Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda Kicks off SuperMotocross Playoffs with Overall Win

zMAX Dragway Highlights:

  • Shimoda kept his win streak alive with SMX overall in Charlotte
  • DiFrancseco earned season-best finish in fourth
  • Hammaker scored another top-10 with sixth overall
  • Forkner won the LCQ before finishing 13th (6-19)
  • Mumford battled a stomach bug and was unable to race second moto


Concord, N.C. (September 10, 2023) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda put together a stellar ride at the opening round of the SuperMotocross Playoffs at zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte, finishing 4-1 to claim the overall victory and placing him in a tie for the lead heading into the second of three SMX playoff rounds. Ryder DiFrancesco continued the consistency he found at the end of Pro Motocross, earning fourth overall with a 7-3 finish, while Seth Hammaker was fast all day and joined his teammates in the top 10 with a sixth overall (5-8). Austin Forkner rode a great opening moto in sixth, but a crash in the second moto pushed him down the leaderboard to finish 13th overall. Carson Mumford had been fighting a stomach bug all week and, even after giving it his all in the opening race, had no strength to continue, scoring him 20th for the day.

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250SMX Class Overall Results – SMX Playoff 1

  1. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 4-1
  2. Tom Vialle (KTM), 3-2
  3. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 1-5
  4. Ryder DiFrancesco (Kawasaki), 7-3
  5. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 8-4
  6. Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 5-8
  7. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 2-11
  8. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 9-7
  9. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 12-6
  10. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 11-10

     13. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 6-19
     20. Carson Mumford (Kawasaki), 17-22

250SMX Class Points Standings

  1. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 42
  2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 42
  3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 39
  4. Tom Vialle (KTM), 38
  5. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 35
  6. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 30
  7. Ryder DiFrancesco (Kawasaki), 28
  8. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 27
  9. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 26
  10. Max Vohland (KTM), 25

     12. Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 19
     17. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 9
     19. Carson Mumford (Kawasaki), 7

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