‘Two plus two equals one’: Jason Anderson wins Motocross Round 10 at Budds Creek

Anderson Motocross Round 10

After a string of third-place finishes behind Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton, Jason Anderson finally climbed back on top of the overall podium with his second Lucas Oil Pro Motocross win in Round 10 at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Md. It seemed like a long time coming with his first 2022 victory landing at Hangtown in early June.

In a season dominated by the two title contenders, the magic number for Anderson has been three. He finished third overall at Spring Creek in Round 7 with a 3-4 finish in the motos. In the next two rounds, he was third in all four races as either Tomac or Sexton won each. The other rider finished second in those races. At Budds Creek, those two riders won the motos again, but mistakes by each opened the door for Anderson to finish 2-2 and take the overall win.

“Today, two plus two equals one and I’ll take it any way I can get it,” Anderson told MAVTv’s Jason Thomas after the race. “Progress. And I feel like today was a step in the right direction.

“I’ve always liked Budds Creek. I was a little nervous this morning. My practice wasn’t good, but I was able to make some changes, bring it around.”

The storyline for Tomac was ‘missed opportunity.’

His principal title contender, Sexton had a disastrous Moto 1, endoing twice and falling well down the order in seventh. Meanwhile, Tomac won the first race with cupped tires that gave him maximum grip. By Moto 2, the track deteriorated and the rubber that was such a benefit earlier, was no longer useful. Tomac got a bad start as he often does, but this time he was not able to full overcome it and rode to a fifth-place finish only.

“It was a bad start there (in Moto 2) and not making the moves,” Tomac said. “That’s where I need to be better: the starts. Everyone was riding good in front of me. I did what I could.

“Looking at the positive, I’ve got one up on the day overall. I’ll carry on.”

Tomac lost the red plate by one point just last week with Sexton’s overall win. He was able to gain two points at Budds Creek and ends with a slim one-point advantage as the series heads into their final two rounds.

For Sexton, the storyline was ‘composure.’

Sexton flipped twice in Moto 1 and lost a lot of ground with his seventh-place finish. In Moto 2, Sexton knew he needed to make up the deficit and at the halfway point, he took the lead from Anderson with a bold pass as Tomac pulled into sixth, putting the leaders into a momentary tie. Three minutes later, Sexton hit the ground again and squeezed the top three into the same spot on the track.

Composure came back into play as Sexton was forced to pass his teammate Ken Roczen for a second time and once more get around the determined Anderson.

“There were just too many mistakes,” Sexton said. “In the (first crash), I just hit neutral and went over the bars in that corner – and then I ran into another rider. I had my work cut out for me. I had a big effort in the first moto and knew I had to bounce back and get max points the second moto. I got it done. I fell over, still knew I could win, and just kept fighting.

“You don’t win championships on your good days; it’s your bad days you win them.”

Roczen edged Sexton for third in the overall standings with a 3-3, which was his first podium and best finish since winning Round 3 at Thunder Valley.

After getting the holeshot in Moto 2, Ryan Dungey clung to the top five and finished 4-4 to take fifth overall.

450 results (moto finish)

  1. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki (2-2)
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (1-5)
  3. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (3-3)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (7-1)
  5. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (4-4)
  6. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (5-7)
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (9-6)
  8. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas, (8-8)
  9. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (10-9)
  10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla, Husqvarna (12-11)

450 points standings

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha – 449
  2. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 488
  3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki – 369
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 344
  5. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha – 303
  6. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plain, Minn., KTM – 302
  7. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas – 272
  8. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM – 253
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 218
  10. Shane McElrath, Cantaon, NC, Husqvarna – 176

RJ Hampshire ran a flawless Moto 1 and overcame a modest start in the second race to score his first overall win of 2022. It was also the first time he’s stood on the podium this year with a previous best of fourth at Fox Raceway to open the season and again at RedBud in early July.

“We’ve been progressing and progressing,” Hampshire said to MAVTv’s Jason Thomas. “We were close and today it was clicking.

“I still felt like I was a little sketchy, I’m not going to lie. I found some comfort with my front end. I actually had it last week at Unadilla.”

After finishing third in Moto 1, Jo Shimoda took aim at his second consecutive overall win before coming up one position short. His Moto 2 victory gave him a 3-1, which was not quite as strong as Hampshire’s 1-2, but that was not the most important result on the day.

Shimoda’s 45 points earned at Budds Creek were 20 more than Hunter Lawrence, who entered the round as the runner-up. Shimoda vaulted into second in the standings with a margin of six over Hunter.

Points’ leader Jett Lawrence was running an obstacle course at Budds Creek in Round 10. Battling for position in Moto 1, he ran into Michael Mosiman’s downed GasGas. In Moto 2, a poor start had him mired in traffic and he was forced to come to a full stop as another bike flipped in front of him.

