Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda heads into break with solid fourth-place finish
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki press release:
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda closed out the opening rounds of the Eastern Regional 250SX class with a solid ride to fourth-place at Camping World Stadium. While torrential rains in the area looked to bring a mud race, the track dried out nicely for the evening. Shimoda’s consistency over the past seven rounds helped him enter the break sitting third in the championship standings with two rounds remaining for the east coast riders.
In his last effort before the 10-week break, Shimoda started the evening with a second in his heat race. When the gate dropped for the main, Shimoda wasn’t able to put his Kawasaki KX250 up at the front and was forced to make his way through the pack from 10th at the holeshot line. He made quick work of his competition and was into fourth just a few minutes later. Shimoda put in clean laps and finished 14 seconds ahead of fifth place.
“It would have been nice to land on the podium one more time before the break, but I am still happy with how I rode,” said Shimoda. “Just needed a little bit better start. At the start of the day, we didn’t really know what kind of track we were going to get after all that rain so to leave healthy and third in the points is good.”