Monster Energy Cup: The Best of Two Worlds Combined
If you're ready for a loud, crushing evening of motor mayhem,
then Monster Energy Cup is something you shouldn't miss.
The Monster Energy Cup course is enormous and extends
outside the arena where the riders of each race are split into two groups on opposite ends of the arena. When the race begins,
the bikes lurch forward in parallel lanes that jut toward one another at a 45-degree angle. The trajectories of both groups
merge together in a blur of mud, jerseys, and spinning tires. From there, the course presents a punishing series of rugged
bumps, sharp turns, and super jumps that the riders must endure for multiple races. The riders' objective is to fight for
top position while earning the fastest time, avoiding crashes, and taking the Joker Lane at least once. Your Monster Energy
Cup tickets will put you face to face with this spectacle that is a hybrid of the most exciting elements of Motocross and
Supercross-style dirt bike racing. Each Monster Energy Cup event features a series of different races, and races are categorized
as amateur or professional. The Super Mini is for racers 15 years of age or younger, and there are two Super Mini races held
during each event. The rider with the best overall time wins the event. Amateur riders with their eyes on a professional sponsorship
race in the Amateur All-Stars division, which is also split into two races. It is similar to the Super Mini, the difference
being the bikes and the riders are bigger -- typically young men in their late teens. The Main Event is split across three
races. The young professional who wins all three events stands to bring home a prize of $1 million. If the three events are
won by separate riders, the prize money is divided and awarded in smaller denominations.
The Monster Energy
drink brand is well known for hosting and promoting extreme sports events. On October 15th, 2011, the first Monster Energy
Cup was held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. This stadium continues to be the home of the event, and it boasts a
course uniquely designed for this particular property. Ricky Carmichael is the Monster Energy five-time Supercross champ and
was commissioned by event organizers to custom design a track like no other. Aside from the unique element of the split start,
the course also features the Joker Lane and a 33-degree bank built into the stands that literally ramps up the velocity and
the excitement of each race. Every rider must take the Joker Lane one time per race, which establishes another dimension of
strategy and variables that can affect each race's outcomes in unpredictable ways.
Each event in the cup
can include up to 22 riders, and each race requires riders to complete a total of 10 laps. The Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas
used to be called the Silver Bowl, and the 2013 winner of the Monster Energy Cup Main Event was James Stewart.
The festivities begin mid-day with Pit Party events kicking things off. These consist of exhibitions,
street bike stunts and the Vaugn Gittin Drift. Your Monster Energy Cup tickets gain you free entrance into the Pit Party where
you can meet your favorite competitor, ask for autographs and mingle with friends. Concessions, which are available all day,
consist of standard arena fare such as burgers, dogs, chicken fingers, sodas and churros. The popularity of the event requires
that you get there early to enjoy all the extras and not to be in a hurry to go blazing out of there. All the speed happens
inside the arena while the parking lot can be, well, a bit of a beast.