Jett rode with very little sense of urgency, like the heavy points’ favorite that he is. Last week, he pressed too hard and crashed multiple times, so he felt the need to reign himself in for most of the race It worked, as Jett extended his lead over second in the standings to 37 points.

“I knew who was in the booth today and with that start, I know I wasn’t dead last and not as good as James [Stewart], but I’m going to put my Bubba pants on,” Lawrence said, referencing a come-from-behind-win by the ex-champion. “I went out there and tried to do my best coming through. I did a little Bubba scrub, I hope you liked it, James. At least I got back to the podium position.”

Jett slowly worked him way through the field. It took 10 minutes for him to climb into the top 10, 18 seconds behind a battle for the lead between Justin Cooper and Shimoda. It took another 10 minutes to challenge for fifth. Near the end of the race, he reached deep and pushed up to third, finishing on the bottom rung of the podium with a 2-3.

For Jett’s brother Hunter, it was a disastrous round. He could not find his rhythm and after numerous off-track excursions and wrecks, he finished eighth overall with an 8-9.

250 results (moto finish)

  1. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (1-2)
  2. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (3-1)
  3. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (2-3)
  4. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas (4-7)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, Yamaha (9-4)
  6. Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha (7-6)
  7. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (5-8)
  8. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (8-9)
  9. Guillem Farres, Spain, Yamaha (6-13)
  10. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Suzuki (14-10)

250 points standings

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 433
  2. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 396
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 390
  4. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, NY – 346
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 274
  6. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM – 251
  7. Seth Hammaker, Bainbridge, Penn., Kawasaki – 207
  8. Michael Mosiman, Sebastapol, Calif., GasGas – 201
  9. Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha – 198
  10. Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha – 180

Round 1, Fox Raceway: Chase Sexton takes early lead in the championship hunt
Round 2, Hangtown: After 12 years of trying, Jason Anderson wins a Motocross race
Round 3, Thunder Valley: Three races, three winners as Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Round 4, High Point: Now four-for-four, Eli Tomac takes the trophy
Round 5, RedBud: Tomac becomes first in 2022 with two wins; Hunter Lawrence takes red plate in 250s
Round 6, Southwick: Tomac’s domination continues with a second perfect round
Round 7, Spring Creek: Tomac takes points’ lead with another 1-1 day
Round 8, Washougal: Sexton brackets the first eight weeks with second win
Round 9, Unadilla: Sexton retakes points’ lead by one with back-to-back wins

2023 MotoGP schedule announced, highlighted by trips to India and Kazakhstan

2023 MotoGP schedule
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A new opening venue and the addition of two Grands Prix in India and Kazakhstan will highlight the 2023 MotoGP schedule.

The 2023 MotoGP season will kick off March 24th with the opening round in Portugal instead of the typical trip to Qatar. Work on the Losail International Circuit pushed their date back to the penultimate weekend after the series finishes a series of races around the Pacific Rim.

Following Portugal, MotoGP heads to Argentina and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for their only visit to the United States before heading back to Europe for most of the next 10 rounds.

Interrupting the long European stint will be the series’ first visit to the Sokol International Circuit in Kazakhstan on July 7, 2023. The traditional summer break will be three weeks and then MotoGP heads to England for the British GP in August.

After three more European rounds at Austria, Catalunya and San Marino, the second new date on the calendar will come on the 16-turn, Buddh International Circuit for a September 24 race date. Both the India and Kazakhstan races are subject to homologation and approval by the circuit.

The next six races will be held in Asia and Oceania before Qatar and Valencia close out the schedule.

“We’re very proud to announce that Buddh International Circuit will be on the 2023 calendar,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, which manages the series. “We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We very much look forward to racing at Buddh International Circuit and can’t wait to welcome the fans through the gates to see this incredible sport in person.”

One of two new races announced for 2022, in Finland, did not materialize this season and has not been added to the 2023 MotoGP schedule. In addition, the Aragon GP has been removed to keep the rounds at 21.

2023 Provisional Schedule

Portugal GP, Algarve, March 26
Argentina GP, Termas de Río Hondo, April 2
American GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 16
Spanish GP, Jerez, April 30
French GP, Le Mans, May 14
Italian GP, Mugello, June 11
German GP, Sachsenring, June 18
Dutch GP, Assen, June 25
Kazakhstan GP, Sokol, July 9 *
British GP, Silverstone, August 6
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, August 20
Catalan GP, Catalunya, September 3
San Marino GP, Misano, September 10
Indian GP, Buddh, September 24 *
Japanese GP, Motegi, October 1
Indonesia GP, Mandalika Street Circuit, October 15
Australian GP, Philip Island, October 22
Thailand GP, Chang International Circuit, October 29
Malaysian GP, Sepang, November 12
Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, November 19
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo, November 26

* subject to approval