Eli Tomac has secured the 2022 Outdoor Motocross title for 2022. Tomac also took the championship in the Supercross series earlier this year. The win marks the fourth championship of his career. Also going back to back is Jett Lawrence in the 250 class.
The Outdoor Motocross series came to end right where it started at Fox Raceway in Pala, California. Riders battled extreme high temperatures amid a Southern California heatwave. Chase Sexton had the holeshot in Moto 1 with Tomac in tow. Tomac made a mid-race pass and continued to extend his gap on Sexton. Christian Craig had the holeshot in the second moto. Tomac started deep in the top 10 but made quick work of the riders in front of him. Sexton made several mistakes that cost him multiple positions. By the halfway point, Jason Anderson was running up front. Tomac had finally caught up to him. Anderson made a mistake and Tomac capitalized on the moment. Sexton was able to recover, but only making it to second, 9 seconds behind Tomac at the finish.
Tomac had this to say: “I just think of this whole season in its entirety. It’s been the most enjoyable season of my career, by far, starting with supercross and now motocross. This summer was incredible battling with Chase [Sexton]. He’s the future of this division. We pushed ourselves to the limits [all summer] and even raised the bar.”
In the 250 class, Jett Lawrence was out front with the early lead. Jo Shimoda kept the pressure on Jett. With two minutes to go, Hunter Lawrence made a pass on Shimoda. The Lawrence brothers finished with a one-two punch. Justin Cooper had the holeshot in the second moto. Shimoda was back at it, passing for the lead. Shimoda grabbed the race win with Jett finishing second.