2022 Foxborough Supercross Recap
One Championship down, two to go.
Jett Lawrence clinched the 2022 250SX East Championship on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA with a well fought second-place finish, more than enough to secure the crown. Lawrence won the title a round early coming in Round 8 and will now enjoy a Championship ride for the East's final round in Salt Lake City to close the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season in a few weeks.
Lawrence has not finished off the podium all year in the nine-round 250 class series and from his opening race win in Minneapolis was the frontrunner all year. A midair collision with Austin Forkner in Arlington left his primary competitor out of action for four rounds while RJ Hampshire's last ditch effort to push the title fight to the final round proved futile.
"I've dreamed of this since I was a little kid. All the hard work that us and the team put in, all the hard times that we've gone through, this one night makes all that disappear." Lawrence said.
The #1 plate adds to the growing collection of success by the young Australian who also enters the 2022 Motocross season as the defending 250 class Champion in Outdoors.
Elsewhere, Forkner took the win at Foxborough showing flashes of pre-injury brilliance in his first victory in almost two years. The one-time phenom has had his career interrupted by multiple injury plagued seasons including a brutal crash in the final round of the 2020 Supercross series that ended a chance for the title and took him out of Motocross that year. He face-planted into a berm at the end of his Heat race on Saturday, too.
Hampshire who got his first career win a few weeks ago in St. Louis was looking for another win until he clipped Pierce Brown's rear tire and went down with four minutes remaining. Hampshire crashes twice in his Heat race and needed the LCQ, which he won, to get into the Main. Brown took third after leading for much of the race. Brown finished third after leading for much of the race.
2022 Supercross 250 East Class Standings after Round 8
- Jett Lawrence - 192: 250SX East Champion
- RJ Hampshire - 139
- Pierce Brown - 128
- Mitchell Oldenburg - 122
- Enzo Lopes - 116
In the 450 class, a win for Eli Tomac would have secured the premier class title but Jason Anderson had other ideas as the two, along with defending Champion Cooper Webb, offered fans a show for a few minutes before the three converged in a corner causing Tomac to stall the bike dropping him to sixth. Tomac worked his way to fourth before dialing back and settling for seventh while Anderson cruised to his fifth win.
Tomac carries a 43-point lead into the penultimate round next week in his home state of Colorado. Though a long shot, Anderson sitting second in the standings still has a chance but at least has a moral victory in having won more rounds this year than in his 2018 Championship campaign. If not for a few run-ins with other riders this year, Anderson and Tomac would likely be neck and neck in the standings but barring injury from a mid-week practice crash or race day incident Tomac can cruise around next week and clinch his second 450 class Supercross Championship by finishing 14th if Anderson wins again.
Elsewhere, Chase Sexton finished second and has three straight podiums while veteran Marvin Musquin continues his late season surge with another third-place giving him four podiums in the last five rounds including a win. Musquin and Sexton sit fifth and sixth in the standings, respectively, and have two rounds to catch third-place Justin Barcia and fourth-place Malcolm Stewart for the final Championship podium spot.
2022 Supercross 450 Class Standings after Round 15
- Eli Tomac - 341
- Jason Anderson - 298
- Justin Barcia - 275
- Malcolm Stewart - 272
- Marvin Musquin - 266
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Alex Martin rode to his best finish of the season with a ninth place landing in the Top 10 for the first time this year in his first year on the big bikes. In the 250 class, Enzo Lopes took seventh and Jace Owen finished 10th. Lopes moves into fifth in the standings.
Supercross heads east for Round 16 in Denver as Tomac looks to wrap things up and a win by Christian Craig secures the 250 West title for him.