Thrasher wins 250 East-West Showdown from Lawrence

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

Report by Trevor Hedge – Images by Jeff Kardas

The Supercross season finale was without its freshly crowned 250 East Champion! Young Aussie Jett Lawrence sprained his ankle during morning practice and decided it would be smarter to pull out of the event and give his ankle the best chance of making a quick recovery rather than put it at further risk.

Jett Lawrence sprained his ankle during morning practice and did not contest the Heats/Main

Thus the 250 East-West Showdown was staged without the 250 East Champ as with just three weeks before the start of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Jett instead now focuses on being 100 per cent ready for the Pro Motocross season opener in Pala, California, on May 28.


250 West Heat

Christian Craig ran away with the 250 West Heat that kicked off proceedings at Rice-Eccles Stadium in front of a huge Salt Lake City crowd for the 17th and final round of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

250 West Heat

Nate Thrasher took the flag six-seconds behind Craig while Chris Blose was more than double that distance behind the winner to take third place ahead of Jo Shimoda.

Hunter Lawrence had a difficult start to the day. Hunter was sixth early on before making a mistake on lap five that saw him shuffled as far back as tenth, before the Aussie youngster recovered to a seventh place finish.

Countryman Geran Stapleton just missed out on a transfer spot after crossing the line 11th and this was headed for the LCQ but after sixth in that contest unfortunately failed to make the finishing cut.

250 West Heat Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Christian Craig Yamaha YZ250F 8 Laps
2 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F +06.340
3 Chris Bloss GASGAS MC 250F +14.379
4 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki KX250 +16.345
5 Dominique Thury Yamaha YZ250F +20.297
6 Carson Brown KTM 250 SX-F +25.941
7 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R +27.078
8 Vince Friese Honda CRF250R +34.673
9 Jalek Swoll Husqvarna FC 250 +36,470
10 Mitchell Harrison GASGAS MC 250F +42.649
11 Geran Stapleton GASGAS MC 250F +45,308
12 Devin Harriman GASGAS MC 250F +47,329
13 Wyatt Lyonsmith Kawasaki KX250 +51.290
14 Brandon Ray Kawasaki KX250 +54,657
15th Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F +57.306
16 Derek Kelly KTM 250 SX-F 7 Laps
17 Maxwell Sanford Honda CRF250R +12.240
18 Chad Saultz KTM 250 SX-F +22.109
19 Jerry Robin GASGAS MC 250F 3 Laps
20 Logan Leitzel Kawasaki KX250 2 Laps

250 East Heat

Recently crowned 250 East Champion Jett Lawrence did not make the start of the 250 East Heat race after spraining his right ankle in a crash during morning practice.

Mitch Oldenburg escaped to an early lead in the 250 East Heat while Austin Forkner gave chase and eventually closed him down before passing him and pulling away from the Honda man.

250 East Heat

Forkner the clear winner from Oldenburg while Enzo Lopes nursed his way to the line to clinch third place after a gearbox failure late in the race.

RJ Hampshire made some mistakes but clawed his way back inside the transfer cut-off late in the race to earn his spot in the East-West Showdown Main. Pierce Brown however didn’t make the cut and was headed for the LCQ but went on to win that contest to earn his spot in the Main.

250 East Heat Results

Pos Rider Bike Lap/Interval
1 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 8 Laps
2 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R +03.485
3 Enzo Lopes Yamaha YZ250F +10.667
4 Jordon Smith Honda CRF250R +13.774
5 Jace Owen Yamaha YZ250F +15.317
6 Marshal Weltin Yamaha YZ250F +17.216
7 Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z250 +18.483
8 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 +23.514
9 Jarrett Frye Honda CRF250R +25.023
10 Max Miller KTM 250 SX-F +26.822
11 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F +28.150
12 Cullin Park Honda CRF250R +35.266
13 Tj Albright Kawasaki KX250 7 Laps
14 Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX250 +03.883
15th Kyle Grayson KTM 250 SX-F +07.273
16 Jack Chambers KTM 250 SX-F +09.371
17 Robert Hailey KTM 250 SX-F +39.527
18 Luca Marsalisi Yamaha YZ250F +58,584
19 Hardy Munoz Kawasaki KX250 5 Laps
20 Hunter Yoder Honda CRF250R 1 Laps

250 E/W Showdown Main Event

Hunter Lawrence and Christian Craig were side-by-side in turn one but it was Hunter that took the early advantage as Craig played it somewhat safe to protect his box seat in the championship.

250 E/W Showdown Main Event

In third place was Craig’s team-mate Nate Thrasher and he was not going to force the issue but a door opened two-minutes into the race and Thrasher rode through it to that second place and started to challenge Hunter Lawrence for the lead. Thrasher’s pass on Lawrence not quite as careful as it was on his team-mate but it was still clean enough and once through he left Lawrence in his dust.

Christian Craig went down five-minutes into the race and lost a couple of positions from that mistake, slipping to sixth place just behind Austin Forkner. The Kawasaki man then made a small mistake which allowed Craig to go back up to fifth.

At the halfway point of the contest Thrasher led Lawrence by 2.5-seconds with Pierce Brown a similar distance further back in third place. RJ Hampshire was a few bike lengths behind Brown and running in fourth place, while Craig was a couple of second further back in fifth.

