Supercross 2022: Results and points after Round 2 in Oakland
A new winner and second-place finisher in Monster Energy Supercross Round 2 tightened the points as the final results showed Jason Anderson on the top step of the podium and last week’s winner Ken Roczen deep in the field.
Losing his grandmother during the offseason heightened the emotion as Anderson credited her as his biggest supporter from the top of the box.
Anderson was coming off a disappointing Round 1 where he finished 10th after getting sent to the ground with contact from Justin Barcia. Anderson’s win elevated him into a tie for second in the points with Cooper Webb.
Likewise, Aaron Plessinger was dissatisfied with his Anaheim 1 results. After finishing fourth in his heat there, he dropped to ninth in the main, but productive practice sessions midweek contributed to his podium.
A runner-up finish in Oakland vaulted Plessinger to fourth in the standings with only two points separating him from second.
For the second straight week, Justin Barcia finished third. With consistent finishes, Barcia assumed the points’ lead by three markers over Anderson and Webb.
Eli Tomac earned his first top-five of the season after winning his heat. Tomac got a slow start in the main and had to battle through the field.
Rounding out the top five was Malcolm Stewart, who improved on his Anaheim 1 result by two positions.
Last week’s top two finishers, Webb and Ken Roczen, struggled in the main.
Webb got a slow start and after being mired in the field early, he climbed to only seventh.
Roczen, who started Supercross Round 2 with a second-place finish in his heat, crashed hard in the whoops. He remounted and finished only 13th, which caused him to plummet to fifth in the points.
The results were more familiar in the 250 West class with the same three riders on the podium.
Christian Craig started the season with back-to-back wins at Anaheim and Oakland, giving him an eight-point lead on the field. As with last week, he started Round 2 with a heat win that left nothing to the imagination. In Heat 2, he beat Hunter Lawrence by more than eight seconds.
Lawrence had to settle for second in the main as well, but this time he closed the gap to less than six seconds. Consecutive podium finishes place him second in the championship standings.
Seth Hammaker also swept the podium in the first two rounds with a second at Anaheim and third at Oakland. With Lawrence and Hammaker swapping positions between the two rounds, they are tied for second in the points.
Michael Mosiman won his heat race, but for the second straight round he failed to back it up with a podium. He barely missed the box with a fourth-place finish which was a two-position improvement from Anaheim.
Nate Thrasher rounded out the top five and had the best run through the field. After finishing fifth in his heat, he completed Lap 1 of the main in ninth before charging forward.
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