The Inaugural Monster Energy Cup comes to Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend featuring a $1 million purse for the rider who can win all three finals. Even if no one does that, the racer with the best record at the end still walks away with $100,000.
DirtWurx is building the track that is over 3200 feet long, has two 100 foot jump sections, goes up into the bleachers and back (ala LA Coliseum and Pontiac SX) and then goes outside the stadium as usual but incorporates a longer MX style track. Toss in some huge sand whoops, hard pack soil and minute plus lap times and this should be the event of the decade for moto.
So far the list of riders who are signed up has been dwindling as Chad Reed is sitting out to spend time with family, James Stewart still hasn’t got a ride sorted, and Justin Barcia who hasn’t confirmed why. Kevin Windham is in though and is the favorite of legend Jeremy McGrath to sweep the event and ride home with full pockets. Other riders confirmed as of today are Josh Hansen, who has not raced since the SX season ended, champion Dean Wilson, teammate Broc Tickle, Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe and at the last minute-orange rider Ryan Dungey. There will be three ten lap finals after qualifying and to win a cool million, the winner has to pull the top spot in all three. The reason for the shortened “mains” is obviously timing for the event and TV, but a shorter race keeps the action tighter on the track. The machinery should be pretty cool too as there are no restrictions on engine mods, no homologation requirement (meaning new and factory technology is okay to use) and electronic aids such as traction control, in helmet communication and on board telemetry using GPS is also allowed.
The event will be televised live on Speed-check your local listings.
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