2022 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 5: Eli Tomac remains on top, Malcolm Stewart is biggest mover

Supercross Rankings Round 5
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The jockeying for position in the first four weeks is over and Eli Tomac has emerged at the top of the Monster Energy Supercross Rankings following the first Triple Crown weekend in Round 5 at Glendale, Arizona.

Three feature races meant there were three chances for riders to make mistakes. Tomac has struggled with starts during his career, but set the tone early by earning the holeshot in the first two races in route to feature wins. In the final race at Glendale, he started and finished third. In his last eight heats and features, Tomac has not finished off the podium, and that will make him difficult to catch in the rankings for a while.

Mistakes kept Chase Sexton from making a bigger charge on Tomac. He fell twice in the first feature at Glendale before remounting to finish 11th. Once he found his balance, Sexton swept the podium in his last two races and was scored third overall for the weekend. That was enough to retain second in the Supercross Rankings after Round 5.

MORE: Eli Tomac wins back-to-back Supercross races to solidify his advantage

Malcolm Stewart was the biggest mover among this week’s top 10, jumping three positions in the rankings with a consistently strong weekend in Arizona. He did not win one of the features, but had a worst result of fourth in the three races. In the second race, he finished runner-up to Tomac, which contributed to his best career Supercross finish of second.

Jason Anderson had an unforced error in Race 2 of the Triple Crown. After finishing runner-up to Tomac in his first feature, Anderson was comfortably in second when he jumped wide and got hung up on a Tuff Blox. Without that mistake, he likely would have finished the night with a 2-2-2, which have left him one point behind Tomac for the overall win.

Consistency does not always equal strength. Justin Barcia finished 6-7-6 in last week’s three features, which equated to sixth overall. Those relatively modest results allowed Stewart and Anderson to leapfrog him and push Barcia to fifth in the rankings.

Still, Barcia did not fall quite as hard as Cooper Webb, who slipped from a tie for fourth to seventh in the Supercross Rankings after Round 5 with an 8-8-5 in the features and eighth overall.

450 Rankings

1. Eli Tomac (last week: 1); [2 feature wins, 4 heat and wins]
2. Chase Sexton (2); [1 feature win, 4 heat wins]
3. Malcolm Stewart (6)
4. Jason Anderson (4); [1 feature win; 1 heat win]
5. Justin Barcia (3)
6. Ken Roczen (7); [1 feature, 1 heat win]
7. Cooper Webb (4); [1 heat win]
8. Marvin Musquin (9)
9. Dylan Ferrandis (8)
10. Aaron Plessinger (10)
11. Dean Wilson (12)
12. Shane McElrath (12)
13. Joey Savatgy (15)
14. Justin Brayton (11)
15. Mitchell Oldenburg (16)
16. Max Anstie (14)
17. Brandon Hartranft (17)
18. Kyle Chisholm (19)
19. Josh Hill (21)
20. Justin Bogle (22)


By the time the dust settled, and the steam evaporated from Christian Craig ears, he found himself the winner of two of the three Glendale races, but second in the overall standings. The middle race was critical as he was cleaned out by Vince Friese in the sand section of the track, which dropped him from the lead and a potential perfect sweep of the weekend to the back of the pack.

Craig remounted and charged to fourth at the end of that race, but it opened the door for Hunter Lawrence to win his first feature of the season. With such an incredibly strong start to the season, Craig maintained the lead.

But it was also a solid night for Lawrence, who finally made slight inroads into Craig’s 250 West points’ lead. Eight is a much easier number to manage than 14, which is where the gap would have stood without Craig’s misfortune.

Three was the operative number for Jo Shimoda. He finished third in two of the three races and climbed to third in the standings. The series returns to Anaheim for a third time this week and Shimoda struggled in the first two outings with seventh-place finishes.

Michael Mosiman suffered the most in Arizona. He crashed on Lap 1 of Race 1. Once he remounted, he lost his momentum and barely cracked the top 10 in that race. He rebounded to finish second in Race 2, but sustained another crash in the final event and finished 15th. All of those numbers combined to drop him from second in the Supercross Rankings to fourth at the end of Round 5.

Friese also remounted his bike after the Race 2 contact with Craig, but he only climbed to 10th at the checkers. That, along with a fifth-place overall finish, was enough to allow him to retain fifth in the rankings.

250 Rankings

1. Christian Craig (1); [3 feature wins, 6 heat wins]
2. Hunter Lawrence (3); [1 feature win, 2 heat wins]
3. Jo Shimoda (4)
4. Michael Mosiman (2); [1 feature win, 3 heat wins]
5. Vince Friese (5)
6. Nate Thrasher (6)
7. Jalek Swoll (8)
8. Carson Brown (11)
9. Garrett Marchbanks (13)
10. Robbie Wageman (12)
11. Carson Mumford (7)
12. Chris Blose (9)
13. Cole Thompson (9)
14. Ryan Surratt (14)
15. Dylan Walsh (17)
16. Dominique Thury (15)
17. Derek Kelley (19)
18. Logan Karnow (16)
19. Mitchell Harrison (21)
20. Dilan Schwartz (18)

Triple Crown wins included with Heat wins

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

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 4 AT ANAHEIM: Eli Tomac remains on top as competition levels

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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