Jason Anderson makes it four in a row with Salt Lake victory

2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Round 17 – Salt Lake City – Rice-Eccles Stadium

Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas

Newly crowned champion Eli Tomac decided to sit out the final round in order to focus on returning to full fitness for the upcoming outdoor season. Despite injuring his knee at the 14th round of the championship in Atlanta, Tomac rode on to secure his second premier-class title a round early in front of an adoring hometown crowd in Denver just two weeks later. It amounted to a storybook ending for his historic debut season aboard the Yamaha YZ450F.

With just three weeks before the start of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the three-time 450MX Champion will focus on rehabilitation to get back to 100 per cent for the Pro Motocross season opener in Pala, California, on May 28.

Rice-Eccles Stadium

450 Heat One

Cooper Webb scored the holeshot and Marvin Musquin made it a KTM 1-2 up front early on ahead of Malcolm Stewaert, Benny Bloss and Justin Bogle while Justin Brayton was sixth as he worked towards what would be his 190th Main Event to sign off his somewhat testimonial year that has been 2022.

Musquin challenged his team-mate for the lead with a minute left on the shot clock but pulled out to save a clash and then regrouped while looking for another opportunity. Musquin made a successful pass on his third attempt to go on and take the Heat victory.

Malcolm Stewart then mounted a challenge to steal that second place off Webb on the final lap but Webb managed to hold him off.

Brayton finished strongly to work his way up to fourth place ahead of Bloss and Bogle.

450 Heat One Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE 8 Laps
2 Cooper Web KTM 450 SX-F FE +01.092
3 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE +01.431
4 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R +15.735
5 Benny Bloss KTM 450 SX-F +18.067
6 Justin Bogle Suzuki RM-Z450 +26.177
7 Ryan Breece Yamaha YZ450F +26.798
8 Cade Clason Honda CRF450R +29.987
9 Bryson Gardner Honda CRF450R +31,860
10 Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F +35,590
11 Justin Rodbell Kawasaki KX450 +36.790
12 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF250R +37.984
13 Jared Lesher Yamaha YZ250F +42.961
14 Theodore Pauli Kawasaki KX450 +53.121
15th Chase Marquier Yamaha YZ250F 7 Laps
16 Alexander Nagy KTM 450 SX-F +08,099
17 Chris Howell Kawasaki KX450 +11.422
18 Preston Taylor Kawasaki KX450 +20.839
19 Scotty Winnerstrom Kawasaki KX450 +47.550
20 Alex Ray Honda CRF450R DNS

450 Heat Two

Newly crowned champ Eli Tomac was missing from the gates as he rests an injured knee and resets ahead of the 2022 AMA Pro Motocross Championship opener late this month.

Jason Anderson scored the holeshot ahead of Justin Barcia and Chase Sexton and went on to pull an escape act.

Jason Anderson scored the holeshot

Anderson enjoyed a decent buffer throughout the race and took a clear victory over Barcia with Sexton third ahead of Justin Starling and Kyle Chisholm.

450 Heat Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 8 Laps
2 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F +01.555
3 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R WE +01.948
4 Justin Starling GASGAS MC 450F +20.44
5 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F +23.742
6 Brandon Hartranft Suzuki RM-Z450 +27.400
7 Alex Martin Yamaha YZ450F +29.419
8 Austin Politelli Honda CRF450R +40.586
9 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX450 +44.148
10 Gared Steinke Husqvarna TC 250 +48,015
11 Ryan Surratt Yamaha YZ250F +51.291
12 Fredrik Noren KTM 450 SX-F +51.976
13 Tristan Lane KTM 450 SX-F 7 Laps
14 Adam Enticknap Suzuki RM-Z450 +14.714
15th Lane Shaw KTM 250 SX-F +16.507
16 Collin Jurin Yamaha YZ450F +18.835
17 Mason Kerr Kawasaki KX450 +25,955
18 John Short Honda CRF250R +32.226
19 Nick Schmidt Husqvarna FC 450 3 Laps
20 Cheyenne Harmon Honda CRF450R 1 Laps

450 Main Event

Justin Bogle got another holeshot on the Suzuki ahead of Cooper Webb and Jason Anderson as Chase Sexton and Justin Barcia gave chase.

Anderson blasted past Bogle in the whoops on lap two and Sexon then swiftly demoted Bogle further back to third where he then fell into the clutches of Webb, Barcia and Stewart.

Anderson continued to lead from Webb but five-minutes in the battle for third was being hotly contested by Barcia, Webb, Stewart and Musquin. 38-year-old Justin Brayton was seventh at this early juncture in what was his 190th Main Event start.

Stewart eventually got the better of Webb for fourth and then reeled in Barcia with ease but catching the GASGAS man was one thing, passing him was another… It took Stewart a few minutes to do it and he looked to have the speed to clear out but Barcia rammed straight into the side of him at the next tight left-hander which left Stewart on the deck. Webb and Musquin also had a minor spat at this halfway point of the race. (Check out the video highlights further down this page)

At half race distance Anderson led Sexton by four-seconds, who in turn had six-seconds on Barcia. Musquin was fourth and Stewart had regrouped and pushed his way back past Webb.

