Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda Rides to Top-Five in Colorado2022-06-13 02:37
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda wasn’t feeling 100 percent but still managed to put in two solid motos at Thunder Valley MX Park to score fifth overall (7-6). After three rounds, his effort kept him third overall in the 250MX Championship standings. Seth Hammaker had a good day going with a fifth in the first moto, but had to rebound from a get-off in Moto 2, earning ninth overall with a 5-15.
Shimoda arrived on Saturday morning feeling under the weather and his focus during qualifying was to get a good feel of the track. When the gate dropped, Shimoda got out to a 10th place start, trying to conserve energy while pushing forward. He was able to get up to seventh by the end of the opening moto. He got a much better start in Moto 2, running with the front-runners in fifth. Shimoda fell back to sixth on Lap 6, but rode strong and held on to the position through to the checkered flag.
“It was one of the toughest races I’ve done in a long time,” said Shimoda. “The track is always really physical and I had to really focus on hitting my lines. I didn’t want to go down because that would use so much of my energy. Overall I’m thankful for a top five, but I know we are able to do much better. We’ll see what we can do at High Point.”
Hammaker’s day started a lot better, qualifying fourth in the morning sessions. He was able to translate that into a great opening moto, starting the race in fifth. Hammaker worked his way into fourth, but fell back to fifth halfway through the moto where he stayed until the end.
Looking for his best finish of the season, Hammaker started the second moto in the top 10, but the rut he took in a corner brought him together with another ride resulting in him hitting the ground. Hammaker got up as quick as he could but had to come into the mechanic's area for a quick fix before returning to the race. With the rest of the field nearly a lap ahead, he went to work. He was up into the top 20 by the halfway mark and continued to push until the end, finishing 15th for ninth overall.
“We had such a great day going and I’m bummed we weren’t able to come away with our best finish of the season,” said Hammaker. “That’s racing but now it makes me more eager to get back to the races next week to try and land on that podium.”
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250MX Class Overall Results - THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL
Jett Lawrence (Honda), 2-2
Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 4-1
Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 1-5
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 3-3
Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 7-6
Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna), 6-7
Michael Mosiman (GasGas), 13-4
Matt LeBlanc (Yamaha), 10-9
Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 5-15
Nick Romano (Yamaha), 9-13
250MX Class Points Standings
Jett Lawrence (Honda), 139
Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 127
Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 101
Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 100
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 100
Michael Mosiman (GasGas), 81
Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 77
Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna), 74
Max Vohland (KTM), 63
Pierce Brown (GasGas), 58
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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