2007 AMA East Lites Supercross Champion and 2004 MX2 World Motocross Champion Ben Townley to Race Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas
The inaugural Monster Energy Cup – a first of it’s kind motorcycle race combing Supercross and Motocross on one track debuts on October 15, 2011 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
Below is more info courtesy of Feld Motor Sports about this upcoming event and Ben Townley’s participation:
Prior to joining the East Regional Supercross Lites class in 2007, Ben Townley captured 12 national titles in New Zealand and 13 World Motocross Championship Grand Prix wins. Townley capped off his Lites class rookie season with three wins and two more podium finishes, and was crowned the class champion. Following setbacks with injuries in the pursuing seasons, Townley is back in action ready to take a shot at the Monster Million.
Ben Townley says, “I’m really excited to race at a higher level in the states again. Ironically, the last time I raced supercross was at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2007, so it’s been a while. The atmosphere racing in a stadium is exciting and I’m looking forward to doing it again. I’m excited to see what former Supercross and Motocross Champions Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath have in store for us. The hybrid track factor and general concept of this race is really interesting to me. I feel if there is a good balance between motocross and supercross, it will make for some really interesting racing.”
The hybrid track, which will blend elements from both supercross and MX, has many riders eager to see the final product. The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/MX terrain and will have a tremendous motocross style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track should be the perfect blend of supercross and MX 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.