Supercross 2022: Results and points after Round 5 in Glendale


After three Triple Crown feature results were tallied in Monster Energy Supercross Round 5 at Glendale, Ariz., Eli Tomac emerged as the first repeat winner of 2022 and extended his points’ lead over Chase Sexton to 11.

The Triple Crown format means three opportunities to make a mistake on a race start, but Tomac was flawless. He earned the holeshot in the first two races and started third in the final event when all he needed to do was finish fourth or better to take the overall victory.

Supercross began their last two seasons with four different winners, and Tomac replicated another theme by snapping that streak with consecutive wins.

Last year at Indianapolis, Ken Roczen ended Supercross’ streak with back-to-back victories for the first time since 2017. Tomac didn’t have to wait quite as long. He won consecutive races at Daytona in March 2020 in the last race before COVID-19 interrupted that season and then took the first of seven races at Salt Lake City more than two months later.

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Malcolm Stewart earned a career-best finish of second in the Triple Crown with consistently strong finishes in each race. He failed to win one of the events, but stood on the podium twice and had a worst result of fourth.

After getting off to a slow start with two falls in the first race and an 11th-place finish, Chase Sexton finished third in Race 2 and won the final moto to finish third overall. He now stands second in the standings with a four-point advantage over Jason Anderson.

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For most of the night, it appeared Anderson would be Tomac’s strongest competition. He finished second in Race 1 and was running in that position in the second moto before jumping wide and getting hung up on a Tuff Blox. The mistake dropped him to 12th in Race 2, but he rebounded and finished second to Sexton in the final event to take fourth overall.

Roczen rounded out the top five with finishes of 4-6-7.

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Hunter Lawrence became the second first-time winner of the season in 250 West. He won the second race and finished in the runner-up position in the other two events, which finally allowed him to cut into Christian Craig’s points’ lead. Lawrence trails by eight with five races remaining.

Although this is Lawrence’s first win, it continues a streak of perfect podium finishes in the first five rounds of the season.

The overall results could have been much worse for Craig. He took a hard fall in Race 2 and was propelled headfirst off his Yamaha when an aggressive pass by Vince Friese went catastrophically wrong early in that moto. Craig was able to remount and climb to fourth at the checkers. He won the first and third races to finish second overall.

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Three was an important number for Jo Shimoda. Finishing third overall with a pair of third-place finishes gave him his first podium of 2022.

Garrett Marchbanks finished fourth overall with consistent results of 4-6-6.

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Friese also remounted after his Race 2 accident with Craig, but was able to climb to only 10th. Combined with a third in Race 1 and fourth in Race 3, he rounded out the top five.

The night was disastrous for Michael Mosiman, who entered Glendale with back-to-back podiums that included a win in San Diego. He crashed in traffic on the first lap of Race 1 and finished 10th. Craig’s accident in the second race gave him hope that he might be able to gain points on the series leader when Mosiman finished second in that moto to Craig’s fourth.

Mosiman suffered another hard crash in the final race and finished ninth overall. He is currently third in the standings, 23 points behind Craig and 15 behind Lawrence.

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

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 3 AT SAN DIEGO: First time wins for Chase Sexton (450s) and Michael Mosiman (250s)

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 4 AT ANAHEIM: Eli Tomac solidifies points’ lead with first win of 2022

Miguel Oliveira wins MotoGP Thai Grand Prix, Bagnaia closes to two points in championship

MotoGP Thai Grand Prix
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Miguel Oliveira mastered mixed conditions on the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to win the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. Oliveira showed the adaptability as he navigated a race that began in wet conditions and turned dry over the course of the race. Oliveira won the Indonesian GP in similar conditions.

“It was a long race, but I can’t complain,” Oliveira said on CNBC. “Every time we get to ride in the wet, I’m always super-fast. When it started raining, I had flashbacks of Indonesia. I tried to keep my feet on the ground, make a good start and not make mistakes and carry the bike to the end.”

All eyes were on the championship, however. Francesco Bagnaia got a great start to slot into second in Turn 1.

Meanwhile Fabio Quartararo had a disastrous first lap. He lost five positions in the first couple of turns and then rode over the rumble strips and fell back to 17th. At the end of the first lap, Bagnaia had the points’ lead by two. A win would have added to the gain and for a moment, it appeared Bagnaia might assume the lead.

Early leader Marco Bezzecchi was penalized for exceeding track limits, but before that happened, Jack Miller got around Bagnaia and pushed him back to third. Oliveira was not far behind.

After throwing away ninth-place and seven points on the last lap of the Japanese GP last week, Bagnaia did not allow the competition to press him into a mistake. He fell back as far as fourth before retaking the final position on the podium.

“It’s like a win for me, this podium,” Bagnaia. “My first podium in the wet and then there was a mix of conditions, so I’m very happy. I want to thank Jack Miller. Before the race, he gave me a motivational chat.”

Miller led the first half of the Thai Grand Prix before giving up the top spot to Oliveira and then held on to finish second. Coupled with his Japanese GP win, Miller is now fully in the MotoGP championship battle with a 40-point deficit, but he will need a string of results like Bagnaia has put together in recent weeks – and he needs Bagnaia to lose momentum.

Miller’s home Grand Prix in Australia is next up on the calendar in two weeks.

Bagnaia entered the race 18 points behind Quartararo after he failed to score any in Japan. The balance of power has rapidly shifted, however, with Quartararo now failing to earn points in two of the last three rounds. Bagnaia won four consecutive races and finished second in the five races leading up to Japan. His third-place finish in Thailand is now his sixth MotoGP podium in the last seven rounds.

Aleix Espargaro entered the race third in the standings with a 25-point deficit to Quartararo, but was able to close the gap by only five after getting hit with a long-lap penalty for aggressive riding when he pushed Darryn Binder off course during a pass for position. Espargaro finished 11th.

Rain mixed up the Moto2 running order in the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix as well. Starting on a wet track, Somkiat Chantra led the opening lap in his home Grand Prix. He could not hold onto it and crashed one circuit later, but still gave his countrymen a moment of pride by winning the pole.

Half points were awarded as the race went only eight laps before Tony Arbolino crossed under the checkers first with Filip Salac and Aron Canet rounding out the podium.

American Joe Roberts earned another top-10 in eighth with Sean Dylan Kelly finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th.