Monster Energy Supercross is a contact sport, and aggressive moves occur on a weekly basis. Unsurprisingly, sometimes riders disagree over what is hard racing, and what is over the line. Here are five points of controversy from the 2022 Supercross Season.
No. 1: Barcia vs. Stewart in Salt Lake City
Entering the last race of the season, Stewart held a four-point lead over Barcia for third in the championship. During the Main Event, the pair found themselves battling for third on track when Barcia took Stewart down. Stewart remounted to finish fourth, which was enough to finish third in the points. Following the race, Barcia was docked 10 points, dropping him down to fifth in the final standings.
Things are getting spicy here in SLC ?
— Supercross LIVE! (@SupercrossLIVE) May 8, 2022
No. 2: Freise vs. Craig in Glendale
Christian Craig was on a roll, having won three out of the opening four races of the 250SX West season heading into Glendale. It looked like another victory was on the cards for him in Glendale, as he won the first Main Event of the night. However, while running in the lead in the second Main Event, Vince Friese took Craig down in the sand section in a spectacular crash that cost them both a shot at the overall. Craig continued to finish the race in fourth and placed second overall, while Hunter Lawrence got the win.
— Supercross LIVE! (@SupercrossLIVE) February 6, 2022
No. 3: Ray vs. Raper in Indianapolis
Alex Ray and Deven Raper were both disqualified after a physical altercation during the 450SX Heat Race at Indianapolis. Ray had cased the jump coming out of the turn, leaving Raper nowhere to go but into the back of him. Bubba Pauli was also involved in the crash. As Ray and Raper headed back over to their bikes, words were exchanged that then led to blows. The pair seemed to clear things up later when discussing the incident with the media, but their on-track actions led to them being done for the night.
— Supercross LIVE! (@SupercrossLIVE) March 20, 2022
No. 4: Stewart vs. Anderson
Jason Anderson and Malcolm Stewart both had strong seasons in 2022, placing second and third in the points respectively. Neither of them could afford distractions or getting involved in on-track grudges when racing against Eli Tomac for the title, but it happened anyway. Twice. Firstly in Arlington, when both riders went down in the first Main Event of the night, costing them both a shot at the overall. Then again one week later in Daytona, when Stewart repaid the favor from Arlington.
— Supercross LIVE! (@SupercrossLIVE) February 27, 2022
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No. 5: Anderson vs. Roczen at Anaheim 2
At the start of the season, it looked like Ken Roczen was going to be part of the championship fight. He had won Anaheim 1 and was leading early on at Anaheim 2, but Jason Anderson was catching. Anderson went to make his move in the sand and the two collided, causing Roczen to go down from the lead. Tomac went on to win and take the red plate, something that he would hold onto for the rest of the season.
The 2️⃣1️⃣ and 9️⃣4️⃣ make contact in the sand! ?
— Supercross LIVE! (@SupercrossLIVE) January 30, 2022