Jason Anderson wins in Denver as Tomac takes title

2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Round 16 Denver Empower Field At Mile High Denver, CO

Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas

450 Heat One

450 Heat One

Eli Tomac scored the holeshot ahead of Justin Brayton in the opening heat, much to the delight of a very vocal Denver crowd on the high altitude hard-pack track that presented the Supercross riders for this penultimate round of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

450 Heat One

Marvin Musquin chased hard but Tomac had enough speed to remain unchallenged throughout and take a convincing victory over the Frenchman. Justin Brayton third.

Marvin Musquin

450 Heat One Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 9 Laps
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE +03,556
3 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R +09.235
4 Justin Starling GASGAS MC 450F +25.019
5 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F +27.380
6 John Short Honda CRF250R +28.373
7 Alex Martin Yamaha YZ450F +29.077
8 Henry Miller KTM 450 SX-F +30.281
9 Justin Bogle Suzuki RM-Z450 +33.964
10 Cheyenne Harmon Honda CRF450R +35,587
11 Adam Enticknap Suzuki RM-Z450 +40.272
12 Max Miller KTM 250 SX-F +41.318
13 Marshal Weltin Yamaha YZ250F +42,542
14 Austin Politelli Honda CRF450R +47.942
15th Jared Lesher Yamaha YZ250F +50.141
16 Lane Shaw KTM 250 SX-F 8 Laps
17 Theodore Pauli Kawasaki KX450 +08,834
18 Scotty Wennerstrom Jefferson, TX Kawasaki KX450 +10.330
19 Bryson Gardner Honda CRF450R +15.611
20 Nick Schmidt Husqvarna FC 450 3 Laps

450 Heat Two

Chase Sexton fired out of the hole in Heat Two to take the early lead over Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb and Malcolm Stewart.

450 Heat Two

Anderson took second place from Barcia on lap two and set about chasing down Sexton but he had two-seconds to claw back in order to get on terms with the young Honda rider.

Jason Anderson got Justin Barcia

On the final lap Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia had a great tussle over third place while Jason Anderson was now all over the back of Sexton to try and steal the victory. Sexton managed to hold on by a single bike length for the win. Stewart held off Barcia for third.

Chase Sexton and Jason Anderson

450 Main Heat Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R WE 9 Laps
2 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR +00.371
3 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE +05.986
4 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F +06,549
5 Cooper Web KTM 450 SX-F FE +17.720
6 Brandon Hartranft Suzuki RM-Z450 +23.484
7 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R +26.724
8 Ryan Breece Yamaha YZ450F +30.703
9 Fredrik Noren KTM 450 SX-F +33.408
10 Justin Rodbell Kawasaki KX450 +40.367
11 Deven Raper Kawasaki KX450 +44.325
12 Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F +47.057
13 Cade Clason Honda CRF450R +53.377
14 Tristan Lane KTM 450 SX-F 8 Laps
15th Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX450 +02.313
16 Gared Steinke Husqvarna TC 250 +03.032
17 Chase Marquier Yamaha YZ250F +06,379
18 Chris Howell Kawasaki KX450 +06.777
19 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX450 +14.764
20 Alex Ray Honda CRF450R 2 Laps

450 Main Event

Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton went around turn one side-by-side ahead of Justin Brayton but it was Sexton that had the best run off the turn to take a few bike lengths, as Jason Anderson moved up to the third place and was looking hot to trot.

Tomac was working his speed advantage through the whoops and put the pressure on Sexton who eventually made a mistake on a small hard edged outside line that took him down.

With 16-minutes to run it was Tomac leading Anderson by under a second, while Sexton had been shuffled all the way back to eighth. Malcolm Stewart was third at this early juncture, Justin Barcia fourth, Marvin Musquin fifth, Cooper Webb sixth and Brayton seventh.

Jason Anderson closed in on and then passed Tomac with 15-minutes left on the shot clock. Anderson then pulled away from Tomac, while Malcolm Stewart started chasing Tomac down for that second place…

Malcolm Stewart took second from Tomac with 11-minutes left. It looked as though Justin Barcia was then going to relegate Tomac further back but the GASGAS rider made a mistake before he could get close enough to make a move and was pushed all the way back to seventh before he was back up and running. A few minutes later though Marvin Musquin did however get the better of Tomac to move up to third place.

