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Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton & Eli Tomac battle to the finish in Washougal MX National thriller!

Chase Sexton and Eli Washougal (678)

Sexton breaks Tomac’s eight moto 450 class win streak in winning the Washougal overall; Jason Anderson 3rd to complete another Monster Energy podium sweep

CORONA, CA – July 25, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – With a masterful performance in the second and deciding 450cc class moto of Saturday’s Washougal MX National, Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton (Honda) held off a feverous chase from class point leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) to capture the overall victory at Round Eight of the 2022 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. With the victory Sexton kept within five points of overall class leader Tomac (364-359) as the series enters its two week mid-summer break. Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson made it another Monster Energy sweep of the 450 class podium.

All totaled, Monster Energy racers, led by Tomac and Sexton, have swept five of the eight total MX National 450 class podiums this summer, including three-straight (Southwick, Spring Creek and Washougal).

And in 250cc class racing Monster Energy’s Justin Cooper (Star Racing/Yamaha) would win the second moto to place 2nd overall at Washougal, with Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) scoring two moto podium finishes (3rd/3rd) to take 4th place overall.

Said Sexton of his ‘statement’ win at Washougal: “That was a really, really good moto for me (referring to the deciding second moto). The holeshot was awesome. Eli (Tomac) was on me the whole time. I was going as fast as I could go, got a little gap and cruised ‘er in. I couldn’t be battling with a better guy than Eli. Man, that race meant a lot to me. Got to come out swinging at Unadilla (Aug. 13). That’s all I can do.”

450 podium Eli Tomac, … Anderson Washougal

450 class podium Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Jason Anderson

Here’s a look at what went down at Washougal MX, beginning with the 450 class.

Eli Tomac 450 Moto 1 action Washougal

450 Moto 1 – Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac

Fresh of winning an ESPN ‘ESPY’ award as the Best Action Sport Athlete, Tomac opened the 450 class racing at Washougal with a 3rd place start, then moved into 2nd place, behind Monster Energy’s Sexton, when race leader Ryan Dungey’s (KTM) bike ceased to run. With Tomac in hot pursuit of Sexton, guest race announcer, Monster Energy’s 6-time champion Ryan Villopoto, said of Sexton and Tomac: “These two are on another level right now.” Dogging Sexton up to the 17:02 mark, Tomac set up the Honda rider with a slick move into Washougal’s…

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