2014 Monster Energy Cup TrackMonster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael knows the challenges of motocross and supercross. It is that knowledge that inspired the design of the track to be built at Las Vegas’s Sam Boyd Stadium for the Monster Energy Cup to be held on Saturday, October 18, featuring the World’s top riders.Feld Motor Sports unveiled the track design Tuesday, which melds the best competitive technical elements of both motocross and supercross; the layout will require more than 10,000 cubic yards of earth to construct.
The track will amp up the traditional track elements of motocross and supercross to take the competition to a higher level.For example, it will have the longest start straight in supercross history, at 200 yards in length, which will demand hole-shot speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour. The starting straight will also be inclined toward the point where they split and enter the 180 degree bowl turns.“This year’s track design is unlike anything I have ever seen in my career,” said Carmichael. “It’s definitely going to be exciting and challenging for everyone. We started with a great foundation and have an epic final product.”“Just when you think the Monster Energy Cup track design couldn’t get any more interesting, [Ricky] Carmichael finds a way to make it even more challenging,” said Ryan Dungey. “The track requires the perfect blend of persistence and aggressiveness. Bike setup is also key on this track. And you can’t forget about the Joker Lane, which can be your worst enemy, especially if you forget to go through it.”There will also be a massive sand roller section, a technical rhythm lane and a longer than normal joker lane. A stunning feature of the track will be the AMSOIL Arch, which is a 150’ sweeper turn so massive that it extends into the grandstands!“It will be cool to see these guys take the AMSOIL Arch and then come down into massive sand rollers,” added Carmichael. “These sections require a lot of technical maneuvering, so the racers definitely need to be prepared both mentally and physically.”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. Last year, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart took the win.For more information, visit Monster Energy Cup.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!