Lawrence clinches 250SX East title at Foxborough
Anderson claims consecutive victories with 450SX win.
Australian Jett Lawrence has clinched the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross Championship 250SX East title at Foxborough, in the penultimate round of the region won by Austin Forkner, as Jason Anderson made it two-straight wins in 450SX.
Team Honda HRC’s Lawrence was able to work his way through the pack from P8 at the end of lap one, but it was Forkner who crossed the finish first in the end.
Lap one was led by Cullin Park (Phoenix Racing Honda) before Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas) took his turn at the front, leading until the final minutes when Forkner made his move with three to go, followed by Lawrence a lap later. Brown would hold onto third.
It was Mitchell Oldenburg (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) who finished fourth, with Kyle Chisholm (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) following him in fifth position.
After crashing while challenging for the lead 12 laps in, RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) remounted to salvage P6, the top 10 completed by Enzo Lopes (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), Josh Varize (Husqvarna), Park and Jace Owen (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha).
Lawrence now has a 53-point advantage in the standings with only the 250SX East/West Showdown remaining in Salt Lake City for the eastern region, however, before then, 250SX West resumes in Denver next Saturday night.
Jason Anderson has delayed Eli Tomac’s inevitable 2022 Monster Energy Supercross championship victory until next weekend, after claiming his second-straight 450SX round win at Foxborough.
Anderson was in strong form all day and carried that momentum into the Main event, with a three-second win over Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin.
Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) took the holeshot of the 420SX Main Event, with all of the main players, Tomac (Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing), Anderson and Sexton hot on his tail.
As Tomac focused on making a pass on Webb in the opening laps, Anderson threw it up the inside of Yamaha rider in a turn, causing Tomac to stall his machine.
The contact dropped Tomac to sixth, and from that point he settled into a safe rhythm, content to clinch the 450SX into his home town of Denver, CO next weekend.
Up front, Anderson dispatched of Webb for the lead, with the KTM rider then steadily dropping positions through the pack to eventually finish sixth.
Sexton kept Anderson in sight for half the race, before settling for second place, ahead of Musquin.
Malcolm Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing) and Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas) filled the remaining top five positions.
Tomac would settle for seventh, ahead of the remaining top 10 racers, Vince Friese (SmarTop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda), Alex Martin (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) and Justin Brayton (SmarTop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda).
Earlier in the day, Musquin and Sexton had captured the heat race wins during the second of three consecutive day-race events on the schedule.
Looking at the championship points, Tomac holds a 43-point lead over Anderson (341 points to 298 points), with Barcia sitting in third (275), Stewart fourth (272) and Musquin fifth (266).
The 16th and penultimate round of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship will be held in Denver, CO next week.