Monea’s Front-Flip Worth $40K at MX Cup

2011 Monster Energy Cup

Although all the hype at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup in Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Saturday night centered around Ryan Villopoto grabbing $1 Million, there was also another huge prize given out in a side event – the Best Trick Competition.

During the Best Trick Competition, several Freestyle Motocross riders competed in a one-run try for a $40K prize.

After landing his patented "Carry-On" front-flip 360, Monster athlete Mark Monea left Vegas a happy freestyler. The $40K is surely a great bonus for the Australian whose primary income arrives as a motorcycle mechanic.

Besides the $40,000, Monea also earned the unique Dirt Shark trophy. Monster Energy says "it was a huge moment for Monea, who missed out on landing the "Carry-On" just a few months earlier at the X Games."

Another rider that pleased the crowds at the Monster Energy Cup’s Best Trick Competition was Kyle Loza’s "Scarecrow," which features him flipping the bike with one-arm while in the air. Unfortunately, Loza was unable to land the trick in the pressure-packed event.

Monster Energy says: "The hyped-up Best Trick presented by Dirt Shark competition delivered in both innovation and style, and kept the Sam Boyd crowd on its feat throughout the evening."