News 27 Mar 2022

Lawrence charges for Seattle win

Dominant Tomac marches to Seattle victory in 450SX.

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An exciting return to action for the 250SX West championship saw Hunter Lawrence take his second win of the season in an action packed main event in Seattle.

It had been three years since the gate dropped in Seattle for a Supercross race, and with the bad weather holding off, fans were treated to an incredible night of racing.

Points leader Christian Craig (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) blasted out of the gate, grabbing the holeshot with Michael Mosiman(TLD Red Bull GasGas) in tow. The duo broke away from the pack, with Mosiman pouring pressure on in the opening laps.

Mosiman didn’t wait long to make a move, diving in for the pass before the finish line, connecting with Craig and sending him to the ground. Craig dropped to fourth, as Lawrence began to charge after Mosiman at the front on the heels of a bad start.

Lawrence made his way around Mosiman, but looming in the background was Craig, who was on a mission toward the front, lapping faster than both of the leaders, passing Mosiman with six minutes to go.

Craig charged in the closing stages, but was unable to close the gap, giving Lawrence his second win of the season. Craig held on for second, with Mosiman bringing his TLD Red Bull GasGas machine home in third.

Fourth went to Jo Shimoda(Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) who made a valiant effort for a podium on the final lap, making a pass but unfortunately a mistake in the whoops kept him from the box.

Vince Friese followed up the first heat race win of his career earlier in the night with a fifth place in the main event aboard his SmarTop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda.

Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha rider Garrett Marchbanks showed plenty of pace throughout the evening, but was unable to get off to a good start in the main event to put himself in the hunt for a podium, eventually finishing sixth.

Seventh place went to Chris Blose(GasGas) just beating out Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Jalek Swoll who took eighth on the night.

Rounding out the top 10 was Robbie Wageman(Yamaha) and Derek Kelly(KTM) with Nate Thrasher finishing 11th after crashing out of fourth place as he challenged for his first podium of the season.

While his points gap got slightly smaller, Craig maintains the championship lead by 26 points over Lawrence as they take a week off before the first East/West shootout of the season in Atlanta.

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In 450SX it was Eli Tomac dominating the main event, making it five straight Supercross wins with a wire-to-wire victory in Seattle.

Tomac launched off the gate, protecting the inside in impressive fashion to take the lead early. TLD Red Bull GasGas rider Justin Barcia made his way into second quickly and the duo set sail at the front.

Jason Anderson slotted into third place a short distance back from the leaders, and the three of them settled in for the first half of the race.

At the halfway point, Barcia was just over four seconds adrift from Tomac when he made a big mistake and crashed hard, catching a tough block in a rhythm section.

Barcia’s blunder left Anderson in second with Musquin in third, with Stewart just two seconds back from Musquin for the final podium position.

In the end, Tomac was not to be denied, breaking away to a 14 second win, making it five on a row and tying Chad Reed in the all time standings with 44 wins in the premier class of Supercross.

Anderson held on for a lonely second place finish, securing second overall in the championship standings in the process, now leading Barcia by five points.

Third place for the second weekend in a row was Musquin, the Red Bull KTM rider continuing to improve as the season draws to a close. He held off constant pressure throughout the race from Malcolm Stewart(Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) who eventually took fourth.

Rounding out the top five was Barcia who recovered after escaping major injury in what was a massive crash mid race. Also escaping major injury in Seattle was Cooper Webb, who entered the night program on the heels of a huge crash in qualifying that saw him land on the concrete beside the track, eventually finishing sixth on the night.

Consistency is the name of the game for Dean Wilson, who finished seventh for the second week in a row aboard his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, while Justin Bogle had a solid night to finish eight place on his Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki.

Mitchell Oldenburg returned to the 450 class, filling in for an injured Justin Brayton on the SmarTop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda squad, bringing home ninth on the night ahead of Brandon Hartranft, the two battling through the final lap.

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