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2022 MONSTER MOMENTS
2022 served up some legendary championships, epic moments, and monumental events. Check out the most major Monster Moments of 2022 below:
LAAX OPEN 2022
LAAX OPEN 2022 was epic. Chloe Kim swept the podium with first in Women's Snowboard Halfpipe and Ayumu Hirano sealed the win in Men's Snowboard Halfpipe. In the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Tess Coady cinched the victory and Annika Morgan placed third! Finally, Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Ståle Sandbech scored second place.
WINTER X GAMES
During the three-day event, the world-class team claimed a total of 23 X Games medals (5 gold, 7 silver, 11 bronze) and made history with never-been-done tricks.
The world stage was set for Beijing 2022, where our Monster Made Freeski and Snowboard athletes flexed their world-class talent. The insane Monster Team claimed 16 medals (7 Gold, 5 Silver, and 4 Bronze) and made history with unreal performances.
X Games Chiba
During the three-day live event, the world-class team claimed a total of 11 X Games medals, including 2 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze.
Eli Tomac Wins 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship!
In front of a boisterous hometown Colorado crowd numbering in excess of 40,000, Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Eli Tomac wrapped up the premier 450cc class Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship, his second overall career title, with a 5th place main event finish at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday. Tomac won the championship one race early in the 17-round season despite a valiant effort from Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson, who dominated Denver, winning his 4th main event in a row and sixth on the season.
Daniel Sandoval Takes First Place Overall in BMX Dirt at the 2022 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge
What a way to end the season! Daniel Sandoval claimed the overall series win in the 2022 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge on Saturday. At the final stop of the competition series in Denver, Colorado, the 27-year-old from Corona, California, took second place in BMX Dirt to finish the season at the top of the leaderboard. Sandoval also soared above the competition in the Best Trick event and claimed the win.
Christian Craig Wins 250 Supercross Championship at Salt Lake City
On an overall championship note, Christian Craig (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) overcame a crash and rode to a conservative 8th place finish to secure the 2022 250 Western Supercross (WSX) overall championship – Craig’s first championship and AMA No. 1 plate of his supercross career.
HELL WEEK | Presented by Monster Energy
What happens when 29 Monster Energy snowboard team riders get together for a week of shredding at one of the world’s finest winter resorts?
One hell of a week!
Matt Dawson. Where do we even begin? To start, he’s badass. He’s dedicated his life to pushing himself past his mental and physical limits, and to inspire others to conquer their own challenges with the same motivation and mindset. He emphasizes how we ourselves are the biggest hindrance to conquering our goals, and if you truly unleash the beast, you can conquer anything.
Nyjah Huston Takes First Place in World Street Skate Championships Rome 2022
Street skateboarding is back in the Eternal City! Nyjah Huston took first place in the World Street Skateboarding Championships Rome 2022 this weekend. As the first official qualifier event for skateboarding in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, Nyjah rose above an elite field of international riders with a dominant performance and was joined on the podium by Aurelien Giraud, in second place.
Summer X Games
X Games 2022 is officially a wrap! During five action-packed days of competition, riders claimed a total of 18 X Games Medals, including 5 gold, 9 silver and 4 bronze. The 65th edition of X Games showcased history-making performances at three athlete training facilities across Southern California from July 20–24, 2022. Monster Energy congratulates its team of BMX, FMX, and Skateboard athletes on a strong performance at X Games 2022.
Amaury Pierron and Loris Vergier Win Silver and Bronze at Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships
Amidst a massive chaotic French crowd, local heroes Amaury Pierron and Loris Vergier took home the silver and bronze medals respectively at the 2022 Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Les Gets, France in a historic French sweep of the podium. Pierron came in as the standout Frenchman given his domination of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and fact that he won in Les Gets in 2019, but he would have to settle for silver losing to now five-time World Champion Loïc Bruni. Teammate Troy Brosnan missed the podium, taking fourth place.
Eli Tomac Wins the 2022 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
When the pressure was on, so was Eli Tomac. The veteran four-time outdoor Motocross champion joined an elite class of FIVE-TIME Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships winners, taking a one-point premier 450 class lead into the final round over Chase Sexton (Honda) and making an absolute statement as to who’s the best with a bold, 1-1 two-moto finish at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, on Saturday.
Tomac’s performance in the arid (temperatures teetering at or above triple digits) region near Carlsbad, California, the birthplace of American motocross racing, was nothing short of superhuman – as was Sexton’s as well. In the opening moto the two distanced themselves from the rest of the field and went 1-2 – with the next-closest competitor (3rd place Christian Craig) being an unheard of one minute and 17 seconds behind. Tomac and Sexton, in their feverous pursuit of the championship, lapped the field all the way up to 11th place (out of 40 racers that started).
Filipe Toledo Is The 2022 Surfing World Champion
“It just felt like Filipe’s day all day.”
That’s what Kelly Slater, the greatest surfer of all time, said as the clock ticked down on the final heat of the WSL season. But really, it wasn’t just Filipe’s day, it was his year.
Having made the finals in 5 out of the 10 events, and winning two of them, Filipe had an incredibly dominant 2022. Historically, he probably would have clinched the world title before even making it to Tahiti, but with the WSL’s new format that mandates a one-day surf off from the top-5 surfers in the world, he had to rise to the occasion. To win on the day.
Team USA Wins Motocross des Nations
The 75th running of the world’s most prestigious motocross event, the Motocross des Nations held at famed American professional motocross venue RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich., was won on Sunday by an All-Monster Energy team of racers representing USA – Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton, and Justin Cooper. This added to the United States’ record win total (23) and breaking an 11-year drought (2010, Lakewood, Colo.) since the USA last won the coveted MXdN Chamberlain Trophy.
Rayssa Leal Wins 2022 SLS Super Crown World Championship
We have a new World Champion! Rayssa Leal took first place in the 2022 SLS Super Crown World Championship in Rio de Janeiro this weekend. Cheered on by a hometown crowd, the 14-year-old from Imperatriz, Brazil, claimed the first world championship title of her career after remaining unbeaten throughout the entire 2022 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) World Tour competition season.
Brittany Force: 2 Time NHRA Champion
The 2022 NHRA season has wrapped with an incredible final race in Pamona. The 2017 NHRA Champion and 2022 Champion, Brittany Force, has used this season to prove that once again, she and her team are truly a force to be reckoned with. To bring it to the next level, Brittany has achieved legend status by holding all of the top 10 fastest Top Fuel speeds in NHRA history.
Jared Mees Crowned '22 AMA Grand National Champion
Uniquely U.S.A., flat track (aka “dirt track”) parallels the incredibly popular FIM Speedway racing that regularly packs soccer stadiums throughout Europe, although those bikes weigh around a third of an AMA flat tracker and maybe hit 60-70 mph. And now standing very near the top of the greatest flat track racers of all-time, harking back to the “On Any Sunday” era of the 1960s, racing great Mert Lawwill - is Monster Energy’s own Jared Mees.