ATLANTA — Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson of Rio Rancho grabbed his fourth win of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on a high-speed track that stretched in front of the Atlanta Motor Speedway grandstands.
Series points leader Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac gave up three points to Anderson in the title hunt with a second-place ride on the rutty track.
Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia grabbed the holeshot in the 450SX Class Main Event with Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, Anderson, Series points leader Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac and Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb directly behind. Sexton put on a move for the lead just over two minutes into the 20-minute-plus-one-lap race.
After a short skirmish, Sexton took over the spot from Barcia. Anderson was past Barcia soon after, but Sexton was already sprinting ahead to amass a two-second lead.
What looked like a win for Sexton evaporated when he crashed in a bowl turn after one of the track’s sand sections. Anderson took the lead while Sexton remounted a charge from sixth place with 15 minutes on the race clock.
Shortly after that Barcia went down, and the running order up front was suddenly Anderson, Webb, then Tomac. With just under six minutes left on the race clock, Tomac flew past Webb but had over eight seconds to make up on this nearest rival in the championship standings.
With just over a minute left on the clock, Sexton passed Webb to get back into the top three behind Anderson and Tomac.