Stewart’s next target was Musquin and he made short work of the KTM man to get back up to fourth. Next target, Justin Barcia for some payback time, and the fans were cheering him on towards that goal… Stewart though had five-seconds to make up in order to get back on terms with Bam Bam, and only a little over seven-minutes to do it. In the bigger picture this pair were also tussling over third place in the championship…

With three-minutes to run Stewart had halved that gap to third placed Barcia, the gap under three-seconds and that big target on the back of Barcia’s back was now within the view of Stewart, and the crowd loved it…

Lapped traffic did Barcia no favors and a minute later the gap was 1.5-seconds… The two revving their engines hard as they closed on lappers to let them know they were coming…

Up front it was Anderson the clear leader, and Sexton a safe second, but the interest was all on the Barcia versus Stewart battle about to recommence…

With two laps to run the gap was now down to a second then as Stewart closed on Barcia the Salt Lake City crowd were going bananas…

On the final lap Stewart almost managed to jump into a challenging position but was not quite close enough, he was then baulked by a lapper which saw him run out of time to make another challenge. Barcia was booed loudly as he crossed the line.

Jason Anderson had stopped to celebrate his victory and acknowledge the crowd, but they were not in a celebratory mood as they continued to mock Barcia in protest of that earlier t-bone he made on Stewart.

With that victory Anderson closed to within nine-points of champion Tomac and finished his season with an incredible four Main wins in a row. Anderson won seven Mains across the season, the same number as champion Tomac.

Jason Anderson

While Barcia had finished ahead of Stewart on the track, it was the Husqvarna rider that claimed third place in the championship by a slender two-points over Barcia.

The crowd cheered very loudly when Stewart was handed his third place medal for the championship as he was clearly the fan favorite tonight on the back of his comeback after Barcia’s t-bone. Conversely, every time the circuit screens showed Barcia, the crowd jeered and heckled loudly.

Marvin Musquin fifth in the final race and fifth in the championship ahead of Chase Sexton. The Honda rider a strong second place in that final round to finish the season on a high note ahead of Pro Motocross getting underway.

2021 champ Cooper Webb finished his title defense with a somewhat disappointing seventh place in the championship.

Justin Brayton finished the Main in seventh to sign off a great and long career in Supercross with the ninth place in the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. 170 top ten finishes from those 190 starts for Brayton in what is a long and distinguished record.

At the other end of their career is (who is 450 rookie of the year)

Atop the final manufacturer points standings, which are calculated on a combined basis of 250 and 450 results, is Honda by five-points over Yamaha.

450 Main Event Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 26 Laps
2 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R WE +02.364
3 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F +10.187
4 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE +12.725
5 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE +15.803
6 Cooper Web KTM 450 SX-F FE +17.406
7 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R 25 Laps
8 Brandon Hartranft Suzuki RM-Z450 +05,638
9 Justin Starling GASGAS MC 450F +08,462
10 Ryan Breece Yamaha YZ450F +11.409
11 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F +18.312
12 Justin Bogle Suzuki RM-Z450 +24.779
13 Austin Politelli Honda CRF450R +31.227
14 Alex Martin Yamaha YZ450F +35.163
15th Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F 24 Laps
16 Justin Rodbell Kawasaki KX450 +31.660
17 Bryson Gardner Honda CRF450R 23 Laps
18 Ryan Surratt Yamaha YZ250F +17.654
19 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX450 +35.414
20 Benny Bloss KTM 450 SX-F 14 Laps
21 Cade Clason Honda CRF450R 12 Laps
22 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF250R 7 Laps

450 Main Video Highlights

450 Post Race Press Conference

450 Final Championship Standings (Round 17 of 17)

Pos Rider Points
1 Eli Tomac 359
2 Jason Anderson three hundred fifty
3 Malcolm Stewart 314
4 Justin Barcia 312
5 Marvin Musquin 305
6 Chase Sexton 292
7 Cooper Web 278
8 Brandon Hartranft 178
9 Justin Brayton 176
10 Dean Wilson 152
11 Dylan Ferrandis 141
12 Ken Roczen 133
13 Justin Bogle 114
14 Kyle Chisholm 109
15th Alex Martin 106
16 Justin Starling 103
17 Ryan Breece 103
18 Shane McElrath 101
19 Aaron Plessinger 97
20 Vince Friese 96
21 Cade Clason 77
22 Mitchell Oldenburg 65
23 Fredrik Noren 63
24 Max Anstie 55
25 Kevin Moranz 53
26 Benny Bloss 32
27 Logan Karnow 28
28 Joey Savatgy 27
29 Adam Cianciarulo 23
30 Justin Rodbell 22
31 Austin Politelli 18
32 Tristan Lane 15th
33 Joan Cros 15th
34 John Short 14
35 Alex Ray 14
36 Henry Miller 13
37 Josh Hill 13
38 Garrett Marchbanks 8
39 Adam Enticknap 8
40 Marshal Weltin 6
41 Bryson Gardner 6
42 Ryan Surratt 5
43 Jeremy Hand 5
44 Scott Meshey 3
45 Brandon Scharer 1

2022 Manufacturer Points Standing – Points Earned (450SX/250SX Combined)


Pos Manufacturer Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17
1 Honda 748 47 37 49 42 47 39 41 40 47 44 45 40 46 47 46 45 46
2 Yamaha 743 43 45 44 52 49 49 36 49 44 42 43 49 40 46 34 39 39
3 Kawasaki 696 36 47 33 39 40 40 49 49 35 31 40 42 29 45 52 45 44
4 GASGAS 629 38 40 40 39 31 42 35 28 37 42 39 39 25 34 39 39 42
5 Husqvarna 575 16 22 34 36 40 25 37 31 38 42 37 34 40 33 36 36 38
6 KTM 521 26 33 32 34 31 36 32 27 33 27 29 34 39 21 28 33 26
7 Suzuki 356 19 19 25 26 9 8 21 21 16 27 22 26 27 21 23 22 24

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