2022 Silly Supercross Season
The silly season for Supercross and Motocross has officially begun. In what was all but official news since June, Eli Tomac has joined Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha, as its third rider on the 450 man roster alongside Dylan Ferrandis and Malcolm Stewart. Tomac leaves the team where he won 4 450 titles, one of those being the 2020 Supercross championship, and hasn’t finished worse than 3rd place since the 2016 season. That’s five years of dominance and Tomac leaves to the team that just won a 450 Motocross championship with Dylan Ferrandis and both 2021 250 Supercross championships.
The other rider to make a jump from a former Supercross-winning ride is Jason Anderson. Anderson, who won the first and only 450 Supercross title for Husqvarna, has officially announced that he will take the open spot on the Monster Energy Kawasaki, alongside 2022 Supercross champion hopeful Adam Cianciarulo.
In what is maybe the most surprising off-season signing is the return of Marvin Musquin to Red Bull KTM. Musquin, who has historically never really been a Supercross performer, won the first of two Salt Lake City races and podiumed 4 times in 2021. His motocross season, which is notably Musquin’s better-performing discipline, didn’t win a single moto and best overall result came at Unadilla finishing 3rd. It’s been high speculated that he would retire after the 2021 won season, but if he has another poor season he will probably leave after the 2022 season.
The other team to add a third bike in the stable is Red Bull KTM. Aaron Plessinger has been picked up by legendary Team Manager Roger DeCoster, who has led the riders under him to a total of 22 AMA championships. Plessinger finished the 2021 Supercross season 5th overall, 3rd overall in Daytona, and only finishing outside to top 10 twice the entire 2021 Supercross season. You have to think that he will make a run at a championship with DeCoster’s guidance.
The third rider to round out the Red Bull KTM team will be the defending 450 Supercross champion Cooper Webb. It’s highly likely that Webb will contend for another championship under DeCoster’s tutelage, Tomac however, seems to be the biggest competition for Webb. Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha has become one of the most coveted rides in both for 450 and 250 class and with Tomac’s combination of speed and riding style, these two could be battling all season for the top step of the podium.
Team HRC Honda seems to be the only premier factory team that isn’t going to see any changes in both the 450 and 250 team. Jett and Hunter Lawrence return to the 250 class as Jett looks to continue his winning ways after conquering the 2021 250 motocross title. Ken Roczen will continue to pursue his first 450 Supercross championship alongside his 2020 teammate Chase Sexton.
In case you forgot the 250 defending champions are Justin Cooper, West Region, and Colt Nichols, East Region, both are on the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha 250 team and both seem to be posed to compete for back to back championships. Justin Cooper finished second in the motocross season and Colt Nichols would finish 14th overall after missing the last 5 races due to a shoulder injury sustained in Washougal.
The 2022 season kicks off at back at its traditional start place in Anaheim, California on January 8th, and finishes in Salt Lake City, Utah May 7th.