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Eli Tomac Crowned 2022 Supercross Champion

Second Title Makes Tomac Oldest Champion in Sport's History

 

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing's Eli Tomac earned his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in front of a home-state crowd inside Empower Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo. Tomac's fifth place finish at round 16 of the 17-round series gave the 29-year old racer the distinction of becoming the oldest rider to capture the Supercross Championship in the sport's 49-year history.

 

 

Eli Tomac - Denver 2022

Eli Tomac captured his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in his home-state race with a strategic fifth place finish. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

 

Tomac grabbed second place at the start of the Main Event. The crowd went wild when a mistake from the leader put Tomac into the lead and in position to take the title with a victory. The hard pack track was dry and slick, and Tomac played it smart with a protection pace to stay upright. Tomac eventually dropped back to fifth place. On the podium, with the #1 plate in his hands, he revealed that he'd suffered a minor knee injury two rounds prior that had been a component to his protection mode approach.

 

Tomac joined the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team just prior to the 2022 season in a move that proved successful for both rider and brand. Tomac's seven race wins thus far in the 2022 series that spans 13 states elevated the Yamaha rider to a tie for fourth place on the all-time wins list. Prior to this season, Yamaha had only amassed two wins between the years 2013 through 2021. Tomac's #1 plate marks the first premier class championship for Yamaha since 2009.

 

One round remains in the 2022 season, set for next Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. The season finale marks the fifteenth different city to host a Monster Energy AMA Supercross in 2022. Tomac could tally one more win, moving him closer to the third place spot on the all-time wins list, currently held by 5-time Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael at 48.

Carmichael retired in 2007 and now calls the races from the broadcast booth during the live airings on Peacock, NBC, CNBC and USA Network. In Utah the season's second Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Showdown, a unique race that faces off 250SX Class racers from both the Eastern and Western regions, will determine the final championship of 2022. Season highlights, videos, results, feature stories and information on ticket sales to the 2022 season finale in Salt Lake City can be found at SupercrossLIVE.com.

 

 

Eli Tomac - Denver 2022 Podium

The podium celebration was especially rewarding for Tomac as he won his first title during the no-attendance races of the 2020 pandemic. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

 

 

450SX Class Results

1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki

2. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna

3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM

4. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda

5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha

6. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM

7. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS

8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda

9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda

10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha

 

450SX Class Championship Standings after 16 of 17 Rounds

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (359)

2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (324)

3. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (295)

4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (291)

5. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (287)

6. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (269)

7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (261)

8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Suzuki (163)

9. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (160)

10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (152)

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