Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Kitchen Earns Back-to-Back Podiums with Third Overall at Hangtown

Motocross // Hangtown // Highlights:

  • Masterpool qualified fifth, Kitchen 13th
  • Kitchen went 3-3 for third overall, his second-straight podium
  • Masterpool had two solid motos to finish eighth (6-11)


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (June 2, 2024) — Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen found himself back on the podium at a hot Hangtown Classic, finishing the day with a 3-3 moto score for third overall. Two great starts contributed to his success and Kitchen remains second in the championship standings, 13 points out of the lead. Ty Masterpool had a great bounce-back ride in Northern California, racing to his first top-10 of the season with an eighth-place finish (6-11). Masterpool has moved into 11th in the overall 250MX standings, just two points out of the top 10.

The riders knew they would be up against the heat and a dry, rutted track. In qualifying, Kitchen did his best to get himself comfortable in the challenging conditions, ending the practice sessions 13th. Even with a less desirable gate pick, Kitchen was quick off the gate and rounded the first turn in second. He tried to stay connected with the leader and was always within five seconds, but near the end of the moto, he was passed and brought home a respectable third. Kitchen’s second moto start was once again on point as he rounded in third. He made the move into second but was passed for the spot around the halfway point, which kept him with a 3-3 moto score at the end of the day, giving him third overall.

“The track was tough, and I wasn’t able to push like I wanted to,” said Kitchen. “Every time I tried to turn it up a little, I felt uncomfortable and didn’t want to make a mistake that would cost me. We have the whole summer to keep after this championship, so to come out with third feels good for me. We’re going to get aggressive this week and go to Colorado with high hopes of a win.”

With a full week on the bike compared to the two days at Round 1, Masterpool felt more confident than ever lining up with his Kawasaki KX250. It showed in qualifying as he claimed fifth overall to start the day. In the opening moto, he had to work through the pack after a 16th-place start. Masterpool picked off riders and by Lap 8 had made his way into the top 10, but he wasn’t done and continued to push forward up to the final lap where he made the pass into sixth – a season best. The confidence gained in Moto 1 showed in Moto 2 as he grabbed a second-place start ahead of his teammate and held the spot for several laps. Using up much of his energy on the start, Masterpool made a few mistakes that pushed him back to 11th at the finish, but the 6-11 gave him his first top-10 result of the season with an 8th overall.

“Today was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot,” said Masterpool. “We had a great qualifying but I couldn’t get it done on the start of Moto 1 and used a lot of energy to get through the pack. Moto 2 was awesome running with the front guys for a good chunk of the race, but I didn’t have a ton left in the tank and I was happy to hold on to 11th. Getting a top 10 with such a stacked class and such limited time on the bike shows how good this team is supporting me to get me where I need to be. I’ll keep putting in the work to see if we can do it again next weekend.”

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250MX Class Overall Results – Hangtown Classic

  1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 1-2
  2. Tom Vialle (KTM), 4-1
  3. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 3-3
  4. Chance Hymas (Honda), 2-4
  5. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 7-5
  6. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 5-10
  7. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 8-8
  8. Ty Masterpool (Kawasaki), 6-11
  9. Julien Beaumer (KTM), 9-9
  10. Casey Cochran (Husqvarna), 12-12

250MX Class Points Standings

  1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 97
  2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 84
  3. Tom Vialle (KTM), 81
  4. Chance Hymas (Honda), 78
  5. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 62
  6. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 61
  7. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 55
  8. Julien Beaumer (KTM), 48
  9. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 46
  10. Joey Savatgy (Triumph), 41
  11. Ty Masterpool (Kawasaki), 39

Team Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki uses WRP Titanium Fasteners