250 OVERALL RACE RESULTS // 2023 LOS ANGELES SMX PLAYOFF #3 (UPDATED)
250 RACE RESULTS // 2023 LOS ANGELES SMX PLAYOFF #3
The Supermotocross final is here; Hunter Lawrence, unfortunately, had an injury from the free practice yesterday that he agitated in qualifying today and will sit out this evening. The battle is on between Jo Shimoda and Haiden Deegan, as the winner of the two will take the overall. The track is very technical, and lap times are very close, a perfect recipe for a good race. For all the results and updates, check out below.
250 OVERALL RESULTS
Up front early in the second moto, Levi Kitchen was the one to lead them around. Title contender Jordon Smith unfortunately found himself on the ground and out of contention. As for Jo Shimoda, he had three Star Racing Yamaha’s between him and the win. Kitchen, Deegan, and Cooper would settle one, two, and three, headed past the halfway point. Haiden Deegan kept pace and seemed to be riding within his zone and not over-riding. Through the moto, the Star Racing Yamaha riders were able to maintain about a six-second lead over Jo Shimoda. Jo would make a charge through the closing laps, but it would not be enough. Deegan would end up second in the moto and take the overall for the 2023 Supermotocross series.
250 MOTO ONE RESULTS
In the first moto, Haiden Deegan was aggressive from the gate drop, but the Factory KTM rider of Tom Vialle led them around the first laps of the race. Jo Shimoda started around the eighth position and had to start picking his way through the pack, where he had to pass the likes of Justin Cooper and Jalek Swoll, who did not make it easy on him. Around mid-way, Haiden Deegan started his attack on leader Tom Vialle when Haiden’s teammate Jordon Smith slid inside him and made the pass, moving Haiden back to third. Smith then went on to pass for the lead, making the move uphill out of the Coliseum. Through the change in positioning, Haiden Deegan ended up just one place in front of Jo Shimoda going into the race’s final laps. Jo did not seem to be making up much ground, but he turned on the aggression and made a costly block pass and took the position away from Deegan. Jo would desperately search for a way around Vialle to put some distance between Shimoda and Haiden Deegan. Jo would not get Vialle by the end but would hold off Deegan. Jordon Smith would win the moto, his first win in five years.