2022 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 4: Eli Tomac holds onto the top spot as Justin Barcia climbs to third

Supercross Rankings Round 4
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
0 Comments

Last week at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Eli Tomac became the fourth winner in four Monster Energy Supercross Series races and solidified his position at the top of the Power Rankings after Round 4.

Tomac got off to a slow start for the 2022 SX season with a third in his heat and sixth in the feature in Anaheim 1. The following week, he showed promise by winning his heat, but a poor start in the feature in Oakland denied him a podium finish; Tomac was fourth in Round 2. Since then, he found his rhythm with a second in his heat last week, followed by a second in the feature. More importantly, that gave him the red plate heading back to Anaheim.

A perfect weekend in Round 4 not only solidified his points lead, it keeps him atop our Supercross Power Rankings.

MORE: Eli Tomac becomes fourth winner in four Supercross rounds

With a second heat win in 2022 by more than six seconds over teammate Ken Roczen, Chase Sexton held onto the second position in the rankings. He followed that with a second podium finish  in the main, and if not for a couple of falls in the season opener, he would challenge Tomac for both the series’ points lead and the top spot in the Supercross Power Rankings after Round 4.

Justin Barcia edged Cooper Webb in both his heat and the feature last week to assume the third spot on the list. Barcia’s podium in Heat 2 followed Webb’s sixth-place finish in the first heat. In the feature, they were nose-to-tail with Barcia finishing seventh and Webb eighth.

Last year, Supercross began with four winners in four races and both Barcia and Webb were part of that list, so this week’s Triple Crown race in Glendale, Ariz. should be watched closely.

This week there was a tie for fourth.

Jason Anderson followed his Round 3 victory with a runner-up finish last week and bounded up the rankings from seventh. A sixth-place finish in his heat in Anaheim 2 kept him from taking the spot outright.

For the second straight week, contact between Anderson and Roczen sent last year’s second-place points’ finisher to the ground. With the crash, Roczen fell from fifth in the points to seventh, but his position in the championship standings took an even bigger hit because of a 13th-place feature finish. He is now ninth with 23 points that need to be made up on Tomac.

450 Rankings

1. Eli Tomac (last week: 1); [1 feature win, 2 heat wins]
2. Chase Sexton (2); [1 feature win, 3 heat wins]
3. Justin Barcia (4)
4. Cooper Webb (3); [1 heat win]
4. Jason Anderson (7); [1 feature win; 1 heat win]
6. Malcolm Stewart (6)
7. Ken Roczen (5); [1 feature, 1 heat win]
8. Dylan Ferrandis (10)
9. Marvin Musquin (9)
10. Aaron Plessinger (8)
11. Justin Brayton (11)
12. Shane McElrath (13)
12. Dean Wilson (12)
14. Max Anstie (14)
15. Joey Savatgy (15)
17. Mitchell Oldenburg (17)
18. Brandon Hartranft (18)
19. Fredrik Noren (19)
20. Kyle Chisholm (20)


Christian Craig wasted no time rebounding from his third-place finish in San Diego. Craig immediately rebounded to win both his heat and feature last week in Anaheim 2, but he felt pressure from the second-place rider for most of that race as Michael Mosiman led early and did not lose contact with Craig once he was passed.

Mosiman’s third heat win combined with his runner-up finish in the feature to elevate him one spot in the rankings, but more importantly he is learning how to contend for wins. Although the points’ differential right now is 14 between these two riders, it will only take a bobble or two by Craig for Mosiman to pounce.

Three was the operative number for Lawrence in Anaheim 2. He finished third in his heat, third in the feature and landed third in the Supercross 250 Power Rankings. Except for a fourth in the Anaheim 1 heat, Lawrence has been on the podium for every race this year.

Jo Shimoda climbed one spot in the rankings from fifth to fourth. Part of the reason for this advance was a hard crash by Vince Friese late in the feature, but Shimoda has also been a model of consistency with a worst of seventh all season.

It could have been much worse for Friese. After crashing in the whoops and getting hit in the helmet by Shimoda’s front tire in Anaheim 2, Friese failed to finish the main and was credited with 19th. Friese bit his tongue and required stitches, but he might just as easily have been forced to sit out a race or two with a concussion.

That is precisely what happened to Jalek Swoll after a hard crash in Anaheim 1. He was forced to sit out Oakland, but roared back and landed 13th on the chart last week by benefit of seventh-place finishes in his San Diego heat and feature. In Anaheim 2, he swept the top five in both events and climbed to 13th to make his debut among the 250 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 4.

250 Rankings

1. Christian Craig (1); [3 feature, 4 heat wins]
2. Michael Mosiman (3); [1 feature; 3 heat wins]
3. Hunter Lawrence (2); [1 heat win]
4. Jo Shimoda (5)
5. Vince Friese (4)
6. Nate Thrasher (6)
7. Carson Mumford (9)
8. Jalek Swoll (13)
9. Cole Thompson (10)
9. Chris Blose (8)
11. Carson Brown (12)
12. Robbie Wageman (11)
13. Garrett Marchbanks (7)
14. Ryan Surratt (14)
15. Dominique Thury (15)
16. Logan Karnow (17)
17. Dylan Walsh (16)
18. Dilan Schwartz (18)
19. Justin Rodbell (26)
19. Derek Kelley (20)

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 1 AT ANAHEIM: Ken Roczen, Christian Craig have a perfect weekend

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 2 AT OAKLAND: Justin Barcia climbs to the top spot

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 3 AT SAN DIEGO: Consistency pays off for Eli Tomac

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info

0 Comments

The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUT:

Click here to view the track map

HOW TO WATCH SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN 2023Full NBC Sports, Peacock schedule

FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


2023 SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


NBC SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Five things to watch in the 2023 Supercross season

Austin Forkner out for 2023 Supercross season

Malcolm Stewart aims for 450 breakthrough

A new attitude for Adam Cianciarulo in 2023

Ken Roczen signs with Suzuki

Hunter and Jett Lawrence walk a fine line with competition and fans

Three talented rookies move up to 450

Jett Lawrence wants to run 450 division for SMX playoffs