World's Top Super-Mini Class Riders to Race at Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas
AURORA, Ill. (May 23, 2012) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that 22 of the world's top 12-15 year-old Super-Mini Class racers will compete at the 2012 Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20. As the defending Super-Mini Class Champion, Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo, of Port Orange, Fla., will automatically receive one of the 22 starting positions.
The 22 promoter's-choice riders will represent the next generation of racers as they compete on the world's biggest stage with 3.5 hours of live television coverage. Consisting of two, five-lap Main Events, the Super-Mini Class is a proving ground for aspiring amateurs to showcase their talent on a world-class stage.
"The Monster Energy Cup provides some of the top amateur riders a great opportunity to race on a big league stage," said Ryan Holiday, motocross supervisor, Team Green Kawasaki. "The experience is great and it's now an event that our team looks forward to each year. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green was very fortunate to win both classes last year with Justin Hill and Adam Cianciarulo, so we will be looking to do the same this year."
During last year's Super-Mini Class Main Event, Cianciarulo swept both races en route to becoming the inaugural Monster Energy Cup's Super-Mini Champion. Cianciarulo opened the first Super-Mini race with the holeshot and extended his lead with every lap. KTM's Cooper Webb, of Newport, N.C., moved into second place on lap three after passing Kawasaki's Blake Green, of Corona, Calif. Webb held on for second and Green finished third.
Cianciarulo started the second Super-Mini Main Event the same way he did the first one, leading wire-to-wire to earn the overall win. Webb worked his way through the field and into second place, where he would finish. Green finished third.
"It was an awesome race," said Cianciarulo from the stage last year. "I got a good start, and tried to hold it. I had to make sure not to leave the inside open and not make any mistakes out there. I never thought I would win, especially on a track designed by the two guys that got me here."
The remaining 21 promoter's-choice riders will be announced shortly.
2011 Super-Mini Class Results
1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (2-2)
3. Blake Green, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki (3-3)
4. Bradford Young, Delray Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (5- 4)
5. Mark Worth, Queen Creek, Ariz., Kawasaki (6-6)
6. Ashton Hayes, Rockford, Mich., Suzuki (7-8)
7. Justin Hoeft, Castaic, Calif., Suzuki (12-7)
8. Shelby Peterson, Fort Worth, Texas, Kawasaki (10-10)
9. Chase Marquier, Newcastle, Okla., Suzuki (9-12)
10. Andrew Pierce, Huffman, Texas, Kawasaki (4-18)
The 2012 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. More than 200' of the track will be built into the grandstands, and the riders exit the stadium and race through the Monster Energy Fan Zone outside of the stadium and through the pit area before they catapult back into the stadium. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.
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Tickets for the 2012 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com, or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.
About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz®, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.