That’s a career-best 5 wins in a season for Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson; Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawi’s Austin Forkner gets first win of ‘22
CORONA, CA – April 25, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Scoring his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross main event win in a row, and a career-best 5th in a season, Jason Anderson (Monster Energy/Kawasaki) continued to battle and stall fellow Monster Energy-backed racer Eli Tomac’s (Star Racing/Yamaha) charge to secure the premier 450cc class title before season’s end. Anderson was joined on Saturday’s podium at the home of the New England Patriots – Gillette Stadium – by Monster Energy-backed Chase Sexton (Honda), who placed 2nd.
With the victory for Anderson, coupled with Tomac’s 7th place finish, means that, should Anderson be able to win at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High next Saturday (April 16), Tomac would have to finish 6th or better to wrap up the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship – a race early.
“It’s a bummer for me because I want to be in the position he (Tomac) is in, or at least giving him a harder time,” said Anderson. “But I’m going to make him take it another week and help him out and let him do it in his home state of Colorado.”
Anderson continued: “It’s a good win for me. I’m just trying to get better and better. I have a goal in sight and I’m working towards it. It’s nice to see come success along the way.”
Joining Anderson on the top step of the rostrum in the support 250cc Eastern Supercross (ESX) class was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner. Forkner’s first win of the season, and 12th of his career, put him into the overall ESX top ten (9th) despite missing four races with a broken collarbone.
Also noteworthy at Foxborough was Monster Energy’s Supercross Futures racer, Chance Hymas (Honda), who won the young, up-and-coming racers’ exhibition contest by 35 seconds.
250 Foxborough podium. Center: Monster Energy’s Austin Forkner
450 class qualifying
Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton
- In his opening comments, NBC race announcer Ricky Carmichael said: “I think Jason Anderson is the man to beat tonight.”
- Anderson, the No. 2 fastest qualifier (behind No. 1 Sexton), pulled a solid start in the opening heat race, coming around the first lap in 3rd.
- Early on Anderson and defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Cooper Webb (KTM) would swap the No. 2 position, 1.9 seconds back of Heat 1 leader Marvin Musquin (KTM).
- Solidly in 2nd at the 3:53 mark of Heat 1, Anderson would force his way past Musquin, then one corner later he’d (Anderson) tuck the front end, hit the dirt and relinquish the lead.
- “He’s (Anderson) out in the moon dirt… although I’ve never been to the moon,” said Carmichael of the soft, silty-like soil in the outside lane that claimed Anderson. Anderson would re-mount and place 2nd in Heat 1, and had a heat-best 50.344 lap time.
- In the second 450 heat race Sexton pulled the holeshot and bolted with the lead. Tomac would come out in 2nd place and was in hot pursuit of Sexton.
- By lap three Sexton was 1.8 seconds up on Tomac and continued to charge through the checkers for the win. Sexton leads all 450 class racers with five heat wins on the season.
- Said Sexton: “This is my first time at Gillette Stadium. Obviously the crashes aren’t fun (referring to previous races), but I’m enjoying the journey. Crowd’s great here and I’m looking forward to the main event.”
- Added Tomac (regarding his chase for the overall 450 title): “My strategy is to charge forward and try to win this thing. But the same time I can’t take too many risks… like leaving here with the points actually being worse.”
450 Main Event
Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson
The three Monster Energy racers in the 450 main – Tomac, Anderson and Sexton – all got out to clean starts in pursuit of race leader Webb. … With Tomac in 2nd place, Anderson pushed the issue in a corner, knowing he had nothing to lose in pursuit of the overall point leader. The action forced Tomac to cross-rut his bike, which subsequently stalled, and Tomac was out of the chase for the race win in Foxborough. … With Anderson in 2nd, Sexton quickly moved up to 3rd. Anderson would rocket past Webb out of the whoop section and into the lead at the 15:48 mark. … Anderson leading and Sexton in 3rd, Sexton would get past Webb in the same spot on the track – and Monster Energy racers were now running 1st and 2nd. … At the halfway point Tomac would move past Webb and into 4th place, still some seven seconds back of Anderson. … At the checkers it’d be Anderson in 1st, with Sexton 4.3 seconds back in 2nd place. Tomac would ride conservatively and save points with a 7th place finish at Foxborough.
Said Sexton: “I had a really good race. Jason (Anderson) was riding well. We both dealt with lappers (lapped traffic), but he (Anderson) did a better job with that. Gotta keep grinding and go for it at the last two races… have some fun.”
Noteworthy: Anderson’s win was the first for the Kawasaki brand at Gillette Stadium.
250 class qualifying
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Kyle Chisholm
- With no Monster Energy-backed racers in the ESX Heat 1 qualifying round, Heat 2 opened with Forkner getting held up at the start of the race (the result of a first turn pile up).
- Breaking through safely with the holeshot in the Heat 2 start was Kyle Chisholm (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha), who piloted his YZ250F up to the lead position.
- The 34-year-old Chisholm, who had never won a Monster Energy AMA Supercross heat race (or main event for that matter) in his career clicked off some fast laps up front, with Monster Energy-backed Hardy Munoz (Kawasaki) also charging towards the race leaders.
- Prior to the Foxborough 250 heat races Chisholm, a longtime privateer racer, had this to say about the opportunity to race with the factor-backed Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha team: “I’m definitely getting more comfortable with it. The bike’s amazing and I just love getting in-tune with it.”
- And in-tune he was, taking the checkers in his first-ever ESX heat race win. Munoz would score and excellent 3rd place podium finish in the heat and Forkner would transfer to the main as well, surviving a gnarly get together with Josh Varize (Husqvarna) and placing 5th.
- Said Chisholm: “I’ve won some big races overseas and in other countries. And I know this is just a heat race, but man this is awesome. Now I’m ready for the main event. Let’s do it.”
250 Main Event
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner
The fastest qualifier on the afternoon, Forkner, got out in 7th place at the start of Foxborough’s 250 main event, with Chisholm in 6th after the first lap. … Forkner would move into the top five at the 12:58 mark, right behind Chisholm (who was running in 4th). … Some seven seconds behind race leader Pierce Brown (Gas Gas), Forkner continued to put up the fast laps, passing Chisholm and moving into podium position (3rd) at the 9:30 mark. … With Chisholm dropping back to 6th, Forkner locked in with ESX series point leader Jett Lawrence (Honda) and the two set sail for Brown. … Wicking up the race pace rapidly, Forkner and Lawrence put on a show, getting past a fallen RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) and now within a couple seconds of Brown. … As the two (Forkner and Lawrence) battled, Lawrence got a slight advantage in a corner, and Forkner had to leave the track – so as not to get knocked down. Forkner regained his momentum and somehow managed to stay ahead of Lawrence, with Brown only 1.3 second ahead with 2:00 plus one lap to go. … One lap later Forkner would be onto Brown, catching the Utahan for the lead in a sprint out of the rhythm section. … With one lap remaining Forkner was 1.3 seconds up on Lawrence, who made a spirited charge for the win, but came up short to Forkner at the checkers. … Chisholm would hold on for 5th.
Said Forkner: “What’s it been, maybe two years since I’ve won a supercross race? Fun coming back (from injury) today and winning, carrying that momentum into the last two races.”
Overall 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Points (through 15 rounds)
1st – Tomac
2nd – Anderson
6th – Sexton
250 class (SX East)
1st – Forkner
6th – Cameron McAdoo
9th – Austin Forkner
2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross next stops at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday, April 30, for the penultimate round 16 of the series. Tickets are available online at www.supercrosslive.com
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