this is incredible. It appears the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team has suffered another injury, as Swap Moto Live reported on Instagram that Joe Shimoda has a broken collarbone.
Swap Moto Live Posted:
“We just heard some terrible news. It seems @joshimoda Suffered a broken collarbone yesterday and will miss his Eastern Regional 250SX Championship debut. it’s in the heel @sethmamakerdeclares broken wrist, and leaves @pcraceteam There is no racer to the east. Will they move the West fill-in rider @carsonmumford east? Get well soon guys!”
Rental, the handlebar sponsor for the team, posted the news on their social media as well.
Some more bad news out @PCRaceTeam With @joshimoda Goes down with a broken collarbone. Ya disappointed for Joe, but keep your chin up”
The news comes just two days after Kawasaki announced that Seth Haymaker had suffered a hand injury that will sideline him for the immediate future. Shimoda and Haymaker were set to carry the 250SX East Region Championship flag for the Factory Kawasaki 250cc team at the start of the week and now the team is without a single healthy rider for next weekend’s East Region kickoff in Houston, Texas.
The team currently has Cameron McAdoo Racing 250SX West Region and Carson Mumford has been brought into the squad as a fill-in for Austin Forkner, who is out for the remainder of Supercross with a knee injury.
Jett Reynolds is also part of the squad but has been sidelined due to injury. Rider DeFrancesco was expected to race in the Supercross Futures, but recently had surgery for a torn ligament in his thumb. Will Team Mumford take the 250SX east and race for him next weekend? He just got back to riding last week, so that he could make a lot of strides after suffering a broken wrist in November. You have to feel for this team.
In his first three seasons of AMA Supercross, Shimoda has finished:
3rd at 2020 East Region Championship
2nd in 2021 East Region Championship
4th in 2022 West Zone Championship
The Japanese native has also earned a total of four 250SX Main Event podiums, one of which was his first 250SX Main Event win at the 2021 Salt Lake City 1 Supercross.
Entering his third consecutive season with Kawasaki, Shimoda was set to be the title favorite in the 2023 250SX East region championship.
Neither Shimoda nor the team has posted any news regarding #30’s injury yet. We will provide more details when the official update is available.