Final round of the 2022 Supercross season set at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
It was Jason Anderson who topped Monster Energy Supercross 450SX qualifying in Salt Lake City this afternoon, with Christian Craig quickest in 250SX West and Mitchell Oldenburg leading 250SX East entering tonight’s Showdown.
Targeting his fourth win in a row, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Anderson led the way by a half-second with a 46.187s in warm, dry conditions.
Second on the charts was Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM), marginally ahead of Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC), with Malcolm Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas) also in the 46s bracket.
Sixth was Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM), as the top 10 was completed by Brandon Hartranft (HEP Suzuki), Justin Brayton (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) in his final full-time appearance, Rookie of the Year winner Alex Martin (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) and Benny Bloss (KTM).
It was current points-leader Craig (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) who led the way with a late lap in 250SX West qualifying two, his 47.789s a couple of tenths up on title rival Hunter Lawrence (Team Honda HRC).
That pair were the only ones in the 47s, with Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull GasGas) third in line, ahead of Nate Thrasher (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) and the retiring Chris Blose (AJE Motorsport Motul GasGas), who led early on.
Positions six through 10 included Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki), Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Vince Friese (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda), Derek Kelly (AEO Powersports KTM) and Dominique Thury (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha).
Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda’s Oldenburg impressed in the final 250SX East session, placing him atop the time-sheets at 47.667s – a time quicker than Craig set on the western region.
The time set by Enzo Lopes (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) in Q1 saw him second overall, with recently-crowned champion Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) third. However, Lawrence fell awkwardly in the first session and he’s been declared out due to tweaking his ankle, instead setting his sights on the outdoors.
Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) and Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas) were fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Jordon Smith (Firepower Honda Racing), Jace Owen (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), Derek Drake (Bar-X Suzuki) and Hardy Munoz (Kawasaki).