Chase Sexton took fourth place from Tomac with two-minutes left on the clock and pulled away with ease as Tomac was content to just roll home with the championship in his pocket…

Eli Tomac – 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450 SX Champion

Eli Tomac just rode safe and did what he had too in order to wrap the championship. The title marked Tomac’s second 450 Supercross Championship, adding to his three premier class outdoor championships to underline his status as one of the greats and done nicely in front of a big home Colarado crowd. The championship win also breaks a 13 year drought for Yamaha, who last won the 450 Supercross Championship with James Stewart back in 2009.

Jason Anderson wins in Denver

Jason Anderson was the winner in Denver though, on the Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F that Tomac vacated at the end of last season in favor of the Monster Energy Star Racing Racing Yamaha YZ450F he rode to the championship on this year. With that race victory Jason Anderson also cemented second place in the championship.

Eli Tomac – 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450 SX Champion

Malcolm Stewart was second and Marvin Musquin rounded out the podium ahead of Chase Sexton. That second place promoted Stewart into third place in the championship, four-points ahead of Justin Barcia, who finished seventh at this Denver round. Third place for Musquin also keeps him in the game for the #3 plate as they head to the Salt Lake City finale next weekend.

Eli Tomac Champion Press Conference

450 Main Event Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 26 Laps
2 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE +13.860
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE +33.779
4 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R WE +39.951
5 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F +1m02.966
6 Cooper Web KTM 450 SX-F FE +1m13.216
7 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F +1m33.980
8 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R 25 Laps
9 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R +03.203
10 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F +36,872
11 Brandon Hartranft Suzuki RM-Z450 +52.153
12 Ryan Breece Yamaha YZ450F +1m00.794
13 Alex Martin Yamaha YZ450F +1m11.622
14 Justin Starling GASGAS MC 450F +1m22.948
15th Fredrik Noren KTM 450 SX-F +1m31.651
16 Austin Politelli Honda CRF450R 24 Laps
17 Marshal Weltin Yamaha YZ250F +32,262
18 Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F +1m05.200
19 John Short Honda CRF250R +1m28.557
20 Justin Rodbell Kawasaki KX450 23 Laps
21 Justin Bogle Suzuki RM-Z450 21 Laps
22 Henry Miller KTM 450 SX-F 5 Laps

450 Main Video Highlights

450 Post Race Press Conference

450 Championship Standings (Round 16 of 17)

Pos Rider Hometown Points
1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 359
2 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 324
3 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 295
4 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 291
5 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA 287
6 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL 269
7 Cooper Web Newport, NC 261
8 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ 163
9 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC 160
10 Dean Wilson Murrieta, CA 152
11 Dylan Ferrandis Tallahassee, FL 141
12 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 133
13 Justin Bogle Wesley Chapel, FL 103
14 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 101
15th Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 97
16 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 97
17 Alex Martin Clermont, FL 97
18 Vince Friese Menifee, CA 96
19 Ryan Breece Athol, ID 90
20 Justin Starling Deland, FL 89
21 Cade Clason Chesterfield, SC 75
22 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX 65
23 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC 63
24 Max Anstie Wesley Chapel, FL 55
25 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS 45
26 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 29
27 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 27
28 Logan Karnow Amherst, OH 24
29 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 23
30 Tristan Lane Port Orange, FL 15th
31 Justin Rodbell Prince Frederick, MD 15th
32 Joan Cros Manlleu, BC 15th
33 John Short Pilot Point, TX 14
34 Alex Ray Milan, T 14
35 Henry Miller Rochester, MN 13
36 Josh Hill Huntersville, NC 13
37 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 8
38 Austin Politelli Murrieta, CA 8
39 Adam Enticknap Lompoc, CA 8
40 Marshal Weltin Ubly, MI 6
41 Jeremy Hand Mantua 4
42 Scott Meshey Zephyrhills, FL 3
43 Brandon Scharer Los Angeles, CA 1

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