Supercross 2022: Results and points after Round 3 in San Diego

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The Monster Energy Supercross Round 3 results reveal a third winner as Chase Sexton grabbed the lead on Lap 4 and never looked back. It was Sexton’s first 450 SX win and it came on the same night as Michael Mosiman earned his first victory in the 250 West division.

Last year, Sexton was on his way to a win early in his rookie season until he wrecked at Houston and missed several races due to injury. When he returned, Sexton stood on the podium three times in 2022, including the season finale at Salt Lake City.

Eli Tomac has struggled with starts for much of his Supercross career, crossing under the Lap 1 green flag nearly eighth on average. Saturday night, he started strong and was running third on the opening lap. His second-place finish was enough to elevate Tomac to the points’ lead by one over Sexton and Cooper Webb in one of the tightest battles ever seen at this stage of the season.

Tomac’s teammate Dylan Ferrandis finished third to earn his second podium in the 450 class. His first came in Houston 2 last year.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for 250 Results

Before Round 3, Cooper Webb said it was time to make a charge in the points. He started the night with a heat win and rode among the top five for most of the main before settling into fourth. With so much parity among the top five this season, he closed to within one point of the leader.

Malcolm Stewart rounded out the top five for his second consecutive fifth-place result and fourth top-five in his last five races stretching back to last year.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 results | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Only seven points separate first from eighth after Supercross Round 3, so those results continue to shift dramatically. Following a ninth-place finish Saturday night, Justin Barcia fell from first to fourth in the standings.

Ken Roczen challenged for a top-five halfway through the event until contact with Jason Anderson put him on the ground for a second week. He finished seventh in the race and currently holds the eighth-place position in the points.

Click here for Round 3 450 Main results | Rider Points | Combined 450/250 Manufacturer Points


Michael Mosiman knocked Christian Craig out of top spot in the 250 West division for the first time this season. Earning the hole shot, he led all 20 laps but was never more than a little more than two seconds ahead of Hunter Lawrence until that rider bobbled in traffic with four seconds remaining.

Lawrence saw this as an opportunity to take the points’ lead from Craig. As the field charged into the first turn, Mosiman and Lawrence funneled the field, including Craig, into the Tuff Blox, which caused Craig, Jo Shimoda, and several other riders to go down.

Lawrence patiently stalked Mosiman for most of the race until his accident at the end of the whoops. Once remounted, Lawrence closed the gap again and finished a close second.

But it was Craig that had the feel-good performance of the night. After starting the race with “his head on the ground,” he climbed back onto his Yamaha and rode through the field like a man possessed.

Craig passed Vince Friese for the final spot on the podium as time ran off the clock.

Click here for 250 West Heat 1 results | 250 West Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Craig’s comeback charge allowed him to hold onto the red plate. He currently has a six-point lead over Lawrence with three of 10 races in the books.

Friese finished fourth and kept his strong start to the season alive. In two previous rounds, Friese finished fifth in Anaheim 1 and was sixth at Oakland.

Click here for 250 West Main results | 250 West rider points

Shimoda crashed in the same opening lap incident as Craig. He too was able to remount and climbed to fifth in the final rundown.

After missing one week with a concussion, Jalek Swoll finished seventh. He was the first rider one lap off the pace.

Garrett Marchbanks entered Supercross Round 3 ranked fifth in the Power Rankings, but a problem with his bike relegated him to last in the main.

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

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 2 AT OAKLAND: Jason Anderson wins, Ken Roczen struggles to tighten points’ standings

Houston Supercross by the numbers: Five riders begin to gap the field

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Chase Sexton stumbled in San Diego and Eli Tomac had a hard fall in Anaheim 2, but the Monster Energy Supercross numbers for Houston suggest they will continue to be the ones to beat in Houston. To do so, they will have to turn back challenges from another pair of riders who have swept the top five in the first three rounds and another with a worst finish of sixth.

Houston Supercross numbers
Cooper Webb’s ability to close races makes him a Houston favorite. – Feld Motor Sports

Despite an accident in his heat in San Diego that sent him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), Sexton recovered to score a top-five that weekend. His podium finish in Anaheim 1 and overall win last week in Anaheim 2 makes him one of the three riders with a perfect top-five record. He is joined by Cooper Webb, who finished second in the first two rounds and fourth last week, and Ken Roczen, whose consistency in the first three races contributed to him grabbing the top spot in this week’s NBC Supercross Power Rankings.

There are reasons to believe Webb and Roczen can keep those streaks alive.

Webb is the only multiple winner at Supercross’ current Houston stadium. His pair of wins came in 2019 and 2021, the same year he won his two 450 championships.

Clinton Fowler points out this week, that Webb has carried that strength into 2023. Webb had a late surge in Anaheim 1, advancing from fifth to second in the final six laps. In San Diego, he set his ninth fastest lap with two to go and his eighth fastest on the final lap. He posted his fastest lap of Anaheim 2 on Lap 12 while the rest of the field did so on Lap 6 on average.

By comparison, Tomac set his 14th fastest lap on the final circuit in route to winning the Main at San Diego while he was trying to keep Webb at bay.

With a sixth at San Diego, Dylan Ferrandis barely missed sweeping the top five in his first three races as did Tomac with a sixth last week at Anaheim 2.

This will be the 46th year Supercross has visited Houston and with 55 races the city is tied for the second-most with Detroit.

Jim Pomeroy won the first race in the Astrodome during the inaugural season of 1974 on a 250, which was the premiere class at the time. Houston was one of three races held that year along with events at Daytona International Speedway and the Los Angeles Coliseum. All three venues return in 2023 with the first SuperMotocross championship finale returning to the famed LA Coliseum in September.

Webb won most recently in 2021 in the final race of three held there that year as the series executed a strategy of racing in residencies to limit travel during height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomac and Justin Barcia also won in Houston in 2021.

Two privateers have started the season on a high note.

Joshua Cartwright and Joshua Varize have each made the last two Mains. Cartwright finished 18th in San Diego and 21st last week in Anaheim 2 – all while working fulltime as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the University of Texas, Dallas. Varize earned a top-15 (12th) in San Diego and was 21st in Anaheim 2 in his third season on a 450.

Michael Mosiman scored his first 250 win last year in San Diego. – Feld Motor Sports

The numbers show none of the active 250 Supercross East riders have won in Houston, so no matter who steps on top of the box, there is going to be a fresh face. That is not surprising since most of the top competitors have not raced at this venue yet.

Michael Mosiman has a pair of top-fives there, however. His best finish was a second in the second 2021 race. Garrett Marchbanks scored a top-10 in his rookie season of 2019 in Houston.

In the 250 East division, Hunter Lawrence is one of the favorites to win the title now that Christian Craig has moved to 450s. Last year he had four wins and nine podiums, but failed to set a fast lap in a race.

The other 250 riders with 2022 wins this week are Mosiman, who earned his first Supercross win last year in San Diego, and Nate Thrasher, who became the fifth new class winner at Daytona.

Jeremy Martin will attempt to extend a record this week in Houston. His division leading SuperMotocross podiums number 65. He has 26 wins in the combined sessions, which ranks fourth all time.

Last Five Houston Winners

450s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Cooper Webb
2021, Race 2: Eli Tomac
2021, Race 1: Justin Barcia
2020, no race
2019, Cooper Webb
2018, Jason Anderson

250s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Colt Nichols
2021, Race 2: Jett Lawrence
2021, Race 1: Christian Craig
2020, no race
2019, Dylan Ferrandis
2018, Aaron Plessinger

By the Numbers

Anaheim 2
San Diego

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