Report: Jo Shimoda Injured in Testing Crash [Updated]

OMG. Can we get Mitch Payton a double stiff drink.

The team is already without Austin Forkner, Jett Reynolds, Ryder DiFrancesco and now Seth Hammaker, who broke his wrist earlier this week

Well, now it appears as Jo Shimoda will miss the start of the 250SX East Region next week. 

According to Swap Moto Live, Shimoda sustained a broken collarbone and will miss Houston next week. 

Here is the post on Swap Moto’s IG:

“We just heard some horrible news. Seems @joshimoda suffered a broken collarbone yesterday and will miss the start of the Eastern Regional 250 SX Champonship. This is in the heels of @sethhammaker’s broken wrist announcement, and leaves @pcraceteam with no racers for the East. Will they move West fill-in rider @carsonmumford East? Get well soon, guys!”

We will have more once it is reported by the team. 

Update: Below is official word from Kawasaki:

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Jo Shimoda suffered a shoulder injury in preparation for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Eastern Regional Championship. As the result of a practice crash, the No.30 Kawasaki KX™250 rider will forgo the opening rounds of the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship as he takes the necessary time to recover. 

After finishing fourth overall in the 2022 250SX Western Regional Championship, Shimoda raced his way to second overall in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Throughout the summer, Shimoda established himself as a top contender in the 250 Class by securing nine overall podiums and two overall victories. Shimoda carried the momentum from his exceptional motocross season into his off-season training and was prepared to challenge for the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship. With his focus now shifted toward recovery, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider aims to return to the top step of the podium prior to the season’s conclusion. 

“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda. “Our goal was to compete for the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of supercross.”

Further updates on Shimoda’s return to racing will be shared when available.

Update: Jo posted the following on IG:

“So yesterday morning bike stoled in the face of jump, nothing to do with mechanical issue just was cold out and something that was out of my control, it’s motor racing🤷🏻 I feel very sorry for everyone and feeling is in weird spot knowing 4month of work waste with in a second.”

Main image: Kawasaki

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