Supercross 2022: Results and points after Round 7 in Minneapolis

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Jason Anderson earned his third win of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season and his Round 7 results at Minneapolis, Minnesota were enough to close the gap on Eli Tomac to just three points in the championship standings.

Anderson was resigned to finishing second in the Minneapolis race when found himself three seconds behind the leader as time ran off the clock. On the final lap, Chase Sexton buried a front tire on a jump and crashed hard, which handed the lead to Anderson. His three wins this season are joined with one other podium finish, a second in Anaheim 2.

After going to the ground in Anaheim 1 and San Diego, Anderson believed it was time for him to have a little luck as the series prepares to head down Interstate 35 to Dallas for next week’s race.

Anderson was able to close the points’ gap when Tomac got hung up on a jump on Lap 1, fell back to 20th and could only recover to finish sixth.

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

Cooper Webb had an up and down race Saturday night. He earned the holeshot in the feature after finishing second in his heat, but was quickly caught by Sexton. Webb fell back as far as fourth until two riders experienced trouble in the closing laps with Malcolm Stewart and Sexton both tucking their front tires and crashing. Webb’s second-place finish Saturday night is his second podium of 2022.

Marvin Musquin earned his first podium of the season after coming up one position short in Anaheim 1. He rode well in the last two races, at Glendale and Anaheim 3, before his own incidents denied the elusive top-three finish.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 results | Heat 2 | LCQ

Stewart was well on his way to a second podium for the season until he overjumped the final turn in a rhythm section and buried his tire. He remounted in the top five, and after Sexton’s crash was elevated to fourth. This improves his current streak of top-fives to six consecutive races.

One week after earning his third podium of the season, Justin Barcia scored his fourth top-five by finishing fifth.

Click here for Round 7 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points


The 250 East riders got their first taste of action in Minneapolis with Jett Lawrence beating Austin Forkner to the line by a little more than five seconds.

 

Forkner earned the holeshot before Lawrence made an aggressive but clean pass on Lap 2. Forkner kept Lawrence in sight for the first half of the race, keeping the distance to under two seconds for most of the first nine laps.

Forkner was pleased with his start and believes that bodes well for the championship hunt.

Click here for 250 East Heat 1 results | Heat 2 | LCQ

Forkner’s teammate Cameron McAdoo finished a close third and was less than two seconds behind the runner-up finisher.

Minnesota native Jeremy Martin finished fourth in the main after scoring a modest fifth-place finish in his heat

Click here for 250 East Main results | 250 East Rider Points

Rounding out the top five was RJ Hampshire, who started the night with a Heat 2 win.

Narrowly missing the top five in Minneapolis was Pierce Brown, who won Heat 1. He took the lead from Josh Osby on Lap 2 of that heat and led laps in the 250 series for the first time ever in a heat or 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

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 season

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 5 AT GLENDALE: Eli Tomac is first rider to repeat in 2022

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 6 AT ANAHEIM: Jason Anderson ties Tomac with two wins in 2022

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed its new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with Ford Motor Co. in an event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and team principal Christian Horner.

It’s the first Formula 1 team to launch in the United States for 2023, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin, Texas, for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen already had wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts inevitably will turn to establishing a dynasty, and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his chief rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.