It's the first ever Monster Energy Cup, Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. It's the race everyone's been talking about. Why? A few reasons - first - a million dollars to any rider that can win all the motos. Second reason - new race format - three motos! Three ten lap main events! Third - unique race track. Although very similar to a supercross race, promoter Feld Motor Sports hired two of the biggest names in Supercross and Motocross to help build the track, and to help make it part 'motocross'. Those two big names would be Ricky Carmichael, and Jeremy McGrath. Another reason - new rules! Or lack thereof. The teams and riders get to use two-way radios to communicate while the races are going on, ala NASCAR. Ryan Villopoto has won the 2011 Monster Energy Cup event in Las Vegas, and the 1 million dollar prize money that goes with it!
Supercross.com has published three preview articles since we've arrived here in Vegas for the Monster Energy Cup hybrid Motocross / Supercross.
1. Press Conference on Thursday. 2. Amanda blog and has video of Thursday's activities in Vegas. 3. Video with riders and others explaining how they would blow a milion bucks should they win the Monster Million Dollars tonight.
There is another component that makes this race special. It's Las Vegas. You only need to look back at last May's Supercross Season Finale where Ryan Villopoto clinched his first ever AMA Supercross Series Championship. And Kenny Roczen won his first ever AMA main event in the 250 West Lites class. And more.
All of today's action from Sam Boyd Stadium and this first ever Monster Energy Cup Motocross / Supercross will be below. Who's racing? How about 2011 AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto? (Ryan also won the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship, and was part of the winning USA team in the Motocross of Nations in France last month.) How about Ryan Dungey, also a AMA Supercross Series and MX Series Champion (2010), making his debut for the KTM Red Bull team. West Supercross Champs Broc Tickle and Jake Weimer, one of the youngest riders on the racing circuit today, Kevin Windham. Justin Brayton is making his American Honda Muscle Milk team debut. Two time world Motocross Champion in the MX2 class Marvin Musquin, racing on the 350 KTM. And there are plenty more riders ...
Ryan Dungey's brand new factory 450 KTM