With a chance to win $1 Million, the Monster Energy Cup’s track design will be a hybrid between motocross and supercross that will be inspired by McGrath and Carmichael’s expertise. The two legends will begin developing their respective designs before making the trip to Feld Motor Sports’ headquarters to finalize the design.
McGrath earned seven Supercross class championships and 72 main event wins during his career.
“In my eyes, being creative is the key to creating this track,” said McGrath. “We see a lot of tracks, and I really want to make this something unique for the Monster Energy Cup. Not to mention that I am proud to be a Monster Energy-sponsored athlete and to be involved in this is right up my alley.”
Carmichael has a record 15 AMA National Championships, including five 450cc championships.
“When I heard about the $1 Million pursue and the race format – with three, 10-lap motos – my wheels started spinning, and I even thought about racing it,” said Carmichael. “The three stage format is going to open the door for a few surprises and with such a large pursue, there will definitely be some good battles out there. I cannot wait for this race – I wish it was tomorrow.”
After many years of doing battle on the track, McGrath and Carmichael will team up to challenge the world’s greatest riders.
“I have a ton of respect for RC (Ricky Carmichael), and I consider him a friend of mine,” said McGrath. “I have known him since he was very young and I believe together we can definitely challenge the current crop of riders. It will put us to the test but I think we can do it for sure.”
“To be able to sit down with someone like Jeremy and create a race track is going to be fun because we’ve spent so many years racing one another,” added Carmichael. “We have different styles, so this track is going to be very unique.”
“Our idea was to commission the greatest riders in the two disciplines, supercross and motocross, and design a track that is symbolic of the years of experience between these two legends,” said Todd Jendro, senior director of two-wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports.
An announcement will be made when McGrath and Carmichael make the trek to Feld Motor Sports’ headquarters and the meeting will be recapped in a series of video blogs.
Tickets for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, the Galleria at Sunset, all Stations and Fiesta Casinos, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.supercrossonline.com or by phone at (866) 8-FINALS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.
TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Dade City, Fla., will compete at this year’s inaugural Monster Energy Cup race at Sam Boyd Stadium.
After wrapping up his ninth season, Reed, a two-time Supercross class champion, has earned 120 top-five finishes, and sits third on the all-time Supercross class wins list with 40.
When asked about the $1 million purse on the line, Reed says, “Anytime you get told there is a new race that potentially has a $1 million purse on the line, it’s a good thing. I’m excited; I think it will be fun to go to Las Vegas in October and try to win that million dollar race.”
Following an impressive runner-up finish for the 2011 supercross season, Reed won two races and earned 10 additional podium finishes, which carried him to top of the Supercross class all-time podium finishes list with 114.
Reed ended the supercross season with a win at Sam Boyd Stadium. Hard work and focus are the key ingredients to success as the TwoTwo Motorsports founder sees it.
“Working hard is difficult, and I think that when you’re having a good time working hard, that speaks volumes for the atmosphere that you are creating for yourself and that’s what we’ve done at TwoTwo Motorsports,” said Reed. “The bike has been really good and American Honda stepped up and gave me a factory bike now. Overall, I have a great package and a bunch of good people around me that are looking to have fun and win this $1 million prize.”
The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/motocross terrain and will have a tremendous motocross-style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross combined and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and for the “first time ever” $1 Million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.
Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, will also race at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup.
Since turning pro in 2000, Short has competed in 10 supercross seasons. Short made his entrance into the Supercross Lites class in 2001. Two years later, he began competing on a select-schedule basis in the Supercross class while still competing in the Lites class. Throughout Short’s career in the Lites and Supercross classes, he has earned two race wins, 16 podium finishes, 20 top-10 finishes, and 12 top-five finishes.
During the 2011 supercross season, Short finished sixth overall, with 16 top-10 finishes and only one finish outside of the top-10. Short’s best finish of fourth place came at Daytona and Salt Lake City.
The track, which will be a combination of motocross and supercross terrain, is guaranteed to post challenges for teams when the time comes to adjust the bike’s setup.
“It’s going to be tough situation,” said Short. “I would rather go on the stiffer side than softer with my setup so I am prepared for all the jumps and have more overall control. Each rider will definitely have to adapt as the day goes on; it should be interesting.”
Short’s banking on his experience in both classes to bring home $1 Million. With his persistent training and racing schedule this summer, he should have no problem keeping up with the younger talent.
“I just go to the race to have fun and focus on that,” explains Short. “I find every time you focus on money your head ends up in the wrong spot and it normally doesn’t end well. I really just want to have fun at this race and focus on what I love to do which is ride my motorcycle.”