Direct updates from round 13 of the season at The Dome at America's Center.
Follow the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross Championship with direct updates from round 13 of the season at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis through Racefeed.
Times set in the earlier qualifying session proved quicker as 250SX East returned this afternoon and, in the end, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire was fastest courtesy of leading practice one. Hampshire posted a 56.360s lap-time to lead red plate-holder Jett Lawrence’s (Team Honda HRC) 53.996s, as veteran Kyle Chisholm was P3 in another appearance at Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha. The top five was completed by Mitchell Oldenburg (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) and Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas), while Michael Hicks (KTM), Jordon Smith (Fire Power Honda Racing), Jace Owen (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), his teammate Enzo Lopes and Joshua Varize (Husqvarna) were in positions six through 10.
With the track deteriorating as the day wears on, setting the 450SX pace was Malcom Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) at 53.102s, marginally ahead of Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM), Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and runaway points-leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) – all of those riders at 53.1s. Fifth on the charts was Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas), who in turn led Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) and Justin Brayton (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) as the final riders in the 53s. The top 10 was made up of Justin Bogle (Twisted Tea Suzuki), Vince Friese (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) and Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna). In 11th, Benny Bloss (Team Tedder Monster Energy) notably made his return in a solid performance.
250SX race one:
While the field has thinned out coming into this weekend, the opening race of the night produced action aplenty. It was Hampshire who led early from Oldenburg and Smith, but the attention quickly turned to Varize and Brown crashing, which forced the latter out with a technical issue. Fastest from this afternoon, Hampshire then went down while still leading at halfway and by that time, Lawrence had recovered from a slow start to take over at the front soon afterwards. From there, Lawrence won comfortably, 5.321s up on Hampshire, who overcame Oldenburg for the runner-up position. Chisholm was next best ahead of Phil Nicoletti (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), with Smith, Kyle Peters (Phoenix Racing Honda), Owen, Hicks and Ramyller Alves (KTM) were the top 10 finishers.
450SX race one:
The first 450SX race of the night saw Sexton recover from a quiet effort in qualifying to get out front from the outset and stay there. The lone factory Honda rider was four seconds clear of Musquin in the end, with top-qualifier Stewart managing to hold Tomac at bay in the closing stages and keep P3. That left Barcia by himself in fifth, as Anderson was sixth despite falling mid-race and not losing any positions. MotoConcepts duo Brayton and Vince Friese were next in line, with Brandon Hartranft (Twisted Tea Suzuki) and Ryan Breece (Yamaha) ninth and 10th. Unfortunately for Wilson, he crashed heavily in the opening laps and appeared injured, ending his outing prematurely, as did Alex Martin (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha).
250SX race two:
The initial start was red-flagged while Lawrence was leading at halfway after Peters went down, requiring immediate medical attention. In that portion, Brown again experienced bike troubles that ruled him out and he wasn’t permitted to line-up for the restart. Once they did get going again, Hampshire led the opening five laps and put up a fight, but Lawrence was too strong, making his way by and going to win again with over six seconds up his sleeve. It was a repeat of the race one podium as Lawrence led Hampshire and Oldenburg, with Chisholm and Smith the top five. The top 10 were Lopes, Varize, Owen, Derek Drake (BarX Suzuki) and Nicoletti.
450SX race two:
A win from Musquin in the second race put him in prime position for the overall tonight, but it was third from Sexton that will keep both in close proximity going into the final outing. In between them, Anderson was solid for second, which also increases his hopes for at least a podium on the night. Fourth and fifth was once again Tomac, followed by Barcia, with places six through 10 including Friese, Brayton, Hartranft, Bogle and Fredrik Noren (KTM). A high-profile non-finisher was Stewart, but he’s intending on returning for the final race after walking off any leg pain he was displaying, while Wilson didn’t return, nor did Martin – night over for both.
250SX race three:
In what looked to be a perfect night for Lawrence, an error in the final race allowed Hampshire to steal his thunder as he went on to win the final main event and overall. It was Brown who led in the early stages before Hampshire took control – the former falling around that same point – and behind him came Nicoletti, who in turn was ahead of Chisholm. Fourth was another convincing ride from Oldenburg, while Lawrence charged from the back of the pack to P5, leading Brown, Drake, Varize, Owen and John Short (Honda). Overall, however, it was Hampshire who brought home his first-career 250SX victory, joined on the podium by Lawrence and Oldenburg. The standings are still led by Lawrence, 34 points clear of Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) despite him being injured yesterday, with Hampshire a further seven markers back in third.
450SX race three:
The final gate-drop of the round in 450SX saw Tomac power away at the front to a 6.845s win and to become the third different rider to do so tonight, however, it was Musquin who held strong for the overall in his and Red Bull KTM’s first of the year. Finishing P2 in the final moto ahead of opening race winner Sexton was enough to seal the deal, while fourth was Barcia ahead of Anderson. Stewart managed to return for race three and rode to sixth place, beating Brayton, Bogle, Hartranft and Friese the top 10. Overall, Musquin made it count on top of the podium ahead of Sexton and Tomac, who also wrapped up the Triple Crown for the season on 73 points. The championship tally has Tomac 56 points ahead of Anderson, with Barcia another six behind in third position.