2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL PRE-RACE REPORT: TV SCHEDULE, INJURED LIST & MORE

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL PRE-RACE REPORT

The 2022 Pro Motocross season is finally upon us, but first we have to dive into the pre-season madness and figure out what to expect at the first round of the 2022 season. After an exhilarating 2022 Supercross season, we can’t wait to see new faces—young and old, with the return of many riders that were taken out during the 2022 Supercross season. We answer questions that have been on our minds and yours , starting with, “How on earth am I going to watch Motocross? What, you do you mean to there’s another streaming service?” “What happened to Peacock?” Plus, we look at who’s going into the season injured, show you a track map, and more to delve dive into the first round of the season.

Also stay tuned for content coming this week as we head to Fox early on Tuesday morning to get an look at the National riders during a special practice session.

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE


HOW TO WATCH PRO MOTOCROSS 2022

You may have watched Supercross on Peacock in the past, but get ready to pull out your wallet again to watch the 2002 Motocross National. With NBC Sports going away for 2022, the AMA Nationals have moved to MAVTV and MAVTV-Plus. So if you’re TV Provider does not have MAVTV, you will have to purchase MAVTV Plus which you can do so HERE. A list of the network providers can be found HERE.

MAVTV Plus will provide worldwide LIVE streaming coverage for the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship events for a subscription fee of $6.99 USD Monthly or $99 USD Annually. For streaming and mobile viewers, subscribers to MAVTV Plus will receive live coverage of the motos that air on MAVTV in addition to tape-delayed coverage of the motos scheduled to air on NBC. MAVTV Plus will also feature exclusive content for subscribers, including qualifying shows every race day to see which rider will emerge with pole position and first gate pick. On demand access to coverage from the entire 2022 season will also be available for fans who want to rewatch the action or wait to watch the drama unfold for the first time at their convenience.

Fox Raceway: 250 Moto 1 – 1:00 PM (pacific) – MAVTV & MAVTV PLUS
Fox Raceway: 450 Moto 1 – 2:00 PM (pacific) – MAVTV & MAVTV PLUS
Fox Raceway: 250 Moto 2 – 3:00 PM (pacific) – MAVTV & MAVTV PLUS
Fox Raceway: 450 Moto 2 – 4:00 PM (pacific) – MAVTV & MAVTV PLUS

50 YEARS OF AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MOTOCROSS

“With the landmark 50th anniversary rapidly approaching, MX Sports Pro Racing has announced a unique and exciting addition to its historic broadcast package for the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. A collection of American motocross all-stars will join host and lead commentator Jason Weigandt in the announcers booth during the live broadcasts of all 48 motos this summer on MAVTV Motorsports Network and NBC TV Network, with streaming on MAVTV Plus.”

This weekend will feature both Rick Johnson and Jeremy McGrath to join Jason Weigandt and the rest of the TV crew.

 Featured guests commentators include:

  • Ricky Carmichael: 10-time Pro Motocross Champion with 102 career wins
  • Broc Glover: 6-time Pro Motocross Champion with 35 career wins
  • Rick Johnson: 5-time Pro Motocross Champion with 33 career wins
  • Ryan Villopoto: 5-time Pro Motocross Champion with 31 career wins
  • James Stewart: 3-time Pro Motocross Champion with 48 career wins
  • Jeff Emig: 3-time Pro Motocross Champion with 29 career wins
  • David Bailey: 3-time Pro Motocross Champion with 18 career wins
  • Jeremy McGrath: 450cc/250cc Pro Motocross Champion with 17 career wins
  • Adam Cianciarulo: 250 Class Pro Motocross Champion with 9 career wins
  • Damon Bradshaw: 10 career Pro Motocross wins

BLU CRU TITLES

Dylan Ferrandis 2021 Fox Raceway II National-0541The Star Yamaha Team is heading into the outdoors season strong. With Dylan Ferrandis last year’s champ, Eli Tomac this year’s Supercross champ, and Christian Craig moving up to the 450 class after winning the 250 West Supercross title, you can say we’re expecting the Star Yamaha boys to do fairly well. With Eli Tomac signing a Supercross-only contract for the 2023 season, we have to wonder what’s in the future fort Star Yamaha,. Will this be Eli’s last outdoors season.

