2022 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 12: Malcolm Stewart reclaims second

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Malcolm Stewart moved back into second in the Monster Energy Supercross Power Rankings after Round 12 at Seattle, Washington as Eli Tomac continues to hold onto the No. 1 position with an iron fist after winning his seventh race of the season. Tomac now holds a 54-point lead over the field with five rounds remaining.

With a commanding lead in the points entering this round, it’s not as if Tomac has struggled this season but he had one of his most dominant performances of 2022 last week after earning the hole shot and leading flag-to-flag. In the past 45 days, Tomac failed to stand on the podium only twice. He was sixth in the Minneapolis feature and fourth in his Daytona heat, but went on to win that race for a record fifth time.

Meanwhile, Stewart leapfrogged Justin Barcia in Seattle to reclaim second in the Power Rankings on the strength of a third-place finish in his heat and fourth in the main. Stewart has not been perfect in the past 45 days with eighth-place Main finishes in two of the last four races, but he has shown remarkable consistency this year.

MORE: Eli Tomac secures a two-race lead after winning in Seattle

Barcia secured his eighth top-five of the season last week in Seattle after winning his second consecutive heat race. The margin of difference between Barcia and Stewart is minimal with Jason Anderson close behind, so these spots could well shift again when the Supercross series gets back in action two weeks from now in St. Louis, Missouri.

Anderson remains fourth in the standings, but there were a lot of reasons for his fans to cheer in Seattle. He stopped a three-race slide of results outside the top five by winning his heat and finishing second in the main.

For the second straight week, Cooper Webb earned the ironman award. He crashed heavily in Detroit three weeks ago and was riding injured when he finished fifth at Indianapolis. He took another hard fall in Seattle, but was able to mount up and finish sixth in the feature. It will take a miracle for him to overcome the 73-point deficit to first and defend his 2021 championship, but Webb will be happy to get to the end of the season.

Dean Wilson was another big mover this week, climbing from 11th into the top 10 in ninth. His fifth-place finish in the heat and seventh in the feature replaced a pair of sub-10th-place finishes in Anaheim 3, which aged out of the Supercross Power Rankings after Round 12 this week.

450 Rankings

1. Eli Tomac (last Week: 1); [7 feature wins, 5 heat and wins]
2. Malcolm Stewart (3); [3 heat wins]
3. Justin Barcia (2); [3 heat wins]
4. Jason Anderson (4); [3 feature wins; 6 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 (8)
9. Dean Wilson (11)
10. Justin Brayton (9)
11. Vince Friese (10)
12. Shane McElrath (12)
13. Brandon Hartranft (13)
14. Justin Bogle (14)
15. Ryan Breece (20)
16. Kyle Chisholm (15)
17. Justin Starling (17)
18. Cade Clason (19)
19. Alex Martin (18)
20. John Short (NA)

Triple Crown wins included with Heat wins


After a five-week break, the 250 West riders were back in action and Christian Craig picked up where he left off. Craig won his heat last week in Seattle and was leading in the feature when he was taken down by an aggressive pass for the lead by Michael Mosiman. Craig fell to sixth, but rallied to second at the checkers and kept his perfect streak of podium finishes alive.

A pair of 250 East riders hold onto the second and third positions in the rankings with Jett Lawrence the best of that division followed by Cameron McAdoo.

Hunter Lawrence was the beneficiary of last week’s contact between Craig and Mosiman. He made his pass for the lead midway through the race and withheld a charge by Craig to win his second race of the season.

When Mosiman made contact with Craig, he bent a rear rotor and suffered brake fade in the closing laps of the main. Mosiman finished third in the feature, which was his fourth podium finish in the last four races.

To finish third in the race, Mosiman had to outlast a charging Jo Shimoda, who passed him on the last lap before running wide on the final turn of the course. Shimoda finished fourth at Seattle after finishing third in his heat.

Rounding out the top five among 250 West riders was Vince Friese, who finished fifth in Seattle after winning his heat. Friese has kept his reflexes sharp by riding in the 450 class when the 250 East riders were in action and it paid dividends with his first heat win of the season.

250 Rankings

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

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 11 AT INDIANAPOLIS: Barcia surges to second

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 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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