2022 Seattle Supercross Recap

Riders and fans braved crime-ridden Seattle for Round 12 of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross series on Saturday at Lumen Field and watched one man check out and run away with the series.

Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot and never looked back en route to his fifth straight victory (and seventh of the year) leading by more than 12 seconds at one point, lapping everyone except the Top 6 riders and eventually taking the checkers by more than eight seconds. Tomac now rides a 54 point lead (more than two rounds worth) with five dates left on the season.

Tomac has shown a remarkable late career resurgence for 2022 in his first year on Yamaha as he continues to thrive with good starts and superior riding. The once elusive 450 class Supercross title (for the 4-time Motocross Champ) which he won in the midst of the COVID pandemic in 2020 now seems like a foregone conclusion for this year so long as he stays upright and his new bike scoffs any mechanical issues. If so, Tomac would become the oldest rider, at 29, to win the Supercross title. His victory on Saturday ties him with Chad Reed for fourth on the all-time wins list with 44.

Jason Anderson, Tomac's primary competitor this year, stayed off the ground finishing second in his first trip to the box since Round 8. Anderson, too, has enjoyed a resurgence this year in his first year on Kawasaki (Tomac's former ride), and if not for aggressive battles and retribution with/from other riders he might be bar-to-bar with Tomac in the points standings.

Marvin Musquin rounded out the podium in third for his second straight trip to the box while Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Barcia landed on top of the tuff blocks with less than 11 minutes remaining while riding in second preventing a third straight podium.

2022 Supercross 450 Class Standings after Round 12

  1. Eli Tomac – 281
  2. Jason Anderson – 227
  3. Justin Barcia – 222
  4. Malcolm Stewart – 221
  5. Cooper Webb – 208

The 250SX West class returned after a six-week break and all looked good for series leader Christian Craig until Michael Mosiman dropped him in a corner for the lead with more than 12 minutes remaining. Craig mounted up in sixth, but three minutes later Hunter Lawrence passed Mosiman for the lead and three minutes after that Craig pulled into second. Craig almost pulled off the comeback, but Lawrence held on for his second win of the season taking the checkers by less than two seconds.

Craig, the only rider who has finished on the podium every round thus far, holds a 26 point lead over Lawrence with three rounds left. Mosiman finished third and drops from second in the standings to third now four points back of Lawrence in second. Joe Shimoda healed well from a foot injury suffered in the West's last round and finished fourth and Vince Friese took fifth.

2022 Supercross 250 West Class Standings after Round 7

  1. Christian Craig – 171
  2. Hunter Lawrence – 145
  3. Michael Mosiman – 141
  4. Vince Friese – 117
  5. Joe Shimoda – 106

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Alex Martin had a scary get-off in his Heat race but returned to get second in the LCQ and 14th in the Main. In the 250 West class, Garrett Marchbanks took sixth and Dominique Thury finished 14th, his best result since a ninth-place finish at Anaheim 1.

Riders get a break this weekend before resuming April 9 in St. Louis.

2022 Seattle Supercross