2022 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 9: Eli Tomac remains almost perfect

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Eli Tomac’s record sixth win at Daytona further cemented his position at the top of the Monster Energy Supercross Power Rankings after Round 9 as most of the top 10 held their positions this week.

As Round 3 of the 2022 season in San Diego, California drops out of the formula, Tomac remains all but perfect in regard to top-five finishes in both heat and feature races over the past 45 days. The final box score at Daytona showed a commanding lead, but it was only half the story as Tomac finished fourth in his heat and rode behind Cooper Webb until there was less than a minute on the clock.

During the past 45 days, Tomac has four overall wins, won two of the three Triple Crown races in Glendale, Arizona and has another pair of heat wins. It will take quite some time before anyone catches him in the Power Rankings.

Jason Anderson holds on to second in the rankings despite another run-in with Malcolm Stewart. This time he was leading the pair in the feature when Stewart rode too hard into a corner and sent both bikes to the ground. Originally crossing under the checkers eighth, Anderson was penalized one position for his part in the fracas. That is his worst feature finish of the season.

MORE: Eli Tomac makes history with sixth Daytona win

Stewart was also docked a position for rough riding, dropping from seventh at the checkers to eighth in the official results. Stewart’s frustration dates back to the previous week when he was taken to the ground by Anderson in an overly aggressive pass. Daytona was only the second time this year that Stewart failed to finish in the top five in a feature or overall result, but his modest showing in Daytona’s main was offset by his second heat win of 2022.

Chase Sexton finished third in both the Daytona feature and his heat, which is his sixth consecutive podium finish in the combined races. An 11th in Race 1 of the Glendale Triple Crown and a 16th in the Minneapolis, Minnesota main are the only times in the past 45 days that Sexton has finished worse than seventh.

Rounding out the top five this week is Cooper Webb. Things are finally turning around for last year’s champion as he won his Daytona heat and led most of the feature until he got hung up behind a lapped rider with time running off the clock. The gap to Tomac is 33 points for the third-place rider, but if he keeps scoring podiums, he will move up the ranks.

This may be the last appearance for Ken Roczen, who sits ninth in the Supercross Power Rankings standings after Round 9. Earlier this week, Roczen announced an indefinite hiatus from Supercross action so that he can concentrate on health issues that have plagued him for the past few seasons.

450 Rankings

1. Eli Tomac (Last week: 1); [4 feature wins, 4 heat and wins]
2. Jason Anderson (2); [3 feature wins; 4 heat wins]
3. Malcolm Stewart (3); [2 heat wins]
4. Chase Sexton (4); [1 feature win, 5 heat wins]
5. Cooper Webb (5); [3 heat wins]
6. Justin Barcia (6); [1 heat win]
7. Marvin Musquin (7)
8. Dylan Ferrandis (8)
9. Ken Roczen (9); [1 feature, 1 heat win]
10. Dean Wilson (13)
11. Vince Friese (11)
12. Shane McElrath (12)
13. Justin Brayton (14)
14. Brandon Hartranft (16)
15. Mitchell Oldenburg (17)
16. Kyle Chisholm (18)
17. Max Anstie (19)
18. Justin Bogle (20)
19. Alex Martin (21)
20. Justin Starling (23)

Triple Crown wins included with Heat wins


Cameron McAdoo continues to lead the 250 E contingent of riders, behind overall leader Christian Craig.

For McAdoo, it has been a season of consistency and strength as his third-place finish in the heat and feature at Daytona keep alive a streak of results sixth or better in every race. In fact, his sixth in the Minneapolis heat is the only time this season that he has finished off the podium.

It may only be a matter of time before Jett Lawrence catches and passes McAdoo, however. A perfect weekend at Daytona with commanding wins in his heat and feature prove that he will not be slowed by the mistake in the Texas Triple Crown that sent both him and Austin Forkner to the ground.

The 250 W riders hold down the next several positions with Hunter Lawrence (fourth overall), Michael Mosiman (fifth), Jo Shimoda (sixth) and Vince Friese (seventh) chomping at the bit to return to action in three weeks at Seattle on March 26.

