Another premier 450 class podium sweep for Monster Energy athletes as Eli Tomac (Star Racing/Yamaha), Chase Sexton (Honda), and Jason Anderson (Kawasaki) go 1-2-3, respectively, at the Frescados Spring Creek MX National, round seven of the 2022 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday.
With the convincing 1-1 two moto victory Tomac took a five-point overall 450 class point lead ahead of Sexton coming out of Spring Creek MX. His deciding second moto win was truly hard-earned as Tomac and Sexton battled within a couple seconds of each other for much of the 35-minute contest.
“That was a crazy pace the whole time,” said Tomac, who has now won seven-straight motos and four-straight overall races. “I got ahead, then he (Sexton) caught up and latched on to me. Thankfully I was good the whole moto that time (Sexton had passed Tomac, straight up, for the lead in the opening moto).” Tomac continued: “I was able to put the bike where I wanted to. I made a few adjustments, cleaned up some things and it paid off. But man was that a battle.”
Sexton, who crashed while leading the opening moto and had to settle for 2nd, would be pleased with his second moto effort, understanding he’s still well within the championship hunt versus the three-time Outdoor National MX champion Tomac. “The second moto I felt good, was trying my best. Eli got around me and I was just trying to latch on. Couldn’t get close enough to make a pass, obviously, but that was a gnarly pace for 35 minutes. He’s (Tomac) on a roll. I gotta get better. And we’re here to fight for the rest of the season.”
In 250 class action at Spring Creek MX Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda scored his 4th podium of the season with a strong, come-from-behind 2nd place run (3rd-2nd). “Every race I feel like I’m improving little by little,” said Shimoda, who is in 3rd place in the overall 250 class point chase. “In the second moto I finally got a good start. 3rd or 4th place (off the start) is like a holeshot for me.”
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper would capitalize off three moto holeshots (including the red flagged restart in Moto 2) to podium in the second moto (3rd) and place 4th on the day behind Shimoda.