Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Kitchen Starts Pro Motocross Season with Runner-Up Finish

Motocross // Fox Raceway // Highlights:

  • Kitchen qualified on pole to start the year, Masterpool was sixth
  • Kitchen led most of Moto 1 before finishing second
  • Masterpool had a good start but had some issues that pushed him back to 24th in Moto 1
  • Kitchen had another great start in Moto 2 but couldn’t make a pass and settled for second
  • Masterpool bounced back from his Moto 1 result to finish 10th in Moto 2

 

PALA, Calif. (May 26, 2024) — Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen proved his speed from supercross could translate to Pro Motocross as he claimed the runner-up finish at the opening round at Fox Raceway. Along with capturing pole position, Kitchen was a fixture at the front and earned a 2-2 moto result. After being tapped to fill in for the team only one day before, Ty Masterpool had a great overall showing despite the adversity he faced throughout the day, eventually finishing 15th on 24-10 moto scores.


The 2024 Pro Motocross season was an excellent start for the No. 47 of Kitchen as he claimed the top qualifying spot in the morning’s sessions. That set him up for a great gate pick in Moto 1, and he took full advantage, filing into second place at the start. He took his time to set up a pass, pulling into the lead just after seven minutes of the race. Kitchen held the lead for most of the moto, but after a track marker got stuck in his boot, he had to slow down to pull it out and was passed with only two laps. With no time to gain the difference back, he crossed the line in second.

In the second moto, he got another great start in third and quickly passed into second during the opening lap. He was on pace with the leader but couldn’t find a place to pass before the checkered flag. He settled for second in the moto and second overall on the day.

“Overall I’m happy getting through the first round healthy and with a solid result,” said Kitchen. “Fox Raceway was rough as usual and it was tough to not override the track. It’s tough to know what would have happened if I didn’t get that track marker stuck, but we’ll get back to work this week. Glad to be in good position going into Hangtown.”


With just one day on the bike, Masterpool’s approach to the weekend was to learn and put in a solid result. He got off to a great start in qualifying, clocking a time good enough for sixth. Just like his teammate, he got a quick jump out of the gate and was up in the top five, but a mistake on the opening lap pushed him down the leaderboard to 19th. He was in the top 15 when he hit a kicker and went down. Masterpool remounted and gave it a heartfelt effort to cross the finish line in 24th. The second moto was much better for Masterpool who started 12th and kept pushing the full 30 minutes plus two laps to finish the final moto on a positive note in 10th.

“It was good to start the day qualifying sixth with not much time on the bike and I think we could have had a much better result if I didn’t have such a tough Moto 1,” said Masterpool. “I’m optimistic for the upcoming races. We learned a lot and I’m going to make the most of this amazing opportunity that has been given to me. We’ve got another week to fine-tune the bike and I know we’ll only get better from here.”


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250MX Class Overall Results – Fox Raceway

  1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 1-1
  2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 2-2
  3. Tom Vialle (KTM), 4-3
  4. Chance Hymas (Honda), 3-4
  5. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 6-5
  6. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 8-6
  7. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 11-7
  8. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 10-8
  9. Joey Savatgy (Triumph), 5-13
  10. Ryder DiFrancesco (GasGas), 9-12

    15. Ty Masterpool (Kawasaki), 24-10

250MX Class Points Standings

  1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 50
  2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 44
  3. Tom Vialle (KTM), 38
  4. Chance Hymas (Honda), 38
  5. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 33
  6. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 30
  7. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 26
  8. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 26
  9. Joey Savatgy (Triumph), 26
  10. Ryder DiFrancesco (GasGas), 23

    15. Ty Masterpool (Kawasaki), 12


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