2020 Mini O’s Amateur Coverage
LEVI KITCHEN - 250 PRO SPORT
Even the title of this class exclaimed dominance, and aggressive racing action; the phrase of “Pro Sport,” indicative of the talent level that had been housed in a specific unit. Racing, was something that these athletes had been involved with for numerous years now, coming to a pinnacle of sorts for the 2020 Winter Olympics Championship. In the past, factory riders of amateur categorization had gone on to spectacular feats once this November race had finalized, and the story leading into 2021 was no different. Featured, were names like Matthew LeBlanc, Max Vohland, amongst a ton of others who were touted as championship favorites. And to be honest, even making the main event(s) were feats amongst themselves, as the quarrel to receive a transfer bid was rather egregious. Some in the field had already made their presence known on the professional circuit, creating a showcase of speed that would be replicated throughout the bright lights of AMA Supercross. As gates would load, shortly thereafter the metal brackets slammed to the ground; rear tires spinning as they penetrated the Floridian soil beneath them. Some of the strongest riders in the early going, would be aboard factory machinery; numerous brands represented as the green flag flew with enthusiasm. Matthew LeBlanc would show his full array of skills immediately, foregoing any sign of caution as he attacked every portion of the circuit. Max Vohland would be behind him, albeit a few seconds, keeping LeBlanc honest and making sure the Yamaha rider exemplified high-caliber action. Jake Masterpool, pushing forward from the fifth-place position, would infiltrate the top three as the checkered flag arose. LeBlanc though, was the man to beat; hoisting a “one” when heading into the main event. For the second go-around, Levi Kitchen would impose his will on that of the Pro-Sport division; continuing his streak of excellency that was created via Loretta Lynn’s, earlier this year. With competitors Nate Thrasher and Wesley Allen trailing, he understood that he couldn’t ease the throttle in the slightest. An imminent storm of fury would ensue, with Kitchen leading the moto from start, to finish. The build-up, now, was synonymous with anticipation, adrenaline flowing through the bodies of all. The “(25+)” prodigy (Brandon Scharer) pushed his Yamaha to the pinnacle of the field, only to be overtaken by that of Levi Kitchen and Cullin Park. Kitchen, transferring forward around LeBlanc and Park, was seemingly deemed for the lead via the law of attraction. A magnetic force-field of sorts attracted his Yamaha 250F with that of the checkered flag. Running the fastest circuit of the moto on lap five, there wasn’t anyone else on the track capable of deterring him from the overall win. He’d done it yet again, Kitchen labeled as the titleholder; with Park and LeBlanc, accompanying him thereafter.