Supercross 2022: Results and points after Round 1 in Anaheim


In the final results of Monster Energy Supercross Round 1, Ken Roczen denied Justin Barcia a fourth consecutive opening night win as the series got back into action in front of a packed house of more than 45,000 fans at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, last Saturday night.

It was Roczen’s fourth opening night win in the series.

After an early challenge by teammate Chase Sexton, Roczen had a substantial lead of more than 13 seconds at one point during the race, but afterward said the lead was less of a help than one might imagine. As the soft track began to deteriorate, it was a matter of hanging on and keeping his feet on the pegs.

At the finish, Roczen handily beat last year’s champion Cooper Webb, who had to overcome a poor start to charge through the field. Webb was content with the result after finishing worse than he would like in recent seasons’ opening rounds.

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Webb secured the second-place position with three minutes remaining on the clock. In preseason interviews, Webb has been vocal about his desire to back up this championship with a second consecutive. He won his first title in 2019 before finishing second in 2020.

At the start of the race, Barcia had a record in sight. He was tied with Jeremy McGrath for the most consecutive opening-round wins at three. While he missed the top spot of the podium, he was on the steps nonetheless with his third-place finish.

Barcia was as high as second after taking the spot from an injured Adam Cianciarulo, who was riding with a sore shoulder. Jason Anderson would not let Barcia simply ride away, however, until a battle between the two ended with Anderson on the ground.

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Marvin Musquin had to survive a mid-race dustup with Malcolm Stewart, and the two had a heated conversation at the end of the race. It was Musquin’s second straight opening-round top five after finishing third in last year’s opener in Houston.

After earning the holeshot, Sexton rounded out the top five. He was Roczen’s toughest competition early in the race but went down about halfway through as he tried to keep from making a mistake that would send both Hondas to the ground.

As for Cianciarulo: He raced among the top five for the first half of the race until his shoulder lost strength. He will remount at Oakland next week try to go deeper into the race at full strength.

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In the 250 West class, Christian Craig fulfilled a lifelong dream of winning Anaheim 1.

From the top of the podium, he pointed into the stands where he sat as a child and showed his son the seats he once occupied. He took a moment to remind fans that childhood dreams can come true as he took an early lead in the points and tries to give Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing a second consecutive title.

He also sent well wishes to last year’s 250 East champion Colt Nichols, who suffered a hard crash in his heat earlier in the event and failed to make the Main.

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Craig held off Seth Hammaker in second and Hunter Lawrence in third as those two riders crossed over the finish line inches apart.

On the final lap, Hammaker was embroiled in battle with Garrett Marchbanks, but knew Lawrence was also coming on strong. After dispatching Marchbanks, Hammaker over-jumped in the final set of rhythms and washed out enough to open a door for Lawrence.

The loss of momentum forced Hammaker to limp over the line with Lawrence closing rapidly. Hammaker kept the second position.

Lawrence earned his first Anaheim podium in his first trip to the track. He was a last-minute addition to the field as a replacement to brother Jett Lawrence, who will now ride in the 250 East division after sustaining a minor injury in the offseason.

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Marchbanks finished fourth, and rounding out the top five was Vince Friese, who led the first three laps after grabbing the holeshot.

Michael Mosiman and Jo Shimoda finished sixth and seventh respectively to narrowly miss the top five.

Heather Lyne, Dennis Erb Jr. make history in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Lyne Erb Outlaws Late
Jacy Norgaard / World of Outlaws

More than two decades in the making, the pairing of Heather Lyne and Dennis Erb Jr. produced a historical milestone in Dirt Late Model.

Last month, Erb and his long-time crew chief Lyne won their first World of Outlaws Late Model Championship and with this achievement, Lyne became the first female crew chief to win in a national late model series. Their journey together goes back 21 years and tells the story of hard work, persistence and belief in oneself.

After a career-best season with the World of Outlaws, Erb and Lyne secured the points championship at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. with three races remaining in the season. The consistency and success of their season came down to pinpoint focus. Lyne and Erb are a team of two living out a David vs. Goliath tale. In order to be as successful as possible this year the duo knew they had to do as much as possible with the resources they had.

