Eli Tomac wins Supercross Round 11 in Indianapolis; extends points lead as competition falls

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Eli Tomac scored his fourth consecutive Monster Energy Supercross race in Round 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tomac took the lead from Justin Barcia with a little less than five minutes on the clock before he bobbled on the last two laps and almost gave Barcia his first win of the season.

“It was shaky the last couple of laps,” Tomac told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “Thankfully I was in control before that.

“The second-to-last lap, I had a big moment in the whoops and on the last lap I missed that entire rhythm section. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m about to throw this thing away’.”

One week after moving into sole possession of fifth on the all-time wins list, Tomac closed to within one victory of fourth-place Chad Reed’s 44. Ricky Carmichael sits third in the standings with 48 Supercross victories, but Tomac needs to run the table for the remainder of the season to catch him.

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Making the race even more productive for Tomac, it came after the riders who entered Indy tied for second in the points crashed in separate incidents, dropping Jason Anderson to 51 points out of first and Malcolm Stewart to 53 points behind.

Justin Barcia’s second-place finish coupled with the issues for Anderson and Stewart allowed him to leapfrog them and move into second in the standings. Barcia is currently 48 points out of first

“It was a nice start; felt good,” Barcia told NBC Sports’ Daniel Blair. “It was a very winnable bike. I didn’t get the win tonight, but second is pretty good. I’ll take it. The track was insane.”

Barcia and Anderson got off to a strong start and battled for the lead in the opening minutes. When Anderson made the pass, however, he was not able to shake Barcia and a couple of laps later, the two made contact that sent Anderson to the ground.

“The pass on Jason?,” Barcia said. “I’ll have to watch it, but it’s one of those corners that if you leave it open – I wasn’t going very fast, I checked up and he hit the side of me. It’s a bummer. I don’t want to seen anyone go down.”

The replay revealed that it was Barcia who rode into the side of Anderson. The incident is under review by Supercross.

Coming home third was Marvin Musquin, who scored his second podium of 2022 and his second consecutive top-five.

“I love these conditions,” Musquin said afterward. “I’ve won here four times, twice in 250 and twice in 450.”

Chase Sexton and Cooper Webb rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

For Webb, it was an emotional ride after hurting his shoulder and wrist in a massive crash with Sexton last week at Detroit.

Anderson started the season in a tight battle with Tomac, but after multiple incidents with Stewart, he has slowly been losing touch. He could not afford to give Tomac even a perceived advantage and the night got off strong when won his heat. Anderson was leading at the time of the crash, but instead of gaining five points, he lost seven after finishing the night sixth.

Stewart crashed while riding fourth after he jumped short in a rhythm section. He came home eighth.


Not many riders have had the opportunity to pass Jett Lawrence in 2022, but in the middle stages of the 250 East race, that is precisely what Cameron McAdoo accomplished.

McAdoo knew the only way beat Lawrence was to get as good a start as his rival – and at the end of Lap 1, the pair were nose to tail. When Lawrence bobbled ever so slightly in a rhythm section on consecutive laps, McAdoo held his momentum and took the lead for a couple of circuits.

In 2022, Lawrence seemingly won’t be denied, however, and eventually passed McAdoo for a final time in route to a greater than four second margin of victory.

“I got a holeshot finally and didn’t crash in the second turn, which is always lovely,” Lawrence told Daniel Blair. I kind of settled in too early and Cameron, he was riding really good tonight. He had a better pace at the start. We went back and forth that one time and then he got me. And I thought, ‘allright, he’s doing something I’m not,’ so I studied him and found out where I’m a bit better and where I’m not.”

With starts being critical, winning the heat is important. Lawrence had a tough beginning to the night and when he was clipped by another rider in Turn 1, he flipped off his bike like a ragdoll and another rider ran over his arm. He rode back to the front and passed Kyle Chisholm for the lead on the last lap.

McAdoo felt a mixture of pride and disappointment.

“That was confidence-inspiring with better starts tonight,” McAdoo told Will Christien. “I’m a bit bummed on getting passed back, but I can’t look like I lost my dog up here tonight. I’m not going to dwell on it.”

McAdoo has been on the podium in every race this year, but with Lawrence earning four wins to his one, he is slowly losing points to Lawrence. McAdoo trails by 11.

RJ Hampshire and Pierce Brown had a fierce battle for the final spot on the podium, but it came 35 seconds behind Lawrence. Hampshire took the spot for his first podium of 2022.

That Brown was part of the battle was a victory of sorts. He endoed his bike in the heat and had to make his way into the big show through the LCQ.

Rounding out the top five was Mitchell Oldenburg, the final rider on the lead lap.

Hunter Yoder qualified for the first Main event of his career and finished 19th.

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RACE RECAPS

ROUND 1, ANAHEIM: Ken Roczen renews battle with Cooper Webb by winning the opener

ROUND 2, OAKLAND: Jason Anderson wins for first time since championship season

ROUND 3, SAN DIEGO: Chase Sexton (450s) and Michael Mosiman (250s) deliver first career wins

ROUND 4, ANAHEIM: Four races, four winners as Eli Tomac solidifies points lead

ROUND 5, GLENDALE: Tomac wins back-to-back races in Arizona Triple Crown

ROUND 6, ANAHEIM: Anderson ties Tomac with two 2022 wins

ROUND 7, MINNEAPOLIS: Anderson does it again and closes to within three of Tomac

ROUND 8, ARLINGTON: Tomac wins overall as Anderson takes two features

ROUND 9, DAYTONA: History made as Tomac sets Daytona Supercross record

ROUND 10, DETROIT: Tomac wins incident-filled, third consecutive

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

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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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