THE COMEBACK KINGS

Ryan Dungey comes out of retirementWait a minute! Hold on to your hat!  Ryan Dungey is making a comeback? If you’ve been living under a rock, the biggest story of this year’s Motocross season is that coffee connoisseur Ryan Dungey (who just happens to be a four-time AMA National Motocross Champion) is coming out of retirement to race all 12 rounds. Ryan will also be joined by nine-time World Champion Champion Tony Cairoli, who just came out of a retirement shorter than Tom Brady’s. The two will also have Aaron Plessinger by their side as Cooper Webb wats to focus on his health—amid rumors that he too has a Supercross-only deal for 2023. You can read more on Ryan Dungey’s return HERE.

WHO’S WHO AND WHO’S NEW (PLUS INJURY REPORT)

Below is a list of some of the best Factory and Privateer teams. It’ll be updated as we gather more information.

450 CLASS

  • HONDA HRC
    • KEN ROCZEN (Returning after taking time to heal during the 2022 Supercross season)
    • CHASE SEXTON
  • STAR RACING YAMAHA
    • DYLAN FERRANDIS (2021 Outdoors champ returning after injuries in the 2022 Supercross season)
    • ELI TOMAC (Current 450 Supercross champ)
    • CHRISTIAN CRAIG (Current 250 West Supercross champ has moved up permanently to the 450 class)
  • MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
    • JASON ANDERSON (Finished second in the 2022 Supercross season)
    • JOEY SAVTAGY (After the Rocky Mountain KTM shakeup in 2022, Joey Savatgy left and moved to Monster Energy Kawasaki)
    • ADAM CIANCIARULO (Injured: taking the summer off to heal from his shoulder injury)
  • REDBULL KTM
    • RYAN DUNGEY (Returning after a 5-year hiatus)
    • AARON PLESSINGER (recovered from his 2022 Supercross injuries)
    • TONY CAIROLI (Plans on racing the first two rounds before committing to all 12)
    • COOPER WEBB (Out for 2022 to heal up)
    • MARVIN MUSQUIN (Not racing this summer, had a Supercross-only contract)
  • ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA
    • SHANE MCELRATH (Currently filling in for Dean Wilson for at least 5 rounds and will continue to ride if Dean does not comeback)
    • MALCOLM STEWART (Plans on missing the first half of the season due to an injury sustained at St. Louis Supercross)
    • DEAN WILSON (For now, Dean will be missing the first five rounds to continue and heal from his injury he sustained in the 2022 Supercross season)
  • TROY LEE DESIGNS / REDBULL / GASGAS
    • JUSTIN BARCIA 
  • MUC-OFF / FXR / CLUBMX YAMAHA
    • GARRETT MARCHBANKS (This will be both Garrett and Alex’s first year in the 450 National class)
    • ALEX MARTIN
    • PHIL NICOLETTI (Sustained an injury in Supercross but expects to be back on the 450)
  • TWISTED TEA / HEP SUZUKI
    • BRANDON HARTRANFT
    • JUSTIN BOGLE
  • TEAM BBMX KTM (Previously known as Rocky Mountain KTM)
    • FREDDIE NOREN (Went from Privateer to the BBMX team.)
    • BENNY BLOSS (Rode for Team Tedder KTM in Supercross, but Team Tedder doesn’t race MX)

