Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Kitchen and Masterpool Both Inside Top-10 in Colorado

Motocross // Thunder Valley // Highlights:

  • Masterpool took top qualifier, Kitchen 7th
  • Kitchen finished fifth overall with a 3-7
  • Masterpool earned a season-best of seventh with an 8-6


LAKEWOOD, Colo. (June 9, 2024) — Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen and Ty Masterpool earned top 10 finishes at a challenging Round 3 at Thunder Valley MX Park, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. Kitchen rode an impressive opening moto to start the day with a podium finish in third, but a tough Moto 2 of seventh pushed him off the overall podium down to fifth. Masterpool began the day as the top qualifier, and decent starts gave way to a season-best seventh overall (8-6).

The weather constantly threatened the activities on Saturday, but the day started with no problems in qualifying. Kitchen, who typically loves the deep ruts of Thunder Valley, didn’t find the track in its usual deep state and had to adapt to the conditions, qualifying seventh overall. In Moto 1, Kitchen avoided a first-turn crash and settled into fifth after the first lap. He took his time, and just after the halfway point, Kitchen made two passes in one lap to jump up to third. He put in one of his fastest times of the race late in the moto but couldn’t catch the front two and settled for third. The second moto saw him grab another great start in third, but a mistake on Lap 3 pushed him down the leaderboard to sixth. Kitchen was passed late in the race to cross the finish line in seventh, placing him fifth overall.

“I love coming up to Thunder Valley and was a little surprised how the ruts weren’t as deep as usual, but we made the most of it,” said Kitchen. “I know fifth isn’t where I want to be, but we’re learning every week, and I know our time is coming. I’ve been thankful to get the good starts and now have to start to capitalize on them. I’m excited to head back east and really see what we can do.”

Masterpool has proven he’s getting more and more comfortable with his Kawasaki KX250 each week, and he showcased just how comfortable he is by claiming the top qualifying spot to start the day. Like his teammate, he got a great jump out of the gate and avoided the first-turn crash, but he made an early mistake that pushed him back to 11th by the end of the first lap. He used the entire 30 minutes, plus two laps, to push his way forward, eventually finishing eighth. Masterpool grabbed a solid start in Moto 2 in eighth and rode a steady and consistent race to pass up to sixth by the end, claiming his best finish of the season in seventh overall.

“I’m having so much fun getting used to the bike,” said Masterpool. “It’s been nice to see the results improve each week, which makes me excited as we move forward in the season. I think we can get into the top five, but I’ll keep coming into each week thankful for the opportunity and give it my best.”

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250MX Class Overall Results – Thunder Valley MX Park

  1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 1-2
  2. Chance Hymas (Honda), 4-1
  3. Tom Vialle (KTM), 2-4
  4. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 5-3
  5. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 3-7
  6. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 7-5
  7. Ty Masterpool (Kawasaki), 8-6
  8. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 6-9
  9. Julien Beaumer (KTM), 9-10
  10. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 11-11

250MX Class Points Standings

  1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 144
  2. Chance Hymas (Honda), 121
  3. Tom Vialle (KTM), 121
  4. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 119
  5. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 99
  6. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 93
  7. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 84
  8. Julien Beaumer (KTM), 73
  9. Ty Masterpool (Kawasaki), 69
  10. Joey Savatgy (Triumph), 60

Team Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki uses WRP Titanium Fasteners