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.

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”