2022 High Point Motocross Recap
The 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season continues to meet 50th anniversary expectations as fans enjoyed a day of classic racing for Round 4 at High Point Raceway on Saturday in Mt. Morris, PA.
Eli Tomac (2-1) resumed his assault on the record books taking his first overall win of the season, becoming the fourth different winner this year, in dominating fashion which puts him into third all-time for Outdoor wins. He also took over second in the points standings, dropping Ken Roczen to third, but did not gain any on leader Chase Sexton (1-2) as he checked out in Moto 1 for the win and was unable to catch Tomac in the second race thus the two tied in points.
Sexton won the first race by more than 11 second over Tomac who started sixth and benefited from Jason Anderson hitting the dirt while riding in second and chasing Sexton. Anderson regrouped and challenged Tomac for the runner-up spot in Moto 1 but Tomac finally pulled away and easily secured second. Moto 2 had an old friend in Ryan Dungey fighting for a podium spot after grabbing his first MotoSport Holeshot of the year but had more than enough on his hands with Tomac, Sexton and Ken Roczen.
The four battled like old times (if you recall Dungey returned to pro racing this year after a five-year retirement) well, except of course, for Sexton who was a rookie in 2017, the year Dungey hung up the boots after winning the Supercross Championship over Tomac. Dungey, looking for his first podium of the year in both Moto and overall, had it briefly while racing in third but Roczen eventually got past while Tomac worked his way from sixth into the lead about halfway through the Moto then raced home to the checkers.
Anderson took third overall on a (3-5) day, Roczenâ€™s third-place in Moto 2 helped him take fourth overall after finishing seventh in Moto 1 and Dungey tied his best outing of the year which he got in Round 1, but took a season best fourth in Moto 2. Tony Cairoli, the 9-time MXGP Champion taking on the Nationals after retiring from overseas racing, had a run-in with Christian Craig while trying to pass in the first race resulting in an injured knee which not only ended his day but also his time racing in American Motocross.
2022 Motocross 450 Class Standings after Round 4
- Chase Sexton - 181
- Eli Tomac - 167
- Ken Roczen - 163
- Jason Anderson - 147
- Ryan Dungey - 122
In the 250 class, Seth Hammaker gave his hometown fans something to cheer with two holeshots but his lead quickly evaporated thanks to the Lawrence brothers who pretty much made it all about them.
In Moto 1, Michael Mosiman threw away the lead after hitting the dirt which Hunter Lawrence gladly took and never gave up despite his rather persistent brother Jett. Then in Moto 2, the Lawrence brothers checked out and engaged in a cat and mouse battle for the ages passing each other multiple times with Jett pulling out the win by less than a second over his older brother. Justin Cooper took third, 36 seconds later.
Jett Lawrenceâ€™s win gave him the victory and four straight overalls to start the season. He gained no ground on his brother in the standings but still maintains a 12-point lead. Joe Shimoda (3-5) finished third overall, Mosiman (5-4) took fourth and Cooper (8-3) rounded out the Top 5. But the Lawrence brothers are slowly leaving the field behind as Shimoda sits in third-place in the standings 37 points back from Hunter. Whoa!
2022 Supercross 250 Class Standings after Round 4
- Jett Lawrence - 186
- Hunter Lawrence - 174
- Jo Shimoda - 137
- Justin Cooper - 133
- Michael Mosiman - 115
The MotoSport Sponsored Muc-Off / FXR / ClubMX Team
Garret Marchbanks went (10-10) for 10th overall and Alex Martin finished 14th overall on a (15-11) day.
Riders get a weekend off to gear up for the annual Fourth of July Classic at RedBud MX on July 2 in Buchanan, MI.