2022 Glendale Supercross Recap
Eli Tomac won two of three races to claim the Round 5 overall in the first triple crown event of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season on Saturday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
Tomac, who historically has struggled with starts, got out in front quick in the first two Triple Crown event races and had little trouble reaching the finish line. In the third race he settled for third easily grabbing the overall ahead of Malcolm Stewart. The Triple Crown incorporates a three Main Event structure that's calculated based on Olympic style scoring awarding the round's winner to the racer with the least points totaled from their finish in all three races. Tomac, the 2020 Supercross Champion, won the previous round thus becoming the first two round winner in the 450 class. In his first year on Yamaha, Tomac said the bike is one of the best he's ridden on for Supercross, so uh oh for the rest of the field.
Stewart's second-place gives him his first podium of the year and a career best in the 450 class after a (3-2-4) night. Chase Sexton (11-3-1) grabbed his third straight podium with a third-place finish including the final race win but now trials Tomac by 11 points in the Championship standings. Jason Anderson finished second in the first and third races but a crash in the sand dropped him to 12th in the second race and fourth overall. Ken Roczen (4-6-7) rounded out the Top 5 for his best finish since an opening round win.
2022 Supercross 450 Class Standings after Round 5
- Eli Tomac
- Chase Sexton
- Jason Anderson
- Malcolm Stewart
- Justin Barcia
In the 250 West class, Vince Friese tried ending Christian Craig's night and season with a demonstrative take out during Race 2 in the sand section which sent Craig flying off the track as Friese went down too. A visibly upset Craig threw his hands up at Friese then got his foot caught in a track side cord which delayed his effort to get back on his bike, which failed to start right away. Craig managed to ride from last to fourth and with wins in the first and third races took home second overall. Craig keeps his podium streak alive and a hold on first in the Championship standings.
The on-track excitement sort of overshadowed Hunter Lawrence's first overall of the season on his 2-1-2 night. Lawrence has reached the podium every round so far and the win gets him three points closer to the first-place Craig. Jo Shimoda got his first podium of the year with a 5-3-3 night. Friese took fifth overall and likely would have reached the podium for the first time this season - with better racing strategy - seeing as he took third and fourth place in the first and third races but his collision with Craig as the two battled for first dropped him to 12th in Race 2. Friese did take a front wheel to the head last week which knocked him out of Round 4 near the end of the race so maybe some lingering issues with making wise decisions.
2022 Supercross 250 West Class Standings after Round 5
- Christian Craig
- Hunter Lawrence
- Michael Mosiman
- Jo Shimoda
- Nate Thrasher
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Alex Martin finished 18th in the 450 class on a (14-19-18) night but Garrett Marchbanks (4-6-6) took fourth overall tying his best outing of the season in the 250 class. Dominique Thury (16-12-20) of Germany finished 16th.
Supercross returns to Southern California Saturday for Round 6 in Anaheim, the third anf final round at Angel Stadium.