Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Kitchen Ties Up Points With Runner-Up Finish in Denver

Supercross // Denver // Highlights:

  • Kitchen qualified second overall
  • Kitchen finished second in his heat after starting around seventh
  • Kitchen finished second in the main event, only 0.649 second from first

The runner-up finish helped him tie up the Western Regional 250SX points standings with one round remaining

DENVER (May 5, 2024) — Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen did what he had to do to bring the Western Regional 250SX Championship down to the final round by claiming second place inside Empower Field at Mile High at the penultimate round on Saturday. After wiping out his two-point deficit, he will be in a tie for the lead and hold the red plate heading into Salt Lake City next weekend.

It had been two weeks since Kitchen’s tough ride in Nashville, and there was a question if he’d be able to ride to the standard he had been all season. He quickly showed in qualifying he was ready to battle, scoring second overall. Kitchen had to make a few moves in the heat race after getting pinched around the first turn and exiting the second turn in seventh, but by the halfway point, he had placed his Kawasaki KX250 into the runner-up spot, where he would finish.

The start again was going to be crucial, and this time, Kitchen was able to keep it at the front, settling into second. He held a small gap over the leader for most of the race, but as third closed in, Kitchen turned up the speed and started to catch the leader. When the checkered flag flew, Kitchen finished only 0.649 seconds behind the winner, proving he gave it everything he had. In the end, Kitchen earned the two points he needed to put the Western Regional 250SX Championship into a tie for the lead going into the final round next weekend in Salt Lake City.

“It felt great to be back up front after Nashville,” said Kitchen. “I knew this race wasn’t going to be easy with the altitude as a variable, but we did what we needed to do. In the main, when RJ started closing, that lit a fire under me and suddenly I was right on Jo. It would have been an interesting final five minutes if that was a 20-minute race. I’m pumped for the team after all they’ve done for me this year, and it’s going to be an interesting final round next week.”

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results – Denver

  1. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
  2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki)
  3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna)
  4. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha)
  5. Jordon Smith (Yamaha)
  6. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha)
  7. Cole Thompson (Yamaha)
  8. Robbie Wageman (Yamaha)
  9. Talon Hawkins (KTM)
  10. Julien Beaumer (KTM)

250SX Class // Western Region Points Standings

  1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki), 186
  2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 186
  3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha), 165
  4. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 163
  5. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha), 121
  6. Julien Beaumer (KTM), 118
  7. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha), 107
  8. Anthony Bourdon (Suzuki), 102
  9. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha), 93
  10. Carson Mumford (Honda), 88

250SX Class // Eastern Region Points Standings

  1. Tom Vialle (KTM), 158
  2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 143
  3. Pierce Brown (GasGas), 124
  4. Coty Schock (Yamaha), 121
  5. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 120
  6. Max Anstie (Honda), 119
  7. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha), 106
  8. Jalek Swoll (Triumph), 103
  9. Chance Hymas (Honda), 101
  10. Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki), 87

Team Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki uses WRP Titanium Fasteners