Jo Shimoda then worked his way past Austin Forkner before then proceeding to push Christian Craig back to sixth.

With four-minutes to run Lawrence stepped up to take the challenge for victory to Thrasher as they negotiated lapped traffic. Two-minutes later Hunter was all over the back of Thrasher and looking for a way past. Hunter’s first attempt cost him a little time and the clock was running down fast. Further back Craig had been relegated to eighth by Forkner and Mosiman…

Hunter made another attempt on Thrasher with 30-seconds left on the clock which again cost him plenty of time but they still had a lot of lapped traffic to negotiate over the final two laps.

It was a tense and exciting final lap but Lawrence could not find a way past Thrasher and had to settle for the second place a bike length behind the Yamaha man who ended his sometimes difficult season on a high note.

Pierce Brown rounded out the podium ahead of RJ Hampshire and Jo Shimoda but with an eighth place finish that was enough for Christian Craig to win his first ever AMA Supercross Championship.

30-year-old Christian Craig the 2022 250 West Championship winner

30-year-old Christian Craig the 2022 250 West Championship winner by ten-points over 23-year-old Hunter Lawrence.

Christian Craig the 2022 250 West Champion

23-points further back Michael Mosiman finishes with third place in the West championship, 35-points ahead of 19-year-old Jo Shimoda.

Jett Lawrence might not have contested the final round but still finishes season 2022 with a 34-point advantage over RJ Hampshire as the young Aussie added the 250 Supercross East Championship ahead of getting his AMA Pro Motocross Title defense underway late this month.

250 Rookie of the Year was Cullin Park.

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.


250 E/W Showdown Main Event Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 19 Laps
2 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R +00,432
3 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F +04.011
4 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 +13.212
5 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki KX250 +16.426
6 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 +17.256
7 Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F +27.400
8 Christian Craig Yamaha YZ250F +32.435
9 Chris Bloss GASGAS MC 250F +36,471
10 Jalek Swoll Husqvarna FC 250 +38,078
11 Jordon Smith Honda CRF250R +46.068
12 Jace Owen Yamaha YZ250F +47.273
13 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R 18 Laps
14 Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z250 +02.407
15th Carson Brown KTM 250 SX-F +02,426
16 Cullin Park Honda CRF250R +09,597
17 Vince Friese Honda CRF250R +27.979
18 Dominique Thury Yamaha YZ250F +31.117
19 Mitchell Harrison GASGAS MC 250F +32.406
20 Jarrett Frye Honda CRF250R +37,639
21 Marshal Weltin Yamaha YZ250F +52.864
22 Enzo Lopes Yamaha YZ250F 11 Laps

250 E/W Showdown Main Video Highlights


250 Post Race Press Conference


250 East Final Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Jett Lawrence 192
2 Rj Hampshire 158
3 Pierce Brown 149
4 Mitchell Oldenburg 132
5 Enzo Lopes 117
6 Jordon Smith 116
7 Cameron McAdoo 114
8 Jace Owen 101
9 Austin Forkner 98
10 Derek Drake 88
11 Joshua Varize 78
12 Philip Nicoletti 76
13 Stiles Robertson 67
14 Kyle Chisholm 64
15th Cullin Park 56
16 John Short 54
17 Jeremy Martin 42
18 Henry Miller 41
19 Marshal Weltin 39
20 Jarrett Frye 35
21 Kyle Peters 25
22 Joshua Cartwright 24
23 Hardy Munoz 23
24 Ramyller Alves 17
25 Michael Hicks 17
26 Jeremy Hand 16
27 Levi’s Kitchen 15th
28 Jack Chambers 15th
29 Lance Kobusch 15th
30 Hunter Yoder 12
31 Grant Harlan 8
32 Coty Schock 8
33 Brock Papi 6
34 Josh Osby 6
35 Max Miller 4
36 Lane Shaw 3
37 Luke Neese 3
38 Devin Simonson 2
39 Luca Marsalisi 1
40 Max Vohland 1
41 Aj Catanzaro 1

250 West Final Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Christian Craig 230
2 Hunter Lawrence 220
3 Michael Mosiman 197
4 Jo Shimoda 162
5 Nate Thrasher 152
6 Vince Friese 150
7 Chris Bloss 120
8 Garrett Marchbanks 117
9 Robbie Wageman 109
10 Jalek Swoll 106
11 Carson Brown 92
12 Carson Mumford 80
13 Derek Kelly 78
14 Dominique Thury 65
15th Cole Thompson 50
16 Mitchell Harrison 50
17 Ryan Surratt 48
18 Seth Hammaker 44
19 Dylan Walsh 41
20 Logan Karnow 40
21 Devin Harriman 32
22 Geran Stapleton 30
23 Kaeden Amerine 28
24 Dilan Schwartz 26
25 Hunter Schlosser 16
26 Dylan Woodcock 15th
27 Jerry Robin 13
28 Mcclellan Hill 13
29 Tre Fierro 10
30 Brandon Ray 9
31 Justin Rodbell 8
32 Maxwell Sanford 7
33 Wyatt Lyonsmith 7
34 Jesse Flock 3
35 Alexander Nagy 3
36 Gared Steinke 2
37 Richard Taylor 2
38 Jy Roberts 2

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

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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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