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

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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 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston: Eli Tomac retakes 450 lead, Hunter Lawrence tops 250s

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After his Anaheim 2 crash, Eli Tomac was surprised he was not injured, but despite getting knocked down momentarily, he picked himself up, rode to last week’s win and reascended to the top of the SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. This is the third time in three weeks Tomac has topped the rankings.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jason Anderson has back-to-back podiums to his credit and sits second in the Power Rankings. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

Last week, Tomac finished second in his heat before winning the Main – and that translated to near-perfect points in the Power Rankings, which award 100 for a win in the feature and 90 for a heat victory. Tomac’s average was marred by the Houston accident when he finished 13th in that heat before settling just outside the top five in overall standings. Racing is about bouncing back and last year’s Supercross and Motocross champion Tomac did just that as he chases a third consecutive title.

Jason Anderson earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third at Houston. He momentarily rolled past Aaron Plessinger into second during a restart following an accident involving Dylan Ferrandis and held that position for four trips around the track until he was tracked down by Chase Sexton. Afterward Anderson faded and finished 12 seconds off the pace, but along with a heat win, he easily leapfrogged Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb, who struggled in the fourth race of the season.

MORE: Eli Tomac rebounds from Anaheim 2 crash with Houston win

Webb held his position by passing Roczen in NBC’s SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. Webb has been solid in 2023 with a worst moto result of seventh in the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2, but in order to be considered a solid challenger to Tomac he needs to win either a heat or main this week in Tampa.

Roczen was involved in the incident that sidelined Ferrandis in Houston. Racing for eighth at the time, his bike may have sustained some damage when Ferrandis landed on his back tire, but he was not overly impressive in his heat either with a fifth-place finish. That was enough to drop him three positions in the standings, but he still has Tomac in sight.

After his disappointing heat in San Diego when he crashed and sustained enough damage to place him last, Sexton has roared back. He won the overall in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown format and narrowed the points’ gap slightly on Tomac. Last week he yarded the field in his heat race and won by a wide margin. A modest start in the Main kept him from getting to Tomac’s back wheel early in the Houston round, and he lost a little ground in the championship.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Eli Tomac
[3 Main; 3 Heats Wins]
85.20 2 1
2 Jason Anderson
[2 Heat Wins]
82.60 4 2
3 Cooper Webb 82.10 3 0
4 Ken Roczen 81.70 1 -3
5 Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat Wins]
80.70 6 1
6 Dylan Ferrandis 71.60 5 -1
7 Aaron Plessinger 71.30 8 1
8 Justin Barcia 70.10 7 -1
9 Justin Cooper 68.00 NA
10 Adam Cianciarulo 67.40 9 -1
11 Joey Savatgy 61.20 10 -1
12 Marvin Musquin 61.00 10 -2
13 Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat Win]
58.75 11 -2
14 Christian Craig 57.20 13 -1
15 Colt Nichols 56.50 14 -1
16 Dean Wilson 49.30 15 -1
17 Justin Hill 39.67 18 1
18 Shane McElrath 36.33 22 4
19 Brandon Scharer 34.00 21 2
20 Logan Karnow 33.33 19 -1

Supercross 450 Points


The 250 East division debuted in Houston and with only one race – and therefore no chance yet to stumble – three of their riders jumped to the top of the chart.

Hunter Lawrence had a perfect week with wins in both his main and heat. It wasn’t without drama, however, as he was forced to jump wide early in the feature to avoid contact with Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut. Without a former 250 champion in the field, it is guaranteed someone new will grace the top of the box at Salt Lake City after the season-ender and it looks like it’s going to be Lawrence’s to lose.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jordon Smith’s last podium before Houston came four years ago in Detroit. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

It was more than four years ago that Jordon Smith scored his last Supercross podium in Detroit. Despite finishing second that afternoon, he was battling a wrist injury that eventually sidelined him. More injuries have followed, but Smith was a favorite to win the title in 2019 and he’s shown how well he can ride when he’s healthy.

Debuting third in the Houston SuperMotocross Power Rankings, Max Anstie moved from the 450 class last year to 250s in 2023 and the change has gone better than he anticipated. Finishing second in both his heat and main, Anstie was edged by Smith because he finished second behind that rider in their heat. That is Anstie’s first top-10 since finishing sixth at Southwick, Massachusetts last year on his 450. In that race, he scored fifth-place results in both motos.

Supercross 250 Points

Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his graduation into the 250 class was well deserved and he landed fourth in his division and fifth overall in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings. In his first professional Supercross race, he finished fourth in his heat. In a field with twice the talent, he finished fourth again in the main. At Houston, he balanced aggression with patience. Now that he has a taste of that success, everyone will be watching him closely at Tampa to see if he can continue tiptoeing on the line.

Michael Mosiman, Jeremy Martin, and Vialle are tied for fifth in the 250 East division and seventh overall.

Vialle is the most notable of these three because he challenged for a podium position during the Main before making a mistake and falling in a turn. Significantly, this was not only his 250 debut, but his first time in Supercross. As with Deegan, he has generated a lot of attention for the coming weeks.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Hunter Lawrence – E
[1 Main; 1 Heat Win]
95.00 NA
2 Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
90.50 NA
2 Max Anstie – E 90.50 NA
4 Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
89.13 1 -3
5 Haiden Deegan – E 81.50 NA
6 Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 2 -4
7 Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 3 -4
7 Michael Mosiman – E 77.00 NA
7 Jeremy Martin – E 77.00 NA
7 Tom Vialle – E 77.00 NA
11 Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 4 -7
12 Chance Hymas – E 74.50 -12
13 Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main Win]
73.75 5 -8
14 RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat Wins]
70.00 6 -8
15 Max Vohland – W 69.29 7 -8
16 Cullin Park – E 66.00 NA
17 Chris Blose – E 65.50 NA
18 Derek Kelley – W 63.75 8 -10
19 Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 9 -10
20 Pierce Brown – W 61.29 10 -10

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

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