Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Kitchen Puts in Valient Effort to Stay in Championship Hunt

Supercross // Nashville // Highlights:

  • McAdoo was second in qualifying, Kitchen third in their respective regions
  • Kitchen finished 6th in the West heat, McAdoo finished 9th in the East heat
  • Kitchen came back from a first lap crash to finish 14th

McAdoo retired early, scoring him 22nd

NASHVILLE (April 21, 2024) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen proved on Saturday night inside Nissan Stadium why he is a contender for the Western Regional 250 Championship after remounting from a first-lap crash and racing to 14th. The effort kept Kitchen in the title fight as he is only two points out of the lead with two races remaining. Cameron McAdoo was taken out in practice, which resulted in an injured shoulder, but still tried to line up for the main event. Unfortunately, a crash on the opening lap forced McAdoo to retire from the evening early, scoring him 22nd. McAdoo is currently third in the Eastern Regional 250SX championship.

Race day started with only two practice sessions after the area was hit with rain on Friday. Kitchen made the most of the shortened track time and qualified third in the Western Region. In the region’s heat race, Kitchen’s start pushed him outside the top 5, and with some additional mishaps, he made it up to sixth. That didn’t give him a great gate pick in the main event, and he rounded the first turn mid-pack.

As he was going into the second turn, he was hit from behind and went down. It took him some time to get back up with the pile-up that it caused, but Kitchen shook it off and focused on picking off as many riders as he could. He was almost a lap down but made it up to 14th, just shy of the 13th spot. His determination helped him collect as many points as possible, now sitting just two points out of the lead.

“This is racing. There are some things you can control and some that you can’t. I was banged up when I got back going, but I kept my focus on the job at hand, getting by as many guys as possible. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

McAdoo’s day was thwarted early after a rider ran into him in qualifying, causing a big get-off for the No. 63. His shoulder was slightly hurt, but he was going to get out there and try for a spot in the main event. He managed to get the final qualifying spot in the Eastern Region’s heat race, but like his teammate, he wasn’t able to get the best gate pick. He, too, didn’t get a great jump and found himself mid-pack and, as he approached the second turn, went down and forced him to retire from the race early.

“I had high hopes coming into Nashville, but it seems that this sport is once again reminding us how quickly things can change,” said McAdoo. “I am going to have to see what we’re up against this week when we get back home, but I’ve faced adversity before, and we’ll face it again. We have to keep our heads up.”

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250SX Class East/West Shootout Main Event Results – Nashville

  1. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna)
  2. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
  3. Tom Vialle (KTM)
  4. Jordon Smith (Yamaha)
  5. Jalek Swoll (Triumph)
  6. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha)
  7. Max Anstie (Honda)
  8. Chance Hymas (Honda)
  9. Julien Beaumer (KTM)
  10.  Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha)

    14. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki)
    22. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki)

250SX Class // Eastern Region Points Standings

  1. Tom Vialle (KTM), 136
  2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 123
  3. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 120
  4. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 116
  5. Coty Schock (Yamaha), 105
  6. Max Anstie (Honda), 94
  7. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 89
  8. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha), 88
  9. Chance Hymas (Honda), 84
  10. Henry Miller (Honda), 74
  11. Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 72

250SX Class // Western Region Points Standings

  1. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 166
  2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 164
  3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 148
  4. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 138
  5. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha), 121
  6. Julien Beaumer (KTM), 106
  7. Anthony Bourdon (Suzuki), 96
  8. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 89
  9. Carson Mumford (Honda), 88
  10. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha), 77

Team Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki uses WRP Titanium Fasteners