Monster Energy Cup: 8 Reasons Supercross Rocks
As a proud sponsor of the Monster Energy Cup, which airs LIVE from Las Vegas on Fox Sports 2 on Saturday, October 19, we’re sharing a few awesome Supercross facts with Pelican fans about this event and the extreme sport in general.
1. The first Supercross event was held in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972 and was marketed as the “Super Bowl of Motocross.”
2. Supercross is considered an “Americanized” version of motocross, which was popularized in Europe in the 1950’s and 60’s, and is also considered more difficult and generally riskier than motocross.
3. Supercross events are held almost exclusively in large stadiums, where artificial dirt is used to build a course that often includes large, challenging jumps and sweeping turns.
4. The grand prize of this year’s Monster Energy Cup is $1 million.
From the @MonsterEnergyCup Instagram
5. Five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael designed the 2013 Monster Energy Cup track layout.
6. Carmichael’s design for this year’s Monster Energy Cup track includes two banked ‘sweeper’ turns, triple 100’ jumps, and a joker lane. Check it out here:
7. The Monster Energy Cup main event will last 10 laps.
8. Defending AMA Supercross series champ, Ryan Villopoto, and defending Monster Energy Cup champ, Justin Barcia, will both compete in this year’s Monster Energy Cup.
From @RyanVillopoto’s Instagram
Pelican ProGear—makers of protective laptop and tablet cases and rugged backpacks, and among other product offerings—is proud to sponsor this year’s Monster Energy Cup, and hope you’ll tune in on October 19 to experience the adrenaline-fueled action for yourself!
What Supercross fact do you find most awesome? Please share in the comments below!