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The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) hosts the AMA Supercross Championship event and the Monster Energy Cup is the coveted prize. Held annually at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Monster Energy Cup brings forth the world’s top Supercross riders in a battle to win the $1 million cash prize. Funded and promoted by Monster Energy, the event focuses on a unique and difficult track inspired by five-time Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael.
To win the $1 million and the Monster Energy Cup prize, a rider must win three 10-lap main events, featuring 450SX riders and 250SX riders. This not only pushes them to their absolute limits but slowly narrows down the best of the best of Supercross riders. To make things more exhilarating, the track itself can be hard-packed, soft, muddy, sandy, etc., and features obstacles such as triple jumps, irregular jumps, multiple bumps and banked berms.
AMA Supercross history
The first AMA Supercross race was in 1948 on an artificial track; however, it wasn’t until the ‘60s that Motocross became popular in the US. The original Super Bowl of Motocross spawned Supercross, which eventually led to a surge in promotions, championships, success and broader audiences through the use of television. Years later, Supercross would outshine and outperform Motocross to become the leader in motorcycle racing. Continually growing in popularity throughout the 21st century, Supercross races are one of the most popular forms of motorcycle racing – right behind NASCAR. There are three Supercross Championships held each year, which includes the 450cc race (20 laps) and an East and West division on the 250cc (15 laps).
Monster Energy Cup noteworthy riders
The rider who inspired the Monster Energy Cup track, Ricky Carmichael, is known as the “GOAT,” which stands for Greatest of All Time. Unrivaled in his career, Carmichael’s riding is fast, erratic and inconsistent, which lends to his credibility as an exciting and fan-favorite rider. Inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2015, he has competed in Supercross, Motocross and NASCAR.
Another fan favorite, Jeremy McGrath, is one of the most popular in Supercross history. He earned the title “King of Supercross” thanks to his daring tricks, brave jumps and freestyle movements. McGrath is one of the first rookies to win the AMA 250cc Supercross race; he helped establish freestyle motorsports. Next to Ricky Carmichael, McGrath holds the second-best record for combined AMA Supercross career wins.
The 2015 Supercross champion Ryan Dungey is one of the only motocross athletes who turned pro directly from amateur racing. Crowned the champion of the world-renowned Motocross des Nations three times, he is one of the best Supercross racers of all time.
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