Jo Shimoda

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Suzuka, Japan

Team: Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

Current Residence: Menifee, California

Birth Date: May 16, 2002

Manufacturer: Kawasaki

Team Manager: Mitch Payton

Mechanic: Matt Goodbred

Turned Pro: 2019

Best career season result: 2nd in 2021, 250SX EAST Regional

2022 Season result: 4th, 250SX WEST


 Racing Accolades

  • 2022 Pro Motocross 250 Class - 2nd place
  • 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Championship 250SX East 2nd place
  • 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Championship 250SX East 3rd place
  • 2020 AMA 250SX Rookie of the Year
  • 1st place at the 2018 Monster Energy Cup (All-Stars division)

 Lifestyle & General Interest

  • Enjoys golfing and playing video games
  • Started riding dirt bikes when he was four years old
  • Grew up seeing Jeffrey Herlings as a riding and racing role model
  • In 2021, Jo became the first Japanese racer to win a Monster Energy Supercross race in either the 450SX or 250SX Classes
  • First Japanese rider to claim an overall win in Pro Motocross in either 250 or 450 class

2022 Season Recap: Shimoda’s 2022 campaign was a strong one with notable highlights across both Supercross and Pro Motocross. Shimoda finished 4th in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class with one podium in Glendale, not his strongest season to date due to some unfortunate crashes he was swept up in over a few races. Shimoda’s Pro Motocross season was his best to date finishing a stellar second place overall while capturing his first career Motocross win at the Unadilla National. Shimoda also went on to represent Japan in the Motocross of Nations following the Pro Motocross season.


2023 Outlook: 2023 looks extremely bright for the young Japanese star looking to make his mark on the sport. Shimoda seems to creep closer and closer to his first title as each year goes by and he will certainly be a threat to claim either 250SX Class coast in 2023 as long as he stays upright on the bike and avoids crashes setting him back.

Points Standings

Year Class Overall Points
2023 250SX East 13 75
2022 250SX West 4 162
2021 250SX East 2 181
2020 250SX East 3 122


Date Race Class Make Model Position
2023-04-15 13 – Atlanta 250SX Kawasaki KX250 4
2023-04-22 14 – East Rutherford 250SX Kawasaki KX250 9
2023-04-29 15 – Nashville 250SX Kawasaki KX250 2
2023-05-13 17 – Salt Lake City 250SX Kawasaki KX250 4
2023-05-27 1 – Anaheim I 450SX KAW KX 4
2023-05-27 3 – San Diego 450SX KAW KX 6
2023-06-03 4 – Anaheim II 450SX KAW KX 4
2023-06-03 5 – Houston 450SX KAW KX 10