ALPINESTARS The legendary Italian brand may have just had its best motocross season ever, as Alpinestars-clad AMA riders Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson went 1-2 in 450SX, then Tomac, Chase Sexton, and Anderson went 1-2-3 in 450 Class MX, Jett and Hunter Lawrence went 1-3 in 250 MX, and Jett also won the 250SX East Region title. The only title that went to another clothing brand was the 250SX West Region, where THOR’s Christian Craig won—though he was wearing Alpinestars boots!
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TOMAC Many thought Eli might have already reached his peak after finally winning AMA Supercross in 2020, followed by an underwhelming (by his standards) ’21 season. But then he switched to Star Yamaha Racing for ’22 and found himself doing something he had never done before: sweeping both 450 SX/MX titles. It’s time to count #3 among the all-time greats—if you weren’t already!
VIALLE The French kid overcame a late deficit in the MX2 World Championship to overtake his rival Jago Geerts in the final round in Turkey for his second title in three years, and then immediately packed his bag for the U.S.— not for the MXoN at RedBud, but rather for a full-time move here for at least the next three years. KTM can use him, as they haven’t won a 250 SX/MX here since Shane McElrath at Budds Creek in ’19.