Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda Nearly Races To Podium in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Highlights:

  • Jo Shimoda almost back on the podium in fourth
  • Rainy and windy conditions challenged the riders all night

Mumford finished 10th and Blose 12th

SALT LAKE CITY (May 14, 2023) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda closed out the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season by narrowly missing the podium and claiming fourth at a damp and windy series finale at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The East/West Showdown round also included teammates Carson Mumford and Chris Blose, who managed the elements as best they could and finished the season in 10th and 12th, respectively. Blose also secured fifth overall in the Eastern Regional 250SX championship.

The day started well for Shimoda, who claimed third in the East Region qualifying and was proving he would be fast all day. Shimoda took the same intensity into his heat and finished third. When the gate dropped for the main event, it was an excellent start for the rider out of Japan, who found himself in third once again. He was passed early and settled into fourth for the remainder of the race.
“It would have been nice to have ridden the entire series, but I’m thankful I got a bit of racing in before outdoors,” said Shimoda. “It was a good four races overall and we can use this to build for a great motocross season. With supermotocross, I knew even if it were just a few rounds, the points would help. I’m really looking forward to getting back outdoors at Pala.”

As the lone representative of the West Region, Mumford got going in qualifying with a seventh overall. The track was tricky, especially in the rain, but Mumford was able to make the most of it in his heat to transfer in fourth. With rain and wind as a factor, Mumford didn’t get the best start and found himself outside the top 10. With the conditions and the track leaning more one-lined around the circuit, Mumford had to take his time, eventually making it up to 10th.

“I wasn’t able to put my best foot forward today and let the elements get the best of me,” said Mumford. “I felt decent during the day with qualifying and the heat but just couldn’t make the passes I needed to after that rough start. I’m so incredibly thankful for this opportunity and wasn’t really sure what to expect out of myself coming onto the new bike just off injury. I felt we made good progress throughout the last few months.”

Blose has been a constant fixture in the East Region for the team and closed the season with some highs and lows. He started the day qualifying in seventh and made up ground in his heat to finish fifth. Blose got a great start behind Shimoda in the main event and was trying to hold the rear wheel of his teammate but started to lose time. He made a mistake on Lap 7, which pushed him back, and he couldn’t quite get the momentum needed to get into the top 10, settling for 12th. His consistent season awarded Blose a great finish of fifth overall in the Eastern Region 250SX championship standings.

“As usual, the power out of the KX250 was great on the start and I was able to get going inside the top five,” said Blose. “Unfortunately, I made a few mistakes and it cost me. I’ve had so much fun getting to know the team and working with them throughout the season. We didn’t have many expectations at the start, but to get fifth in the championship feels good, and I owe it all to the team.”

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250SX Class West Main Event Results – Salt Lake City

  1. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
  2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna)
  3. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha)
  4. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki)
  5. Jordon Smith (Yamaha)
  6. Hunter Lawrence (Honda)
  7. Max Anstie (Honda)
  8. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha)
  9. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda)
  10. Carson Mumford (Kawasaki)
  1. Chris Blose (Kawasaki)


250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

  1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 223
  2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 186
  3. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 156
  4. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 149
  5. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 131
  6. Max Vohland (KTM), 121
  7. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 101
  8. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 98
  9. Derek Kelley (KTM), 87
  10. Cole Thompson (Yamaha), 87
  11. Robbie Wageman (Suzuki), 78
  12. Carson Mumford (Kawasaki), 72


250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

  1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 241
  2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 183
  3. Max Anstie (Honda), 182
  4. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 159
  5. Chris Blose (Kawasaki), 143
  6. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha), 132
  7. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 120
  8. Tom Vialle (KTM), 120
  9. Cullen Park (Honda), 117
  10. Coty Schock (Honda), 94


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