That puts Mitchell Oldenburg third among the 250 E riders and eighth overall. He got off to a slow start when his bike could not make the gate for the Minneapolis opener and he failed to qualify for the Main through his LCQ. Since then, he has four top-fives, a sixth and a ninth in his combined heats and features.

Jordon Smith climbed a couple of positions to ninth overall and fourth in 250 E on the strength of a second-place finish in his heat and sixth in the feature at Daytona.

Stilez Robertson jumped up even more and currently resides fifth in the 250 E Power Rankings after finishing second in both races last week.

250 Rankings

1. Christian Craig – W (1); [4 feature wins, 7 heat wins]
2. Cameron McAdoo – E (2); [1 feature win, 2 heat wins]
3. Jett Lawrence – E (4); [2 feature wins, 1 heat win]
4. Hunter Lawrence – W (3); [1 feature win, 2 heat wins]
5. Michael Mosiman – W (6); [1 feature win, 3 heat wins]
6. Jo Shimoda – W (7)
7. Vince Friese – W (8)
8. Mitchell Oldenburg – E (9)
9. Jordon Smith – E (12)
10. Stilez Robertson – E (14)
11. Enzo Lopes – E (12)
12. Nate Thrasher – W (11)
13. RJ Hampshire – E (19); [2 heat wins]
14. Pierce Brown – E (20); [1 heat win]
15. Phil Nicoletti – E (18)
16. Garrett Marchbanks – W (15); [1 heat win]
17. Carson Brown – W (16)
18. Jalek Swoll – W (17)
19. Hardy Munoz – E (NA)
20. Robbie Wageman – W (21)

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: Tomac remains on top as competition levels

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 5 AT GLENDALE: Malcolm Stewart move up as Tomac stays No. 1

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 6 AT ANAHEIM: Jason Anderson closes the gap

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 7 AT MINNEAPOLIS: Jett Lawrence steps up to challenge Craig in 250s

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 8 AT ARLINGTON: Consistency once more give Tomac a Triple Crown win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston: Eli Tomac retakes 450 lead, Hunter Lawrence tops 250s

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After his Anaheim 2 crash, Eli Tomac was surprised he was not injured, but despite getting knocked down momentarily, he picked himself up, rode to last week’s win and reascended to the top of the SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. This is the third time in three weeks Tomac has topped the rankings.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jason Anderson has back-to-back podiums to his credit and sits second in the Power Rankings. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

Last week, Tomac finished second in his heat before winning the Main – and that translated to near-perfect points in the Power Rankings, which award 100 for a win in the feature and 90 for a heat victory. Tomac’s average was marred by the Houston accident when he finished 13th in that heat before settling just outside the top five in overall standings. Racing is about bouncing back and last year’s Supercross and Motocross champion Tomac did just that as he chases a third consecutive title.

Jason Anderson earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third at Houston. He momentarily rolled past Aaron Plessinger into second during a restart following an accident involving Dylan Ferrandis and held that position for four trips around the track until he was tracked down by Chase Sexton. Afterward Anderson faded and finished 12 seconds off the pace, but along with a heat win, he easily leapfrogged Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb, who struggled in the fourth race of the season.

MORE: Eli Tomac rebounds from Anaheim 2 crash with Houston win

Webb held his position by passing Roczen in NBC’s SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. Webb has been solid in 2023 with a worst moto result of seventh in the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2, but in order to be considered a solid challenger to Tomac he needs to win either a heat or main this week in Tampa.

Roczen was involved in the incident that sidelined Ferrandis in Houston. Racing for eighth at the time, his bike may have sustained some damage when Ferrandis landed on his back tire, but he was not overly impressive in his heat either with a fifth-place finish. That was enough to drop him three positions in the standings, but he still has Tomac in sight.

