2012 Monster Energy Cup
The track design is completed for the second annual Monster Energy Cup slated for Oct. 20 in Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.And just like last year, 15-time AMA National Champion Ricky Carmichael inspired the layout, which will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles “unlike any other racetrack design in the world.”Ricky Carmichael
says: “We added all kinds of unique ideas to this year’s track, and I am excited to see how the racing unfolds this year. The most controversial part of this year’s track is – without a doubt – the joker lane. It’s never been used in competition, and this is going to require a lot of strategy.”Feld Motor Sports says: “This year’s all new track design will feature a 200’ banked sweeping turn that will be built up into the stands, a split start consisting of two 11 rider starting gates separated 220’ apart from each other before they converge at the apex of the 300’ start straight inside the stadium and for the first time ever, a joker lane, will be used. The joker lane will consist of deep sand and take the riders out of the track circuit for approximately six seconds before reentering the track. Every rider will be required to use the joker lane one time during each of the three Main Events.”There’s a $250,000 purse for each race, with the winner walking with a $100,000 check. And like Kawasaki Racing’s Ryan Villopoto last season, if someone wins all three main events that rider will take home $1 million.Attached above is a video highlighting the 2012 Monster Energy Cup’s track layout.