2022 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 11: Justin Barcia surges to second

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Justin Barcia moved into second in the Monster Energy Supercross points standings and jumped two positions in this week’s Power Rankings after a controversial Round 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Eli Tomac continues to lead after getting his sixth feature win of the season. In the past 45 days, Tomac has been outside the top five only once when he was sixth in the Minneapolis main.

After getting docked three points for contact with Jason Anderson last week, Barcia is currently tied in points with the rider who has been Tomac’s closest competition through the first 10 rounds. Both Barcia and Anderson are now 51 points out of the lead. The Power Ranking looks at the past 45 days so we analyze recent strength. Barcia started this period with a heat win in Anaheim 3 and added another this past week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In between, he has been no worse than seventh in a heat or feature.

Malcolm Stewart also advanced one spot this week after finishing second in his heat at Indy. He was only eighth in last week’s feature, but with Anderson also experiencing trouble, Stewart was able to sneak past.

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Anderson has been on the negative side of rivalries with Barcia and Stewart in the past couple of months and it gradually has taken its toll. He was within sight of Tomac for the championship only a few weeks ago, but multiple incidents have sent him to the ground and well down the points. In the past 45 days, Stewart has been worse than sixth four times. Three of those were in features when points are on the line.

Maintaining fifth in the rankings, Cooper Webb put in one of the gutsiest performances of the week at Indy. Coming off his hard crash in Detroit two weeks ago, he wasn’t sure if he could mount up and ride in his home state. The team said to do it only if he was competitive and he proved that to be true by finishing fourth in his heat and fifth in the feature.

450 Rankings

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

Triple Crown wins included with Heat wins


With only one result worse than fourth in a feature or main this season, Jett Lawrence easily hangs on to the top spot in the Supercross Power Rankings 250 East division. In fact, he is slowly eating into overall leader Christian Craig’s advantage after sweeping both his heats and features in the last three rounds.

Last week was a challenge for Lawrence, however, after he was tossed from his bike like a ragdoll at the start of the heat. He recovered from 18th at the close of Lap 1 to win that race. The only thing marring a perfect season was his 10th-place finish in Race 3 of the Texas Triple Crown when he and Austin Forkner had a mid-air collision.

Despite the winning streak by Lawrence, Cameron McAdoo is keeping his composure and pressuring the leader. He has a perfect record of podium finishes in five features and the only time he was outside that mark in a heat was the East opener in Minneapolis when he finished sixth.

The 250 West riders will get back in action this week in Seattle, but for the moment they continue to rest on their laurels with overall positions fourth through eighth.

That puts Stilez Robertson third among the 250 East riders. He has been on the uptick in recent rounds with second-place finishes in the past two heats and one of the features. He slipped a little overall last week after finishing eighth in the main.

Kyle Chisholm debuts in the top 10 overall this week and is ranked fourth in the East after busting out his 250 for the past two rounds. With top-five finishes in his two heats and a seventh in last week’s feature, he has shown consistency. He normally rides in 450s, where he is ranked 15th this week.

Rounding out the 250 East top five is Jordon Smith, who also owes his position to consistency. Except for a difficult round in Detroit when he crashed in his heat and had to qualify for the main via the Last Chance Qualifier, he’s been solid in recent weeks. Even with all his problems in the Motor City, he rallied to finish fifth in that feature.

250 Rankings

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

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

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 9 AT DAYTONA: Tomac rides historic wave into the second half of 2022

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 10 AT DETROIT: Tomac holds position as Lawrence moves up

Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide

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Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.