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

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

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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.