Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki just confirmed their five rider line-up for the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross seasons. Austin Forkner, Cameron McAdoo, Jo Shimoda and Seth Hammaker are set to return to the team. Jett Reynolds will join those riders in what will be his first term as a professional. This, of course, means that Jordon Smith has moved on from the team. Smith bid farewell with the following statement.
“I want to take a second to say thank you to @MitchCPayton and the entire @PCRaceTeam! It was one of the best opportunities of my life and I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to give it a better shot. We worked as hard as we could to make it happen but sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles. Thanks to all the sponsors and @RaceKawasaki and @MonsterEnergy! Good luck to the team in the future!”
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. (October 1, 2021) – With the 2022 racing season marking nearly three decades of success, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team announces its five-rider lineup for the upcoming season. The team will field the established Austin Forkner, Cameron McAdoo, Jo Shimoda and 2021 Monster Energy Supercross ‘Rookie of the Year’ Seth Hammaker. Kawasaki also welcomes long-time Team Green amateur rising star Jett Reynolds to the fold as he graduates into the pro ranks.
As one of the most successful teams in the paddock, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki boasts an impressive resume that includes the most combined supercross and motocross wins in the 250 class and 29 total championships.
“We have a skilled group of riders on the team for the 2022 season,” said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. “With seasoned riders like Austin, Cameron, and Jo returning, last year’s rookie sensation Seth ready to begin his sophomore season and Jett making his pro debut; we are in a good spot to compete for both 250 West and East Supercross titles. Everyone on the team including riders, staff and personnel, are preparing for the new season to begin and we expect to finish on top of the podium.”
Returning for a seventh season with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad in 2022 is Austin Forkner. The 12-time 250SX race winner has high hopes to return to his winning ways this season after his promising 2021 supercross title campaign was cut short due to injury.
McAdoo is also back under the Kawasaki tent for the upcoming season. Coming off a career-best season in 2021 that saw McAdoo collect his first AMA 250 Supercross win, the Iowa native is keen on improving his third-place finish in the Supercross 250SX West championship point standings.
Back for his second year with the Kawasaki team is Shimoda. Building on a stand-out 2021 season, the Japanese-born rider secured a career-first 250SX class win along with six podiums last season and appears ready to use his experience running up front to mount a championship fight.
Entering his sophomore season, Hammaker returns to the Kawasaki squad with his first career 250SX class win and three AMA Supercross podiums under his belt. Last year’s rookie standout heads into the new season with expectations to battle for race wins and podiums.
Making his professional debut with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is Reynolds. Carrying nine AMA Amateur National titles and the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Supermini championship, Reynolds is set to make an immediate impact for the team in both series at the beginning of the 2022 season.
The 2022 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racing team is positioned for another championship campaign and awaits the start of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
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