Top 10 for seasoned-contender to open 250SX East in Houston.
After receiving a late call to fill in at Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki for 250SX East, Chris Blose commenced the series with a P10 finish, but was limited by a poor start in the main event at NRG Stadium.
The outfit owned and operated by Mitch Payton faced a race against time to contest the eastern regional quarter-liter races, with regulars Jo Shimoda and Seth Hammaker injured less than two weeks out from the opener in Houston.
“I think with the limited amount of time I had on the bike and coming up against others who’ve been training all year, we had a decent day,” said Blose. “My goal is to be fighting at the front and I just didn’t get the start dialled in the main event, which is something we can work on this week. I’m looking forward to making improvements next weekend in Tampa.”
Blose ultimately finished the night 10th in the main event, charging from outside of the top 15 to achieve the result. Prior to the final, he qualified 10th fastest and was fifth in heat one.
Despite the limited preparation time in Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki surrounds, Blose has a wealth of recent experience on the KX250 and notably finished third overall with Bud Racing in SX2 during the World Supercross Championship (WSX) last year, also earning P2 at the 2022 Supercross de Paris in the 250 category.
His next outing comes this Saturday when the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross Championship resumes at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.