Supercross 2022: Results and points after Round 2 in Oakland


A new winner and second-place finisher in Monster Energy Supercross Round 2 tightened the points as the final results showed Jason Anderson on the top step of the podium and last week’s winner Ken Roczen deep in the field.

It was an emotional win for Anderson, who suffered through the last 47 races without finding Victory Lane. His most recent win came in his championship season of 2018 at Atlanta.

Losing his grandmother during the offseason heightened the emotion as Anderson credited her as his biggest supporter from the top of the box.

Anderson was coming off a disappointing Round 1 where he finished 10th after getting sent to the ground with contact from Justin Barcia. Anderson’s win elevated him into a tie for second in the points with Cooper Webb.

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Likewise, Aaron Plessinger was dissatisfied with his Anaheim 1 results. After finishing fourth in his heat there, he dropped to ninth in the main, but productive practice sessions midweek contributed to his podium.

A runner-up finish in Oakland vaulted Plessinger to fourth in the standings with only two points separating him from second.

For the second straight week, Justin Barcia finished third. With consistent finishes, Barcia assumed the points’ lead by three markers over Anderson and Webb.

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Eli Tomac earned his first top-five of the season after winning his heat. Tomac got a slow start in the main and had to battle through the field.

Rounding out the top five was Malcolm Stewart, who improved on his Anaheim 1 result by two positions.

Last week’s top two finishers, Webb and Ken Roczen, struggled in the main.

Webb got a slow start and after being mired in the field early, he climbed to only seventh.

Roczen, who started Supercross Round 2 with a second-place finish in his heat, crashed hard in the whoops. He remounted and finished only 13th, which caused him to plummet to fifth in the points.

Click here for Round 2 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

The results were more familiar in the 250 West class with the same three riders on the podium.

Christian Craig started the season with back-to-back wins at Anaheim and Oakland, giving him an eight-point lead on the field. As with last week, he started Round 2 with a heat win that left nothing to the imagination. In Heat 2, he beat Hunter Lawrence by more than eight seconds.

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Lawrence had to settle for second in the main as well, but this time he closed the gap to less than six seconds. Consecutive podium finishes place him second in the championship standings.

Seth Hammaker also swept the podium in the first two rounds with a second at Anaheim and third at Oakland. With Lawrence and Hammaker swapping positions between the two rounds, they are tied for second in the points.

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Michael Mosiman won his heat race, but for the second straight round he failed to back it up with a podium. He barely missed the box with a fourth-place finish which was a two-position improvement from Anaheim.

Nate Thrasher rounded out the top five and had the best run through the field. After finishing fifth in his heat, he completed Lap 1 of the main in ninth before charging forward.

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 1 AT ANAHEIM: Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb renew rivalry with 1-2 finish

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed its new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with Ford Motor Co. in an event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and team principal Christian Horner.

It’s the first Formula 1 team to launch in the United States for 2023, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin, Texas, for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen already had wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts inevitably will turn to establishing a dynasty, and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his chief rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.