Eli Tomac navigated catastrophe Saturday, extended points lead
March 14, 2022
By Keaton Maisano
While many riders fell to the grueling track in the Detroit round of AMA Supercross, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac did not miss a beat as he secured his third consecutive — and fifth overall — 450SX win this season.
Tomac did not start in the lead Saturday, but he led for 15 laps and finished 3.556 seconds ahead of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Malcolm Stewart, who matched the best finish of his career.
Tomac’s greatest competition all season — Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson — led for seven laps in Round 10, but like many of the top competitors, Anderson was knocked out of the competition after a nasty spill. His early exit only netted the veteran 2 points.
Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton and Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb had their nights spoiled when Webb drifted underneath Sexton before being landed on, resulting in a scary collision.
Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis, who appeared to be dealing with a right arm injury, was the fourth high-performing rider forced to leave Saturday’s main event.
While a handful of riders were forced to retire from the race, Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas’ Justin Barcia rounded out the podium — his fourth of the season.
In the 250SX main event, Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence once again stood out as he claimed victory by more than 6 seconds. The Australian rider has an 8-point lead over second in the 250SX East standings.
After the dust settled in Detroit, Tomac’s 229 points left second place, which is shared by Stewart and Anderson at 187 points, far behind. Barcia (184) and Webb (173) fill out the remainder of the top 5 in the 450SX standings.
AMA Supercross Round 11 action begins Saturday in Indianapolis.