Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Monster Energy Cup: Live on SPEED TV

Monster Energy Cup: Live on SPEED TV

2011 Monster Energy Cup

A possibility for a million-dollar purse.

A track designed by Supercross stars Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael, the longest indoor motocross circuit ever built.

Race action by this year’s AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), Chad Reed (Honda), James Stewart (Yamaha), Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) and Trey Canard (Honda), all who won races in the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship, among others.

And the hosting grounds, Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

That’s just a bit of what will go down this Saturday at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup. The action will be intense, and SPEED TV will provide live coverage of the MEC at 10 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, Oct. 15.

The live programming will be for 3.5 hours, featuring host Ralph Sheheen, a 23-year veteran motorsports broadcaster, and color analyst Jeff Emig, a three-time AMA Champion, along with special guest Ricky Carmichael as pit reporter and Erin Bates, life-long motorcycle enthusiast, for a behind-the-scenes look, Feld Motor Sports says.

But that’s not it…starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, SPEED will broadcast a one-hour special titled "2011 Supercross – The Greatest Season Ever."

Dave Prater (Director of Supercross, Feld Motor Sports) says: "There’s no better way to kick off the inaugural Monster Energy Cup than providing the fans at home 3.5 hours of live television coverage.

"With the help of a live broadcast on SPEED, fans who aren’t able to make it to Vegas for this historical race will have the chance to witness the world’s best riders lay it all on the line for the Monster Million at the convenience of their own home."

Hunter Nickell (SPEED President) says: "Anytime someone starts talking about the possibility of winning $1 million, hearts beat faster, adrenaline starts flowing… you can bet someone will find a way to do more than they ever thought they could.

"We expect all this and more from riders at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup on SPEED. This kind of event turns an already exciting experience into a ‘Did you see that?!’ opportunity."

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, awarding the winner a $100,000 check, and for the "first time ever," $1 Million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.

And if you’re going there, tickets are still available; tickets for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at,, 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.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Indian Challenger Lineup First Look: Photos, Prices, and Colors

The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the...

2021 GasGas Motocross Lineup First Look (Specs and Photos)

When under Spanish ownership, GasGas was never known as a motocross brand. However, under the guidance of Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto—the owners...

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...