News 12 Feb 2022

Anaheim 3 final qualifying led by Anderson and Craig

Late lap the benchmark from Monster Energy Kawasaki rider.

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Qualifying at Anaheim 3 has been led by Jason Anderson in 450SX this afternoon, with Christian Craig proving dominant so far today in 250SX West.

A lap in the closing moments saw Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Anderson take the top spot with a flying 56.700s lap-time, which placed him 0.072s ahead of Eli Tomac.

Red plate-holder Tomac was first into the 56s before Anderson struck, the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha rider ending the session in P2.

Tomac ended up ahead of Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC), Malcolm Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), courtesy of his time atop the leaderboard in Q1 earlier.

Next up came Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM), with seventh a solid result for Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), the top 10 completed by Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas), Shane McElrath (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS) and Justin Brayton (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda).

Notably outside of the top 10 was defending champion Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) in P12, with Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) one spot further back in 13th.

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Current points-leader Craig was comfortably quickest in both of this afternoon’s timed 250SX West sessions, ultimately setting the benchmark at 56.813s late in Q2 – a full second clear of the field.

Behind him, Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) dipped into the 57s with just minutes remaining, a couple of tenths up on Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull GasGas), who in turn was closely followed by Craig’s Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha teammate Nate Thrasher and winner of last week, Hunter Lawrence (Team Honda HRC).

The top 10 was completed by Garrett Marchbanks (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), Vince Friese (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda), Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), then AJE Motorsport KTM duo Carson Brown and Derek Kelley.

Detailed results