Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton (Honda) flat out took his rival Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) to task on Saturday at the famed Unadilla MX Raceway in upstate New York, catching and passing the overall Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship point leader – twice – in a 1-1 performance that shifts the premier class’ championship point race momentum back in favor of Sexton.
“I did what I could. Chase (Sexton) was really strong today,” said 2nd (2-2) place Tomac.
Sexton, who’s now captured two-straight 450 class overall victories (Washougal, Wash., & Unadilla), looks to have overcome the crash gremlins that haunted him, and his path to victory, during both Monster Energy AMA Supercross season and earlier MX National rounds.
“I needed to catch Eli (Tomac) and I did. I needed to step up, and I did that at Washougal, then again today. Now I’ve got some confidence and I want to keep that going,” said Sexton, who leads Tomac by one point, 409-408, with three races remaining on the 2022 schedule.
Sexton and Tomac were joined on the Unadilla 450 podium by Jason Anderson (Monster Energy/Kawasaki), who put in a great 3-3 run for 3rd to complete the Monster Energy podium sweep.
And in 250 class racing, Jo Shimoda (Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) backed a masterful opening moto victory with a strong 3rd place finish in the second moto (1-3) at Unadilla to capture the overall victory – his second of the season. Joining Shimoda on the podium in 2nd place was Justin Cooper (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha), who overcame an opening moto crash – while leading – to place 5th, then dominated the second moto for 2nd overall (5-1).