After his disappointing heat in San Diego when he crashed and sustained enough damage to place him last, Sexton has roared back. He won the overall in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown format and narrowed the points’ gap slightly on Tomac. Last week he yarded the field in his heat race and won by a wide margin. A modest start in the Main kept him from getting to Tomac’s back wheel early in the Houston round, and he lost a little ground in the championship.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Eli Tomac
[3 Main; 3 Heats Wins]
85.20 2 1
2 Jason Anderson
[2 Heat Wins]
82.60 4 2
3 Cooper Webb 82.10 3 0
4 Ken Roczen 81.70 1 -3
5 Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat Wins]
80.70 6 1
6 Dylan Ferrandis 71.60 5 -1
7 Aaron Plessinger 71.30 8 1
8 Justin Barcia 70.10 7 -1
9 Justin Cooper 68.00 NA
10 Adam Cianciarulo 67.40 9 -1
11 Joey Savatgy 61.20 10 -1
12 Marvin Musquin 61.00 10 -2
13 Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat Win]
58.75 11 -2
14 Christian Craig 57.20 13 -1
15 Colt Nichols 56.50 14 -1
16 Dean Wilson 49.30 15 -1
17 Justin Hill 39.67 18 1
18 Shane McElrath 36.33 22 4
19 Brandon Scharer 34.00 21 2
20 Logan Karnow 33.33 19 -1

Supercross 450 Points


The 250 East division debuted in Houston and with only one race – and therefore no chance yet to stumble – three of their riders jumped to the top of the chart.

Hunter Lawrence had a perfect week with wins in both his main and heat. It wasn’t without drama, however, as he was forced to jump wide early in the feature to avoid contact with Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut. Without a former 250 champion in the field, it is guaranteed someone new will grace the top of the box at Salt Lake City after the season-ender and it looks like it’s going to be Lawrence’s to lose.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jordon Smith’s last podium before Houston came four years ago in Detroit. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

It was more than four years ago that Jordon Smith scored his last Supercross podium in Detroit. Despite finishing second that afternoon, he was battling a wrist injury that eventually sidelined him. More injuries have followed, but Smith was a favorite to win the title in 2019 and he’s shown how well he can ride when he’s healthy.

Debuting third in the Houston SuperMotocross Power Rankings, Max Anstie moved from the 450 class last year to 250s in 2023 and the change has gone better than he anticipated. Finishing second in both his heat and main, Anstie was edged by Smith because he finished second behind that rider in their heat. That is Anstie’s first top-10 since finishing sixth at Southwick, Massachusetts last year on his 450. In that race, he scored fifth-place results in both motos.

Supercross 250 Points

Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his graduation into the 250 class was well deserved and he landed fourth in his division and fifth overall in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings. In his first professional Supercross race, he finished fourth in his heat. In a field with twice the talent, he finished fourth again in the main. At Houston, he balanced aggression with patience. Now that he has a taste of that success, everyone will be watching him closely at Tampa to see if he can continue tiptoeing on the line.

Michael Mosiman, Jeremy Martin, and Vialle are tied for fifth in the 250 East division and seventh overall.

Vialle is the most notable of these three because he challenged for a podium position during the Main before making a mistake and falling in a turn. Significantly, this was not only his 250 debut, but his first time in Supercross. As with Deegan, he has generated a lot of attention for the coming weeks.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Hunter Lawrence – E
[1 Main; 1 Heat Win]
95.00 NA
2 Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
90.50 NA
2 Max Anstie – E 90.50 NA
4 Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
89.13 1 -3
5 Haiden Deegan – E 81.50 NA
6 Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 2 -4
7 Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 3 -4
7 Michael Mosiman – E 77.00 NA
7 Jeremy Martin – E 77.00 NA
7 Tom Vialle – E 77.00 NA
11 Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 4 -7
12 Chance Hymas – E 74.50 -12
13 Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main Win]
73.75 5 -8
14 RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat Wins]
70.00 6 -8
15 Max Vohland – W 69.29 7 -8
16 Cullin Park – E 66.00 NA
17 Chris Blose – E 65.50 NA
18 Derek Kelley – W 63.75 8 -10
19 Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 9 -10
20 Pierce Brown – W 61.29 10 -10

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

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