News 29 Jan 2022

Craig back on top to extend 250SX advantage at A2

Overcomes title challenger Mosiman to stamp his authority on the class.

Image: Octopi Media.

Points-leader Christian Craig extended with a third 250SX class win of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season at Anaheim 2, stamping his authority on the series in convincing fashion.

There was no stopping Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Craig on his way to a third victory in four races, overcoming longtime leader Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull GasGas) to stand atop the podium.

It was Vince Friese (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) who led initially before Mosiman made his way by, with Craig giving chase from outside of the podium positions. The red plate-holder made his way into P2 by lap four and then made a move stick on Mosiman on lap 10, stretching away from there to win by 2.948s.

Mosiman wasn’t quite at the level of Craig on his way to the runner-up, while behind them, Lawrence made it four-straight podiums in third tonight, but only after Friese crashed in the whoops with two laps to run and was struck by Jo Shimoda, who also went down.

Unfortunately for Friese, he wasn’t able to remount after showing genuine pace throughout the round, while Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda – again affected on a luckless evening – managed his way back to seventh position.

With Lawrence salvaging third, fourth came Nate Thrasher (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), comfortably ahead of the improving Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Carson Brown (AEO Powersports KTM) starred in claiming sixth ahead of Shimoda.

The top 10 was completed by Carson Mumford (BarX Suzuki) over Robbie Wageman (Team Solitaire Nuclear Blast Yamaha) and Derek Kelley (AEO Powersports KTM).

Craig maintains the lead in the 250SX West point-standings, now by 11 points over Lawrence, with Mosiman a further three in arrears entering the Glendale Triple Crown next Saturday night.

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