Levi Kitchen is coming home this week, but it is not the homecoming he was hoping for.
In his to start with comprehensive season as a specialist motocross racer, the 21-year-aged from Washougal experienced a damaged wrist very last week, which will sideline him for Saturday’s Motosport Washougal National.
“It’s a bummer, but at minimum I continue to get to go,” Kitchen area stated from Tallahassee, Fla. “I was certainly fired up for the probability to race at Washougal. It was the very first put I rode when I was four years aged or each time it was. It is a quite distinctive area, and I raced there all my decades till I was 18. So it was undoubtedly anything that I was on the lookout forward to, but unfortunately, I ended up receiving damage prior to it.”
Kitchen area races in the 250cc class for Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing. Immediately after getting achievements as an amateur, Kitchen turned professional past August, following the 2021 Washougal race.
That arrived soon after two years of get the job done when he decided at 18 to move to Louisiana to pursue a job as a motocross racer.
“I actually was not positive what I desired to do,” he explained. “I preferred racing, but I wasn’t truly that really serious into it. And then I acquired to that age when my moms and dads reported ‘Well it’s either time to get a position or do you want to give this racing issue a shot? We’ll assistance you for a tiny bit lengthier to get to a instruction facility to begin performing out and placing everything into it.’
“So I decided to shift to Louisiana on my own and are living in motorhome. It generally all began there on my journey to make it to in which I’m at now. I just put in a lot of operate, providing it as a great deal exertion as I could, and I ended up successful a great deal of races as an novice. And then I bought myself a spot on a workforce as a specialist.”
After a pair of top-10 finishes past period, Kitchen area broke via with his initially podium end in June, placing 3rd at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colo.
“That just one was unusual,” Kitchen area claimed. “I was truly unwell going into it, and I was not even sure that day if I was heading to race or not. I realized my weak spot was my starts off the whole period foremost up to that. And that race, I finished up coming out of the first convert in initial put. And then I was capable to maintain that and stayed out entrance the total race. That was great. And then the 2nd race, I finished up in fifth. I experienced to fight my way up to fifth, and I concluded 3rd general.”
The superior did not previous long, as Kitchen area placed 12th in the following occasion at High Position in Mt. Morris, Penn.
“It shows the highs and lows of this sport,” Kitchen area explained. “I came into that one pretty confident, but finished up for me, in my eyes, I sucked that 7 days. … It was actually just a actuality check out of how these things go.”
Kitchen regrouped with back again-to-back best-5 finishes, leaving him in fifth put in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series. Then he bought hurt previous week getting ready for the event at Springcreek in Millville, Minn.
“I just came up brief on a soar,” he stated. “I didn’t even crash or everything. Just the influence broke my wrist. It was a apply working day, the final working day of observe before I was meant to fly out to Minnesota.”
Now all his emphasis is attempting to get back on his bicycle.
“As shortly as we get hurt, our mentality is we really don’t seriously care about … it sounds seriously bad, but we’re not far too concerned about our overall health,” Kitchen claimed. “Like I’ve obtained a damaged wrist, but I’m not fearful about that. It is a lot more like ‘When can I get again on the bicycle?’ ”
Kitchen is hoping to return to action for the following occasion on Aug. 13 in New Berlin, N.Y., despite the fact that he admits that may possibly be pushing issues.
Kitchen area will nonetheless make the journey from his dwelling foundation in Florida to Washougal this weekend. But as an alternative of racing, he will be relegated to a spectator, a thing he’s performed several times before at Washougal MX Park.
“I’m just going to Washougal to cling out, see buddies and family members,” he reported. “I haven’t been household in a really long time. And I’ll be there to assist my team. …
“It’s going to be a minimal tough for me to check out simply because I would like I was out there. But there’s normally following 12 months, I guess.”