Supercross releases 2022 schedule of 17 events on Saturday nights with full capacity

Supercross 2022 schedule
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The 2022 Monster Energy Supercross schedule was unveiled Tuesday afternoon and will feature 17 races across 15 cities with crowds returning to full capacity.

The season will open Jan. 8 at Angel Stadium as the Anaheim, California, location returns as its traditional season opener. Anaheim also will host Round 4 (Jan. 29) and Round 6 (Feb. 12).

All 17 races will be on Saturday night after the 2021 slate featured several midweek races with venues hosting multiple-stop “residencies” (including Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is off this year’s schedule).

Anaheim will be the only city playing host to multiple races next year.

After falling off last year’s schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, and Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington, are back in ’22.

Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, again will play host to the season finale on May 7.

Two-time 450 champion Cooper Webb will return to defend his title against Ken Roczen (who still is seeking his first), 2020 champion Eli Tomac (who is leaving Kawasaki), 2018 champion Jason Anderson, Dylan Ferrandis, Marvin Musquin, Adam Cianciarulo, Justin Barcia, Aaron Plessinger, Malcolm Stewart and Chase Sexton.

In the 250 division, champions Justin Cooper (West) and Colt Nichols (East) return along with Jett and Hunter Lawrence and Jo Shimoda, who became the first Japanese rider to win last year.

Supercross events will return to holding FanFest for all rounds except Minneapolis and Detroit. The exhibit features the team rigs, demonstration rides and photo ops for crowds.

Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide


Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.