2022 Hangtown Motocross Recap
The clouds prepared for battle keeping the sun at bay and giving riders a rare balmy June day of racing in Rancho Cordova for Round 2 of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series on Saturday at the Hangtown Classic.
Often the focus of a blistering hot sun this time of year, it even drizzled, the overcast day made for some great track conditions along with excellent racing and a first-time winner.
Veteran Jason Anderson who has a Supercross title - and almost got a second one this year after a career resurgence following a switch from Husqvarna to Kawasaki - found the the momentum halted from Supercross ending a month earlier for his first career Motocross overall taking the win in the first race and securing the victory with a third in Moto 2. Anderson, who finished sixth overall to open the season after winning the final four rounds of Supercross, has never found the type of success he's enjoyed indoors, when racing Outdoors.
He battled with Chase Sexton, winner of Round 1, in the first race avoiding mistakes and lappers and even though he had nothing in the tank for Eli Tomac or Sexton in the second race, Anderson appears to have found how to carry over the winning formula from one series to the next. Sexton took second in both Motos while Tomac, the reigning Supercross Champ, rolled the throttle in Moto 2 for his first Moto win of the season securing third overall, also his first podium of the year. Tomac and Sexton were nearly 30 seconds ahead of the field in Moto 2.
Ryan Dungey, who returned from retirement and finished fifth overall in his first racing action in five years to open the season, took seventh overall on a (6-7). Antonio Cairoli, the 9-time MXGP Champ, who retired last year only to venture across the pond one last hurrah in the American series for 2022, took sixth overall on a (7-6) day along with the Holeshot in Moto 2. Ken Roczen (3-4) finished fourth overall while Christian Craig (5-5) rounded out the Top 5.
2022 Motocross 450 Class Standings after Round 2
- Chase Sexton - 94
- Ken Roczen - 82
- Jason Anderson - 76
- Eli Tomac - 75
- Christian Craig - 72
In the 250 class, Michael Mosiman put some quick stop on the surging Lawrence brothers with a resounding Moto 1 win but a crash in Moto 2 resulted in a busted-up bike ending his day and leaving him seventh overall. This opened the door for defending champ and Round 1 winner Jett Lawrence, who took third in the first race, then capitalized on Mosiman's crash with a win in Moto 2 and the overall.
Hunter Lawrence who finished runner-up to brother Jett in both races to open the season, finished third overall on a (4-2) day. He looked to have finally gotten the best of Jett in Moto 1 after passing him but fell and settled on fourth. Justin Cooper bounced back from a rough opening round start to grab second overall on a (2-3) day. Joe Shimoda (5-4) and Max Vohland (7-5) rounded out the Top 5, respectively.
2022 Supercross 250 Class Standings after Round 2
- Jett Lawrence - 95
- Hunter Lawrence - 84
- Jo Shimoda - 72
- Justin Cooper - 60
- Levi Kitchen - 59
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Garrett Marchbanks finished 11th for the second straight week on a (8-13) day while Alex Martin took 13th on a (13-12) day.
Motocross starts the trek east first with a stop in Colorado for Round 3 at Thunder Valley on Saturday.