Features 23 Apr 2022

Racefeed: 2022 Supercross Rd15 Foxborough

Direct updates from round 15 of the season at Gillette Stadium.

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250SX qualifying:
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner set the fastest qualifying time of the 250SX East field. After an enthralling back-and-forth with series leader Jett Lawrence (Honda HRC), Forkner set a 50.649s lap time, compared to Lawrence’s 50.947s. RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing) rounded out third, followed by TLD Red Bull GasGas rider Pierce Brown, with Mitchell Oldenburg (SmarTop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda) rounding out the top five. Enzo Lopes (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), Kyle Chisholm (Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing), Jordon Smith (Fire Power Honda), Jace Owen (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) and Jarrett Frye (Fire Power Honda) completed the top 10 positions.

450SX qualifying:
Honda HRC racer Chase Sexton stormed to the top of the timing sheets on the last lap of qualifying, as he became the only rider to drop beneath the 50-second lap-time benchmark. Sexton’s late charge saw Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson’s 50.316s lap-time get down nudged to second-fastest, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing’s Malcolm Stewart finished third-quickest. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin finished the timed session in fourth, ahead of championship leader, Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing), who has a chance to wrap up the 2022 450SX title later today. Defending champion Cooper Web (Red Bull KTM), ended the session in sixth, ahead of Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas), SmarTop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda pairing Justin Brayton and Vince Friese, and Brandon Hartranft (Twisted Team HEP Motorsports Suzuki).

250SX East heat one:
KTM rider Ramyller Alves took the holeshot as Honda HRC’s champion elect, Jett Lawrence, experienced a particularly poor start. It didn’t take long for TLD Red Bull GasGas’s Pierce Brown to swoop into the lead, followed by Jordon Smith (Fire Power Honda), who’s riding with a broken finger after a fall at Atlanta last week. Meanwhile, Lawrence sliced his way through the pack, taking over second from Smith on the final lap. Enzo Lopes (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) and Cullin Park (Honda) rounded out the top five positions at the checkered flag. The remaining nine qualifying spots were filled by Jarrett Frye (Fire Power Honda), John Short (Honda), Marshal Weltin (Yamaha) and Alves.

250SX East heat two:
A big pile-up in the first turn took down a number of the top riders, including Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire, while Kyle Chisholm (Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing) grabbed the holeshot ahead of Huqvarna-mounted teenager Josh Varize. A Chisholm crash with a handful of laps remaining saw Varize inherit the lead, but on the final lap Chisholm surged past through the whoops to retake the lead and the victory. Forkner also tried to capitalise on Varize’s poor run through the whoops but the two collided and went down, allowing Jace Owen (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), Harvey Munoz (Kawasaki) and Mitchell Oldenburg (SmarTop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda) past to qualify. Forkner and Varize remounted to finish fifth and sixth. Hunter Yoder (Honda), Lake Shaw (KTM) and Heath Osby (Yamaha) filled the remaining qualifying spots.

 450SX heat one:
Red Bull KTM’s defending champion Cooper Webb took holeshot ahead of his team-mate Marvin Musquin, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson breathing down their necks. Anderson bided his time to find a way past Webb, then put pressure on Musquin. The New Mexico native temporarily passed the Frenchman for the lead, before washing his front wheel in the next corner and allowing Musquin past again to take his first heat win of the year. Anderson remounted to finish second, with Webb third, Justin Brayton (SmarTop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda) fourth and Brandon Hartranft (Twisted Tea HEP Motorsports Suzuki) in fifth. The remaining qualifiers were Benny Bloss (KTM), Cade Clason (Honda), Henry Miller (KTM) and Logan Karnow (Kawasaki).

 450SX heat two:
Honda HRC’s top qualifier Chase Sexton burst off the gates and scored an impressive holeshot, followed by 450SX points’ leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing) and Malcolm Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husavarna Racing). They would hold these positions to the checkered flag, with TLD Red Bull GasGas’s Justin Barcia finishing fourth, ahead of Vince Friese (SmarTop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda). P6 through P9 were held by Justin Starling (GasGas), Justin Bogle (Twisted Team HEP Motorsports Suzuki), Ryan Breece (Yamaha) and Fred Noren (KTM).

250SX East LCQ:
RJ Hampshire took the holeshot of the LCQ and avoided a big crash behind him that took down Ty Freehill (Honda) and tangled up at least half of the field. The Rockstar Husqvarna racer cruised to the victory ahead of Derek Drake (Bar X Suzuki), Jack Chambers (KTM) and Josh Cartwright (Kawasaki), who all qualified for the 250SX East main event.

450SX LCQ:
Husqvarna rider Scott Meshey scored the holeshot of the last race before the main events, but Alex Martin (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) took over the lead before the first lap was completed and stretched out a comfortable lead over Kevin Moranz (KTM). Martin would take a straight-forward win over Moranz, while Tristan Lane (KTM) found his way past Meshey late in the race to take third.

250SX East main event:
Honda privateer Cullin Park took the holeshot from Pierce Brown and Jordon Smith, with RJ Hampshire lurking in fourth. By the end of the opening lap, Lawrence was circulating in eighth after a subdued start off the gate. Up front, Smith crashed and dropped to the back of the pack, as Brown began to build a fairly handy lead. Lawrence calmly let the opportunities come to him, moving up to fifth behind Austin Forkner before half-race distance. The Australian bided his time, locked onto the rear wheel of the Kawasaki rider for several laps, before pushing Forkner off the track out of a turn. Lawrence let Forkner back past and they recommenced battle. Up front, Hampshire crashed while trying to pass Brown for the lead, but remounted in sixth. Forkner and Lawrence continued to click off the laps, catching and passing Brown on the second-to-last lap to then finish first and second, with Brown third. A fast-finishing Oldenburg finished fourth, with Chisholm fifth. Hampshire, Lopes, Varize, Park and Owen rounded out the top 10.

450SX main event:
Cooper Webb took the holeshot of the 420SX Main Event, with all of the main players, Tomac, Anderson and Sexton hot on his tail. As Tomac focused on making a pass on Webb in the opening laps, Anderson threw it up the inside of Yamaha rider in a turn, causing Tomac to stall his machine. The contact dropped Tomac to sixth, and from that point he settled into a safe rhythm, content to clinch the 450SX into his home town of Denver, CO next weekend. Up front, Anderson dispatched of Webb for the lead, with the KTM rider then steadily dropping positions through the pack to eventually finish sixth. Sexton kept Anderson in sight for half the race, before settling for second place, ahead of Musquin. Stewart and Barcia filled the remaining top five positions. Tomac would settle for seventh, ahead of the remaining top 10 racers, Friese, Martin and Brayton.