Marvin Musquin scores first 2022 win in Supercross Round 13 in St. Louis Triple Crown; RJ Hampshire takes 250 East

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Marvin Musquin scored his first win of 2022 in Round 13 of the Monster Energy Supercross series by finishing 2-1-2 in the final Triple Crown format race of the season.

Chase Sexton earned the hole shot in Race 1 and beat Musquin into Turn 1, which is how the riders finished that race. The start was critical again in Race 2, but this time it was Musquin that got the advantage as Sexton allowed Jason Anderson to also get past him. That gave the advantage to Musquin with one race to go. Musquin 2-1 put him in position to capitalize in the final race so long as nothing went wrong.

“It’s tough to win these things,” Musquin told NBC Sports’ Will Christien after the race. “My starts were awesome, and the riding was good. I was trying to apply the best technique as possible.

“This track was awesome today in St. Louis. Super technical with all the off-camber and double-doubles.”

Finishing second in Race 3 capped off the near perfect night for the French rider.

Sexton finished third in the final race, which gave him second position overall in this format that combines the three events. The rider with the lowest average finish wins.

For Sexton, second-place may have felt almost as good as a win after several hard crashes earlier in the season has stranded him deep in the points in seventh. Most recently he hit the ground in the Detroit main and finished well down the order in 22nd.

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Eli Tomac had bad starts to his first two races, but in what has become commonplace for the championship leader, he easily rode into the top five in the first two races. He finally earned his first hole shot of the night in Race 3 over Musquin and beat him to the checkers.

Tomac saw a five-race winning streak come to an end with his third-place overall finish, but that was not the most important thing for the evening. Tomac finished ahead of the two riders closest to him in the standings – albeit by the smallest of margins.

Anderson’s 6-2-5 placed him fourth in the overall standings. His runner-up finish to Musquin in Race 2 was the difference between fourth and fifth in the final rundown. And that is where points are paid in the Triple Crown format.

Third in points, Justin Barcia went 5-5-4 to finish fifth overall.

Tomac now holds a 56-point lead over Anderson and is 62 ahead of Barcia with four rounds remaining. He can’t walk to the finish of the season, but he barely needs to jog.


The 250 East riders grabbed the spotlight after turning the track over the 250 West riders for the Seattle round.

Like Musquin, RJ Hampshire scored his first win of the season, but he needed to dig deep to get it. In fact, it was the first win of Hampshire’s 250 career.

“This is unreal,” Hampshire told NBC’s Daniel Blair. “I can’t even get words out. I bust my ass every day for this, I have to give it up to everyone on my team. My wife, and my daughter, I told her I’d have a good race. If she’s still awake this goes out to her.”

Hampshire closed the gap on second-place in the standings after Cameron McAdoo was unable to race this week due to injury, but he still trails Lawrence by 41 points as the 250 series heads into a part of the schedule that features two East / West Showdowns in the final four rounds.

Championship leader Jett Lawrence won the first two races and carried a two-position lead into the final race over Hampshire, who finished second in the first two races. Lawrence’s undoing was his starts. After completing Lap 1 of Race 1 in ninth, he raced through the field and won that feature. He wasn’t as fortunate in the third race. Dropping to 12th on the opening lap, he crashed hard into Jace Owens in the whoops as he tried to make up ground.

Lawrence remounted and climbed to fifth with torn riding pants. That was enough to earn second-place overall.

With a 3-3-4. Mitchell Oldenburg stood on the final step of the podium.

With a 4-4-3, Kyle Chisholm finished fourth with Phil Nicoletti rounding out the top five.

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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

ROUND 11, INDIANAPOLIS: Tomac extends lead as competition falters

ROUND 12, INDIANAPOLIS: Tomac wins fifth straight and sets sights on 2022 championship

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


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