdoo action Indy SX

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo

  • In the opening 250 heat race McAdoo yanked a clean holeshot and lead, holding the power on the longest and braking the least.
  • At the halfway mark McAdoo was up 2.2 seconds on 2nd place RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna).
  • The Californian cruised to the easy heat victory, which was actually his first heat win of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season (and 8th career 250 heat win).
  • Said McAdoo of the tricky Indy track conditions: “It’s already rutted and that was only Heat 1. Man, it’s (the 250 main event) gonna be exciting. This track is gonna keep us on our toes.”
  • In Heat 2 Chisholm survived the first turn carnage that collected series point leader Jett Lawrence (Honda). Chisholm would run in 2nd place early.
  • A Pierce Brown (Honda) crash in the whoops would allow Chisholm to take over the race lead, which he held until the last lap before getting passed by an inspired Lawrence. Chisholm would hold onto 2nd, his best heat race finish of the year, to transfer to the main.
  • In the 250 Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) Monster Energy-backed Hardy Munoz, the young/great Chilean racer and former Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship winner, was able to transfer to the main in the 4th and final spot – battling Philip Nicoletti (Yamaha) to a thrilling finish on the last lap. This would lead to Munoz’s second 250 main event of the season (also Daytona).

250 Main Event

McAdoo, the No. 1 qualifier, took the starting position right next to the AMA’s doghouse, then bolted cleanly out of the start in 2nd position – right behind Lawrence. At the 12:15 mark McAdoo was still in tight on Lawrence, a good sign, which allowed for a clean pass at the 11:30 mark. “The roles are reversed now and the pressure is on Cameron McAdoo,” said race announcer Ricky Carmichael of McAdoo’s pass on Lawrence. McAdoo would open up a .68 second lead, then extend it to more than a second with 9:50 to go in the contest. … With Chisholm holding solidly in 7th place, McAdoo pushed things up front – opening up a near two-second (1.97) lead on Lawrence. The top two 250 ESX point leaders would soon run into lapped traffic and Lawrence took advantage of this, getting back past McAdoo in the whoop section and sealing the pass in the sand. At the checkers it’d be McAdoo in a strong 2nd place, with Chisholm holding on to 7th.

Said McAdoo: “I’m kinda bummed, but I can’t act like I lost my dog up here. It’s definitely confidence-inspiring. I learned that I need to tighten things up in some areas. I missed a rhythm section after the whoops too many times. We’ll take a couple weeks, work hard, and maybe we can fight a little harder, a little longer next time.”

Overall 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Points (through 11 rounds)

450 class

Eli Tomac headshot Indy SX

Eli Tomac


2nd Anderson (-51)

7th Sexton (-72)

8th Ferrandis (-114)

250 class (SX East)

Cameron McAdoo headshot Indy SX

Cameron McAdoo

2ndCameron McAdoo (-11)

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1 Comment

  1. The past few seasons how shown me that (1) Barcia is a dirty rider and will take out anyone he can – given the chance… and (2) maybe everyone who considers RC “the goat” should reconsider. The things RC has said regarding “doing what you have to do” when the championship is on the line really disappoints me. Intentionally taking out another rider is never acceptable. I have lost a lot of respect for RC.. as far as barcia goes – I never had any…

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