2022 San Diego Supercross Recap
A dialed in Chase Sexton celebrated his first career 450 class win on Saturday easily taking Round 3 of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross series held at Petco Park in San Diego, CA.
A two-year rider in the premier class, Sexton grabbed the holeshot but quickly lost the lead to Marvin Musquin only to get back out front after three laps and check out. The win helps Sexton get into the thick of the championship race after looking good in the series opener, battling with Ken Roczen only to crash twice and settle for fifth, then a mediocre ninth in Round 2. Sexton now sits in second-place tied in points with defending Champion Cooper Webb, who finished fourth, as another change takes place to the leaderboard...
Winless after three rounds, Eli Tomac grabs the Red Plate after taking second and opening the season with 6-4-2 finishes. The 2020 Supercross Champion looks more and more comfortable in his first year on Yamaha but holding the points lead this year so far seems elusive.
Roczen after winning the opening round has dropped to seventh in the standings along with a seventh-place finish in San Diego. Justin Barcia opened the season with two third-place finishes resulting in the Red Plate at San Diego but he finished ninth on Saturday and drops to fourth in the standings. Meanwhile, Jason Anderson who won the week prior in Oakland was looking for another win after passing Tomac for second but the white smoke billowing from his Kawasaki - reports indicate the radiator cap coming off – forced Anderson to ease up and settle for eighth.
2022 Supercross 450 Class Standings after Round 3
- Eli Tomac
- Chase Sexton
- Cooper Webb
- Justin Barcia
- Jason Anderson
In the 250 class, Michael Mosiman got his first career win after grabbing the holeshot and checking out. He got some stiff competition from Hunter Lawrence though as the two battled for the lead until both got caught up with some lappers resulting in Lawrence on the ground but both were so far ahead of the pack the skirmish simply gave Mosiman an easy route to the checkers.
Points leader Christian Craig turned in a valiant effort to save his championship hopes after getting caught in a first turn crash leaving him and several riders rolling in the dirt. After getting back on his bike Craig was last, all the while the rest of the pack kept it pinned. Craig, who won the first two rounds, fought his way to third-place, 25 seconds back of Mosiman and Lawrence, but kept his podium streak alive and a hold on the Red Plate.
2022 Supercross 250 West Class Standings after Round 3
- Christian Craig
- Hunter Lawrence
- Michael Mosiman
- Vince Friese
- Jo Shimoda
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Alex Martin finished 20th in the 450 class but Garrett Marchbanks, who got caught up in the first turn melee, didn't fair too well in the 250 class ending his race after 10 laps.