2022 Anaheim 1 Supercross Recap
Well, that was easy.
Ken Roczen led all 22 laps on Saturday to open the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season in Anaheim with a resounding win. Roczen faced some stiff competition from teammate Chase Sexton but a few crashes later, Roczen check-out and won by more than seven seconds, dialing it back as the finish line became clear.
Defending Champion Cooper Webb worked his way into second-place from a sixth-place start and Justin Barcia, after cleaning out Jason Anderson finished third keeping his Round 1 podium streak alive but ending his three race win streak at A1. Despite Sexton's woes, he managed fifth-place despite two getoffs including a fairly nasty crash in the whoops. Eli Tomac, the 2020 Supercross Champion, looked decent in his first year on Yamaha placing sixth.
2022 Supercross 450 Class Standings after Round 1
- Ken Roczen
- Cooper Webb
- Justin Barcia
- Marvin Musquin
- Chase Sexton
In the 250 class, veteran Christian Craig also looked the part getting by Vince Friese after three laps and taking a trouble free path to the checkers. Seth Hammaker took second and Hunter Lawrence putting on some aggressive moves towards the end of the race finished third. Colt Nichols and Jalek Swoll both suffered injuries ending their nights early with Nichols appearing headed to the sidelines for the rest of the season. And, finally, our good buddy Carson Brown lost a tooth! A fill-in rider for the injured Austin Black, Brown did not line-up for the LCQ.
2022 Supercross 250 West Class Standings after Round 1
- Christian Craig
- Seth Hammaker
- Hunter Lawrence
- Garrett Marchbanks
- Vince Friese
Supercross heads north for Round 2 on Saturday in Oakland.