Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda Rides With Intensity for Fourth Overall at Washougal2022-08-02 02:14
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda rode with incredible intensity for two motos at Washougal Motocross Park during Pro Motocross’ Round 8 to score fourth overall. A 3-3 moto score rarely takes you off the overall podium, but it didn’t take away from the great riding Shimoda put in, including the Moto 1 holeshot. Teammate Seth Hammaker showed the same great starts, pulling out a tie for his season-best finish of sixth overall with a 5-8 moto score.
Shimoda changed up his start technique to begin the day at Washougal, taking advantage of metal start blocks that seemed to help him jump out of the gate as he took the Moto 1 holeshot. He led for the first four laps before falling to second, but kept the gap close and challenged for the lead for nearly the entire moto. A lapper played a factor late in the moto and led to Shimoda moving back to third with just a few laps to go. He stayed close and finished Moto 1 in third.
The second moto was nearly the same start, but he came through in second after the first few corners. He kept up the intensity for much of the moto but was passed just after halfway. With the pressure on from the fourth-place rider, Shimoda turned up the intensity once again and held off the competition en route to another third-place finish, giving him fourth overall.
“Overall it was a good day because the piece I have been missing with the starts was there,” said Shimoda. “I was able to keep pace with the front. We just barely missed the overall podium, but I think we’ve found something that we can build on for the final four races.”
Like Shimoda, Hammaker found something to build on with a solid showing at Washougal. He had a good time learning the track during qualifying and that preparation led to a fourth-place start in Moto 1. Hammaker kept the top-three riders in sight for the first part of the moto and eventually came away with fifth in the opening moto - nearly tying his season-best moto. In Moto 2 he put his Kawasaki KX250 at the front once again, coming around the first lap in fifth. He battled for much of the moto to keep pace, ultimately finishing the moto in eighth. The sixth overall tied Hammaker’s season-best from High Point, giving him something to enjoy as the series takes a two-weekend break.
“After a few weekends struggling, it was great to get a good start and run with the front group for a while,” said Hammaker. “I still have some things to work on, but being able to gain some confidence is helpful as we make our final run after this short break. I am really looking forward to the last four rounds of the season.”
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250MX Class Overall Results - WASHOUGAL NATIONAL
Jett Lawrence (Honda), 2-2
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 4-1
Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 1-4
Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 3-3
Max Vohland (KTM), 7-5
Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 5-8
RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 8-6
Pierce Brown (GasGas), 6-9
Nathan Thrasher (Yamaha), 13-7
Josh Verize (KTM), 10-10
250MX Class Points Standings
Jett Lawrence (Honda), 355
Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 327
Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 306
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 275
Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 207
RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 194
Max Vohland (KTM), 192
Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 180
Michael Mosiman (GasGas), 169
Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna), 169
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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