Anderson rode unbelievably fast, much like he did the previous week at Fox Raceway in Pala, California. His opening moto win, the fourth moto win of his career, was fueled by a blazing holeshot on his Kawasaki KX450F. And though he got held up a bit in the first turn of the second moto, he was able to pass some of the world’s top motocross racers, including European MXGP champ Antonio Cairoli (KTM) and three-time U.S. MX Nationals champion Ryan Dungey (KTM) to place 3rd – while receiving a bit of a boost when Tomac won the second moto ahead of Sexton.
“Damn, that’s 12 years too long,” said an elated Anderson from the podium. “It’s been 12 years since I’ve been giving it a go at this outdoors stuff – I’m damn happy I did it today. And let’s keep this good season going!”
Sexton would be near equal to Anderson, and was poised to win – had it not been for a second moto surge to victory by Tomac. “It was a tough two motos,” said Sexton. “I put in a lot of good laps today, but just couldn’t get the win. But we kept the red plate (signifying the class point lead).”
Coming off the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross overall championship, and with three MX Nationals 450 class titles to his credit, Tomac bounced back after a somewhat disappointing 4th place finish at the MX Nationals’ opening round at Fox Raceway. “That was just some fun racing right there,” said Tomac. “Me and Chase (Sexton) found some lines and had a great battle.”
Also for Monster Energy, Christian Craig (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) continues to run very well on the 450s outdoors following his 250 Western Supercross title, placing 5th at Hangtown with a solid 5-5 effort. And making his debut this summer following ACL/knee surgery, Joey Savatgy (Monster Energy/Kawasaki) broke into the top ten at Hangtown with a 9th place finish (11-9).
In 250 class racing at Hangtown, Justin Cooper (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha), would lead five Monster Energy-backed athletes in the top ten overall with a 2nd (2-3) place finish. Also flying the M-claw fast at Hangtown were Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in 4th place (5-4), Levi Kitchen (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) in 6th (6-6), Seth Hammaker (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) in 7th (8-8) and Nick Romano (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) in 10th (10-9).