“It’s always a challenge when you only have two people, both at the racetrack and at the shop,” Lyne told NBC Sports. “I also work full time, so during the day, Dennis has to do a significant amount of work so that when I get down there I can start working and maintaining. It’s planning ahead. It’s having that system in place and making sure that you’re prepared ahead of time.

“When you have a problem at the track, making sure you have all that stuff ready so it’s a quick change and not a lengthy process to make a repair. We had zero DNFs in the World of Outlaws, we had only one DNF out of 96 races [combined among all series].”

Dennis Erb clinched his 2022 championship before the World of Outlaws World Finals. Jacy Norgaard – World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Taming Time

This was not an easy feat. Between a full travel schedule and Lyne’s full-time job as an engineer, time comes at a premium. What they lack in time and resources they made up for in patience and planning.

“We buckled down, and we got all the equipment that we needed back, motors freshened, and things of that nature,” Lyne said about the mid-point of last season. “We were able to keep up with that. We just had a higher focus. I tried to reduce my hours at my day job as much as I possibly could while still maintaining what I need to get done at work. I got rid of a lot of the other distractions and got a more refined system in place at the shop.

“We did certain tasks on certain days so we had time to recover. We were on the road a little bit more, as opposed to coming home to the shop. So we had to be more prepared to stay out on those longer runs. It was just really staying on top of things a little more. It was a heightened sense.”

This was Lyne and Erb’s fourth full season with the Outlaws, but they’ve been on the road together for the last 21 seasons starting in 2001. Their partnership began with Lyne’s bravery. When one door closed, she was quick to open another. In 2001, Lyne’s dad was ready to stop racing. Her mother wanted to regain her weekends, but Lyne knew this was her life path and wasn’t prepared to lose it.

“I’ve always been a tomboy at heart,” Lyne said. “I watched racing with my dad. Growing up he watched NASCAR. In high school, I got tired of playing at the lake house, so I went to the local dirt track and fell in love with it. I just couldn’t get enough. It took a year for me to convince my dad to come to the track with me. He finally did and we sponsored a car that year, the following year he started to race limited cars. He ran hobby stocks and limited late models.”

At some point, Lyne and her father’s level of commitment drifted apart.

“He did it for about five years,” Lyne said. “And then my mom said: ‘I’m done racing. I want my weekends back. It’s just not fun anymore.’ I wasn’t ready to hang up my wenches and Dennis raced out of the same hometown so I, on a dare, went down and introduced myself; told him if you ever need any help, I’ll drill out rivets, I’ll help wash, whatever you need. Twenty-one years later here I am.”

Heather Lyne became the first female crew chief to secure a national touring late model championship in 2022. Paul Arch / World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Breaking Through

Lyne entered a male-dominated job in a field that is also male-dominated – and where there were few examples of women creating these places for themselves. In this way, Lyne became a blueprint for other women as they strive to find a place for themselves in racing and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) overall. She has her mother to thank for providing a strong role model, her father for sharing her passion, Erb for taking a chance on an unknow entity and most importantly herself.

“I was raised to believe that I can do anything, I want to do, as long as I put my heart and soul into it.” Lyne replied when asked about role models in the sport growing up. “My parents did not raise me to have that limitation. But from a racing role model perspective, I went in there completely green and just introduced myself to Dennis, the fact that he was brave enough to take that risk and bring a girl to the racetrack. Someone he didn’t know at all speaks volumes for him.”

Lyne and Erb have learned how to survive and succeed with each other on the road. They do this by leveraging decades of combined experience and an ability to adapt to the everchanging landscape of dirt late models. Next year the World of Outlaws visits nearly a dozen new tracks and Lyne sees it as an opportunity for continued success.

“I just want to do it again,” Lyne says going into next season, “I’m looking forward to the competition, I always do. I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t competitively driven.

“There are some new tracks on the schedule that I’m looking forward to trying for the first time that I haven’t been to myself,” Lyne said of the 2023 season, “Dennis seems to do well on those first timers. We won out at Marion center, we finished second at Bloomsburg. We have a good solid notebook of information to tackle them over the last three years with these rocket race cars that we’re running. It’s good to have that information and leverage it to try some new things.”