Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Shimoda Races to Runner-Up Finish in Nashville

Nashville Highlights:

  • Jo Shimoda earned his first podium of the season with second-place finish

Chris Blose finished eighth and moved into fifth in the championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 30, 2023) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda captured his first podium finish of the season in only his third race back, claiming the runner-up spot at a day race at Nissan Stadium. Unlike the previous race, the penultimate round for the Eastern Regional 250SX class enjoyed dry conditions, allowing Shimoda to showcase his speed. Teammate Chris Blose was strong all day and ended the night inside the top 10 once again with an eighth-place result. Blose also moved into fifth place in the championship standings with one round remaining.

Practice and qualifying got going early in the morning, and it didn’t seem to phase Shimoda, who topped the first qualifying round. In his heat, he got an okay start that placed him fifth. After making it into fourth place, he was right on third but couldn’t make the pass and improve his gate selection in the main event after a small mistake.

Shimoda got a better start in the main event and was quickly into third by the second lap. He was gaining a ton of ground on the two front-runners who were battling, and eventually inherited second place after the leader went off the track. Shimoda made a strong push and crossed the finish line just 3.6 seconds behind the leader.

“I’m just so thankful for everyone who stuck by me when I had to hang out on the couch,” said Shimoda. “It’s never fun to be hurt, and I wanted to be out here so badly. I know the next time we race with be another east/west showdown, and I’m ready to end the season on a good note.”

Like Shimoda, Blose had a good start to the day, qualifying sixth overall. He was in the night’s opening heat and got a great start in third. Blose kept pace for most of the race behind the front runners and ended up third in the heat. He got another great start in the main event, tucking in just behind Shimoda in fourth, but quickly fell back a few positions in the opening lap to come around seventh. He settled into eighth a lap later, where he would maintain until the checkered flag. His consistency throughout the season and another good finish pushed Blose up to fifth in the championship standings, nine points out of fourth.

“It was a good race, but I didn’t have the intensity I needed in that opening lap, and some guys got me early,” said Blose. “Once I found my groove, I had a good pace, but I think I could have grabbed at least one more spot if I had been there on the opening lap or two. I’m looking forward to ending the season strong and holding onto fifth in the championship.”

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results – Nashville

  1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda)
  2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki)
  3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha)
  4. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha)
  5. Max Anstie (Honda)
  6. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha)
  7. Tom Vialle (KTM)
  8. Chris Blose (Kawasaki)
  9. Henry Miller (Honda)
  10. Cullen Park (Honda)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

  1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 224
  2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 168
  3. Max Anstie (Honda), 166
  4. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 141
  5. Chris Blose (Kawasaki), 132
  6. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha), 128
  7. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 120
  8. Tom Vialle (KTM), 111
  9. Cullen Park (Honda)
  10. Coty Schock (Honda), 89

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