Kawasaki Team Green’s Thomas Covington Returns to Race the Monster Energy Cup
AURORA, Ill. (June 15, 2012) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Thomas Covington, of Murrieta, Calif., will race the Amateur All-Star Class 2012 Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20 for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green team.
Covington, 16, finished sixth overall at last year’s Monster Energy Cup, scoring 8-5 finishes in the two Main Event format. Covington is one of 22 top amateur riders at this year’s event that 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 Amateur All-Star Class features the graduating class of top amateurs that will turn professional the following season.
“The Monster Energy Cup is one of my favorite races of the year,” said Covington. “Getting to ride supercross and get my feet wet before I turn pro is an awesome opportunity. Before the Monster Energy Cup, we will start riding a little supercross at the Kawasaki test track. I am looking forward to it this year.”
Covington began riding at age four and scored his first AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s in 2003 and subsequently added three additional titles to his resume. Along the way, he became friends with 15-time AMA National Champion Ricky Carmichael, who will be designing this year’s Monster Energy Cup track.
“It’s cool that Ricky [Carmichael] is designing the track,” said Covington. “I know it will be a good track.”
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.