Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda Closes Out Season On Podium

2021-09-13 02:58
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda landed back on the podium for the third time this season with a great 4-2 ride as the Pro Motocross season closed out at Hangtown MX. His second place overall pushed him up the championship standings to finish the year fifth overall. Teammate Austin Forkner was quick all day, finishing fifth in the second moto but ended up 12th overall after a tough first race.

The day started decently for Shimoda who qualified sixth on a track he had only raced as an amateur. When the Moto 1 gate dropped, Shimoda funneled into 10th and started his journey forward. He passed up to sixth about halfway and then inherited fourth after a few riders went down ahead of him, where he ended the moto. For the final race of the season, Shimoda got a much better start in fifth and worked his way forward very quickly and was into second by Lap 5. It was the last race of the day and the track was at its most rutted and gnarly, but Shimoda held on to second to claim second overall.

“I really wanted a win, but being up on the podium is big progress for me,” said Shimoda. “I ended the last four races with good overall finishes and that is something I can take into next year. I know I am capable of more and will be working hard this off-season.”

Forkner’s year has been met with plenty of ups and downs, but he was optimistic for a good showing to close out the season. He did very well in qualifying, finishing fourth, which translated to a great start in Moto 1, coming around in third. He was only a few laps in when he had an issue and was unable to continue. While it wasn’t what he was hoping for, he focused on putting in his best effort in Moto 2. Forkner once again got a great start in fourth and managed the race to come across the line in fifth. He was credited with 12th overall, but had closed out the season on a high note with a solid final moto.

“There are some things in your control and out of your control,” said Forkner. “It was a bummer to have to pull out early in Moto 1 but if there was any positive, I knew that I was going to be fresh for the second moto. I wanted to just get a good start and be proud of my ride so overall it was a good way to end the season.”
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250MX Class Overall Results

Justin Cooper, Yamaha, 1-1
Jo Shimoda, Kawasaki, 4-2
RJ Hampshire, Husqvarna, 2-6
Maximus Vohland, KTM, 5-4
Jett Lawrence, Honda, 8-3
Hunter Lawrence, Honda, 3-9
Dilian Schwartz, Suzuki, 10-7
Joshua Varize, Husqvarna, 7-11
Levi Kitchen, Yamaha, 6-12
Michael Mosiman, GasGas, 11-8

12. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 40-5

250MX Class Points Standings

Jett Lawrence, Honda, 497
Justin Cooper, Yamaha, 491
Hunter Lawrence, Honda, 381
RJ Hampshire, Husqvarna, 364
Jo Shimoda, Kawasaki, 340
Jeremy Martin, Yamaha, 307
Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 256
Michael Mosiman, GasGas, 252
Maximus Vohland, KTM, 236
Dilan Schwarts, Suzuki, 209

About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages and everything in between.

Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 31 AMA championships and more than 275 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

Source: Next Level Sports Management

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