Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Riders All Survive Rainy East Rutherford to Finish Inside Top-10

East Rutherford Highlights:

  • Jo Shimoda earned first career heat-race win
  • Lightning in the area caused delay of main event, making for muddy, shortened main when resumed

Mumford led the way with seventh, Shimoda and Blose were ninth and 10th, respectively

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (April 23, 2023) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Carson Mumford led the way at the first Monster Energy Supercross East/West Shootout, finishing seventh inside a rain-soaked MetLife Stadium late on Saturday night. In only his second race back, Jo Shimoda managed his race and finished ninth, while teammate Chris Blose rounded out the top 10 just behind him. Ryder DiFrancesco lined up for the second time this season in the Supercross Futures class, earning a podium finish of third.


The conditions from qualifying and the heat races to the main event differed drastically in New Jersey as rain threw a wrench in what started as a great day. Top-finishing teammate Mumford qualified well in practice in fourth, but couldn’t find a good pace in the heat, finishing seventh. After nearly an hour and a half of lightning delay to start the main event, Mumford got out to a 10th-place start, and it was all about keeping the bike on two wheels. He was able to make up a little ground throughout the race and made it up to seventh at the end of a shortened main event.

“We had quite the day, and it was all about survival in the main event,” said Mumford. “The start was crucial and I didn’t get the jump I was looking for. Honestly, seventh feels pretty good in those conditions, but I want more when we get back to it in Denver. We’ll keep working these next two weeks and come out swinging.”


The day started great for Shimoda, who captured his first career heat-race win for the East Region heat. He rode great in the heat, but the conditions flip-flopped in the main event and Shimoda was facing conditions he hadn’t seen in a while. He got a top-10 start but fell back to 12th on Lap 3. Shimoda never quit and made it back into the top 10 to finish ninth.

“That was a crazy race,” said Shimoda. “First, we weren’t sure if we were going to race, and then we had a very, very muddy race. After missing most of the year, I just wanted to stay healthy and do as well as I could. It felt amazing to get that heat race win. I’m thankful we left healthy and get to line up again in Nashville next week.”


Blose has been a fixture of consistency throughout the year as he stepped up to represent the team in the eastern region. He once again proved he was a solid choice as he started the day by finishing his heat race in fifth. Blose had an up-and-down main event after starting 12th. He would make up position and then drop down, but in the end, he came back to finish with another top 10. Blose now sits three points out of fourth overall in the championship standings.

 

“It’s amazing how quickly things changed from the start of the night show to the main event,” said Blose. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect as we rounded that first turn, but I knew I wanted to keep it on two wheels. It was a tough one to mentally keep pushing, but I was happy to get back into the top 10.”


 

Before the skies opened, the Supercross Futures riders took to the track. When the gate dropped DiFrancesco was in the top five and after a few riders went down in the opening section, he cleared it and found himself in second. He kept the leader in sight, but was passed on Lap 3. DiFrancesco didn’t let that deter him and kept a good pace to bring home a podium finish in third.

 

 


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250SX Class East/West Showdown Main Event Results – East Rutherford

  1. Max Anstie (Honda)
  2. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
  3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda)
  4. Max Vohland (KTM)
  5. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha)
  6. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha)
  7. Carson Mumford (Kawasaki)
  8. Cullen Park (Honda)
  9. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki)
  10. Chris Blose (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

  1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 198
  2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 149
  3. Max Anstie (Honda), 148
  4. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 120
  5. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 120
  6. Chris Blose (Kawasaki), 117
  7. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha), 111
  8. Cullen Park (Honda), 96
  9. Tom Vialle (KTM), 95
  10. Coty Schock (Honda), 83

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

  1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 176
  2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 137
  3. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 118
  4. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 112
  5. Max Vohland (KTM), 104
  6. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 101
  7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 99
  8. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 98
  9. Cole Thompson (Yamaha), 73
  10. Derek Kelley (KTM), 70

Supercross Futures Main Event – East Rutherford

  1. Julien Beaumer (KTM)
  2. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha)
  3. Ryder DiFrancesco (Kawasaki)
  4. Casey Cochran (Husqvarna)
  5. Mark Fineis (GasGas)
  6. Jyire Mitchel (KTM)
  7. Tyler Stepek (KTM)
  8. Trevor Colip (Kawasaki)
  9. Avery Long (Yamaha)
  10. Evan Ferry (Yamaha)

Pro Circuit Kawasaki uses WRP titanium fasteners