2022 Indianapolis Supercross Recap
Eli Tomac continued his dominance on the Supercross track with his fourth straight win and sixth of the year with a slick corner pass around Justin Barcia with less than five minutes left for Round 11 of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
Tomac, in his first year on Yamaha, continues to show a late career surge as he has found great starts that alluded him in recent years and manages to stay above the fray and mistakes that have taken down others in the 450 class. His victory gives the 2020 Supercross champion a 51 point lead over Jason Anderson and Barcia with six rounds remaining.
Barcia had his best finish of the season thanks to an aggressive pass on Anderson for the lead with 12 minutes left. Barcia took an inside line on a corner, colliding with Anderson on the outside leaving Anderson in the dirt. A racing incident, no doubt, but Barcia known for these types of moves, was docked three points and $3000 for the hit. Anderson's season has been littered with similar incidents caused by him and to him resulting in a free fall on the points board when arguably he should be neck and neck with Tomac. Anderson finished sixth.
The incident helped veteran Marvin Musquin grab his second podium of the season while Chase Sexton and defending champion Cooper Webb, riding with an injured wrist, rounded out the Top 5 respectively.
Elsewhere, an on-track skirmish during the second 450 Heat race between Deven Raper and Alex Ray elevated the heart rate for those in the crowd looking for extracurricular activity but ultimately the two were separated without further incidence.
2022 Supercross 450 Class Standings after Round 11
- Eli Tomac - 255
- Jason Anderson - 204
- Justin Barcia - 204
- Malcolm Stewart - 202
- Cooper Webb - 191
In the 250 East class, Hunter Lawrence also continued his domination and showed brilliance and resilience in his heat race when a first turn crash spit him off his bike, he narrowly missed getting hit and after mounting up worked his way for the win in the five minute contest. He showed no affects from his crash in the Main as he grabbed the holesho and led the whole way, getting some stiff competition from Cameron Mcadoo before pulling away with about five minutes remaining.
Mcadoo and Lawrence, separated by nine points, have pulled away from the field as Pierce Brown, who finished fourth in Indianapolis sits in third, 27 points back from Mcadoo. RJ Hampshire took third in his first podium of the year, which moves him into fourth-place, tied in points with Enzo Lopes.
2022 Supercross 250 East Class Standings after Round 5
- Jett Lawrence - 125
- Cameron Mcadoo - 114
- Pierce Brown - 87
- RJ Hampshire - 81
- Enzo Lopes - 81
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Mixed results for the MotoSport riders. In the 450 class, Alex Martin finished 20th as he continues to navigate his first year on the big bikes. Martin is in 19th place for the year. In the 250 East class, Enzo Lopes took sixth and Jace Owen finished ninth. As noted, Lopes is in fifth for the season and Owen sits in 10th. Unfortunately, veteran Phil Nicoletti missed his first Main of the season after getting bounced out of the final qualifying spot on the final lap of the LCQ by Hardy Munoz.
The 250 East class gets a break as Supercross moves west for Round 12 on Saturday in Seattle then a weekend off for all riders before resuming April 9 in St. Louis.