Wanting Again on the Prime 10 AMA Supercross & Motocross Riders in 2022

250SX East – 1st
250MX – 1st
Wins: 13

At this level, there’s virtually nothing you possibly can say about Jett Lawrence that hasn’t already been stated. He’s a generational expertise who put every bit of the puzzle collectively in 2022 to win extra races than anybody and declare each a 250 Supercross and 250 Motocross title alongside the best way. The stats present he was dominant however the visible confirmed a way more managed and mature Jett Lawrence in 2022. He’s arguably able to be on a 450 already at 19-years-old however Honda HRC are being as affected person as attainable to maintain him on a 250 for supercross in 2023, earlier than going 450 for 2023 Professional Motocross. As he prepares to transition to a 450, 2022 was definitely fairly a preview of what could also be quickly to come back for Jett within the premier class.

250SX West – 2nd
250MX – 3rd
Wins: 4

Hunter Lawrence checked off a number of containers in 2022 as he grew to become a constant title contender each indoors and out. He solely scored 29 much less factors than his brother all 12 months however was helped barely by the truth that 250SX West is one spherical longer plus Jett missed the supercross finale with a tweaked ankle. Regardless, Hunter received 4 supercross races in 2022 and gave a legit scare to Christian Craig down the stretch after Craig had opened up an enormous factors lead. Hunter rode nicely open air too however might by no means fairly declare one other victory as he noticed his brother and ultimately Jo Shimoda eclipse him in factors open air. He did signal an extension with Honda HRC by way of 2024 this 12 months as nicely so the long run stays vivid for the elder Lawrence brother.

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250SX West – 4th
250MX – 2nd
Wins: 2

Jo Shimoda’s 2022 felt like a story of two halves. In supercross he might simply by no means actually get rolling. After profitable his first 250SX major occasion in 2021, the ceiling regarded tall for Shimoda in 2022 however he solely hit the rostrum as soon as throughout supercross and even injured his ankle at Anaheim 3. Open air although, all of it modified. Shimoda grew to become one of many quickest 250 riders on the planet on a lot of events and he parlayed that into two wins general and eight podiums from 12 rounds. Shimoda completed second within the 250 class championship to Jett Lawrence and definitely elements to be a title favourite heading into 2023.

450SX – 5th
450MX – 8th
Podiums: 7

Justin Barcia was the one rider to complete within the prime 10 on mixed factors for 2022 that didn’t convert on a race victory. He was shut on a lot of events and remained proper within the combine for the 450SX title till nicely into the second half of the season because of his consistency. He ultimately completed third on factors within the championship however was penalized 10 factors on the remaining spherical because of a collision with Malcolm Stewart that pushed him again to fifth. Professional Motocross was a bit extra of a wrestle for Barcia who picked up only one podium general en path to eighth within the factors. All in all, it wasn’t one of the best 12 months of Barcia’s profession, however he nonetheless scored the fourth most factors within the 450 class all 12 months which could be very stable.

250SX West – 1st
450MX – 5th
Wins: 4

After attempting for over a decade to place all the items of the puzzle collectively, Christian Craig lastly claimed his first skilled championship in 2022 with the 250SX West crown. Craig was the category of the sphere for the primary six rounds of the championship and constructed himself a sizeable benefit to which he was in a position to handle down the stretch. That title clinching second will now even be the final time Craig ever raced a 250 professionally as he moved as much as race 450 Professional Motocross in the summertime the place he fared very nicely. He additionally signed a two-year take care of Rockstar Power Husqvarna within the low season to compete on a 450 full time shifting ahead. Saying 2022 was a profession defining 12 months for Craig could be placing it flippantly.