Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda Makes Podium Return in High Point

2022-06-24 07:53
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda raced his way back to the podium for third overall at High Point Raceway, riding through the lingering sickness from last weekend. Teammate Seth Hammaker gave his Pennsylvania home crowd a show on the starts, earning both holeshots on his way to a season-best sixth overall (4-6).
The rider out of Japan has proven each round that he has the speed to be at the front. Shimoda’s starts and then the illness have kept him from showing his full potential, but he was able to tap into that speed this weekend. He got a great start in Moto 1 in third though after taking some time to get comfortable with the track, he fell back to fifth. Once he got into his groove, he picked off riders and made it back to third where he finished.

In Moto 2 he got a decent start in sixth but the riders ahead were pulling a gap quickly and it made for a more challenging race to the front. Even with the gap up to fourth in the double digits, Shimoda closed in and passed for fifth and ended up only four seconds out of fourth.
“Today was pretty challenging for me,” said Shimoda. “I’m still feeling not 100 percent and it kept me from being more confident on this track. When I was able to work through that, I felt a lot better and could start pushing. We’ve got some work to do this week and thankfully get a break so I can get back to full health.”
Hammaker was given a boost in confidence at High Point as he rode in front of his home crowd for the first time in his professional career. The rider out of Bainbridge, Pennsylvania, shot out to the Moto 1 holeshot and led for the first five laps of the race. He rode in second for a while but eventually was passed by his teammate and fell back to fourth. In the second moto, it was Hammaker again with the holeshot, but he had a tip-over mid-lap and fell back to 10th. He worked his way up quickly and was in sixth by Lap 5. The riders in front of him had some time on him and he pushed to make it within eight seconds of his teammate.
“This race was much better but a few mistakes really did cost me,” said Hammaker. “Getting both holeshots was awesome. I’m happy with the progress and we get some time to continue to make improvements. The crowd was so awesome this weekend and it really does help you push through - especially when I went down.”
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250MX Class Overall Results - HIGH POINT NATIONAL

Jett Lawrence (Honda), 2-1
Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 1-2
Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 3-5
Michael Mosiman (GasGas), 5-4
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 8-3
Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 4-6
RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 7-7
Max Vohland (KTM), 6-9
Pierce Brown (GasGas), 10-10
Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 9-11

250MX Class Points Standings

Jett Lawrence (Honda), 186
Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 174
Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 137
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 133
Michael Mosiman (GasGas), 115
Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 115
Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 110
Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna), 94
Max Vohland (KTM), 90
Pierce Brown (GasGas), 80

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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.

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