250 CLASS

  • HONDA HRC
    • JETT LAWRENCE (Current 250 title holder in both Motocross and Supercross)
    • HUNTER LAWRENCE (Finished second in the 2022 Supercross season)
  • STAR RACING YAMAHA
    • JUSTIN COOPER (Returning from injury sustained before Supercross)
    • COLT NICHOLS (Returning from injury sustained at the first round of Supercross)
    • LEVI KITCHEN (Returning from injury sustained during Supercross)
    • NATE THRASHER (The only dude not returning from an injury, great job Nate!)
    • MATT LEBLANC (Making his Pro Debut for the opening two Rounds, then will race Amateur through Loretta’s)
    • NICK ROMANO (Making his Pro Debut for the opening two Rounds, then will race Amateur through Loretta’s)
  • MONSTER ENERGY PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI
    • JO SHIMODA (In similar fashion to Star Yamaha, Jo was the only one on the team to remain healthy)
    • CAMERON MCADOO (Returning from injury sustained during Supercross)
    • AUSTIN FORKNER (Returned from an injury with four rounds left in the Supercross season and rode surprisingly well, keep an eye out for Austin)
    • SETH HAMMAKER (Returning from injury sustained before Supercross)
    • JETT REYNOLDS (Returning from injury sustained during Supercross)
  • REDBULL KTM
    • MAX VOHLAND (Returning from injury sustained during Supercross)
  • ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA
    • RJ HAMPSHIRE (Finished second in the 2022 Supercross season)
    • STILEZ ROBERTSON (Returning from injury sustained during Supercross)
    • JALEK SWOLL
  • TROY LEE DESINGS / REDBULL / GASGAS
    • MICHAEL MOSIMAN (Finished third in the 2022 Supercross season)
    • PIERCE BROWN (Finished third in the 2022 Supercross season)
  • BARX CHAPARALL SUZUKI
    • DEREK DRAKE
    • DILAN SCHWARTZ (recovering from broken wrist)
    • CARSON MUMFORD (recovering from broken foot)
  • MUC-OFF / FXR / CLUBMX YAMAHA
    • JEREMY MARTIN (Jeremy will be joining the ClubMX roster for 2023 alongside his brother Alex, however he plans on sitting out for the remainder of 2022)
    • ENZO LOPES
    • BRANDON SCHARER (ClubMX trainer and part-time racer)

JETT LAWRENCE’S TITLE DEFENSE

Jett Lawrence 2021 Hangtown National-0817Jett thrilled his enthusiastic fansg by winning two championships back-to-back, the 2021 AMA 250 Nationals and the 2022 AMA 250 East Supercross. The question is, will he be able to defend his title or will someone like his very fast brother, Hunter Lawrence, give him a run for his money?


WE’RE GOING RACING

Look for some orange helmets this weekend as our very own Assistant Editor Josh Mosiman will be racing a 2022 Honda CRF450WE at Pala and a 2022 Kawasaki KX450SR at Hangtown. But he won’t be the only orange helmet rider as Brian Medeiros, Ezra Lewis and Dennis Stapleton will be joining the fun at Fox Raceway.

PRE-SEASON PRACTICE

Glen Helen raw video

Want to see the pros spin a few laps at Glen Helen? Top riders like Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, Aaron Plessinger and more were caught on camera so click HERE to check out our fully RAW video.

FOX RACEWAY HISTORY

Press release: “Fox Raceway burst onto the American motocross scene in 2010, when the facility served as the host venue for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship finale over the course of back-to-back seasons. Its introduction was highly anticipated for fans across the greater San Diego area, who had patiently withstood a decades-long absence following the last National at Carlsbad Raceway in 1982. Over the course of those initial two seasons at Pala, Ryan Dungey and Dean Wilson captured back-to-back victories in the 450 class and 250 class, respectively, where Wilson amassed an undefeated record and won all four motos. Since then the track has remained a hotbed for local racers as well as pros, who can often be found spinning laps on the sprawling property testing and training for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Its newfound presence to the championship schedule adds another layer to the legacy of the sport in Southern California, where Fox Raceway is now the new home of American motocross’ Memorial Day celebration.”

“Fox Raceway’s existence is a direct result of the unwavering commitment from the Pala Band of Mission Indians, who helped open the raceway located on the tribe’s land in the northernmost area of San Diego County nearly a decade ago, and continue to oversee its operations. It has ascended into a top-notch facility that is now a staple of the Southern California motocross scene.”

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PRE-SEASON CLIPS

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And that’s it! Stay tuned as we bring all the action on our website and YouTube page as the countdown till the gate drop begins!

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE

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