2011 AMA Supercross: Record Numbers
The final chapter in the greatest Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season ever was written at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium as Ryan Villopoto was awarded the sport’s biggest prize, the Supercross class championship.
The success that Villopoto and his Monster Energy Kawasaki Supercross team achieved is synonymous with the overall success of the 2011 Monster Energy Championship.
Todd Jendro (Senior Director of Two Wheel Operations, Feld Motor Sports) says: "Across the board, we enjoyed huge success this year. We expect to build on the greatest season ever as we prepare for the highly anticipated 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season."
Overall live-event attendance was up 5% from 2010, bringing the yearly total to 775,000 fans. More than 300,000 fans attended the pre-race pit parties with 135,000 fans taking advantage of the Monster Energy Pit Pass recycling program, driving pit party attendance up 32 percent.
Bruce Stjernstrom (Monster Energy Vice President of Sports Marketing) says: "The enthusiasm of Monster Energy Supercross fans really hits home for us. Our pit activation lets us interact with our customers and the Monster Energy can recycling program supports our local retailers. To top it off, Monster Energy riders Ryan Villopoto and Broc Tickle won two of the three championships!"
Complementing the live-event attendance was the 24-percent increase in television rating on SPEED. This year SPEED added an additional two live broadcasts, bringing the total to eight live races. In addition to the 25 hours of live television, SPEED provided more than 90 hours of programming. CBS Sports provided nine hours of network coverage that yielded a 21-percent increase in ratings this season.
Internationally, Monster Energy Supercross was broadcast in 181 countries. Highlighting the international interest was a 66-percent increase in Australia, home of former two-time Supercross class champion Chad Reed, during Q1, besting NFL Playoff coverage.