Defending Super-Mini Champion Adam Cianciarulo will race the hybrid SX / MX 2012 Monster Energy Cup
Feld Motor SportsÃ‚Â announced today that defending Super-Mini Champion Adam Cianciarulo, of Port Orange, Fla., will compete in this year’s Monster Energy Cup, a unique hybrid supercross / motocross at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20.
As of press time, Cianciarulo, could not confirm whether he will defend his Super-Mini title or make the sequential move to the 250F motorcycle and race the Amateur All-Star Class. One way or another, Cianciarulo will be one of the 22 top amateur riders that will represent the next generation of racers as they compete on the world’s biggest stage with 3.5 hours of live television coverage. Consisting of two, five-lap Main Events, the Super-Mini Class is a proving ground for aspiring amateurs to showcase their talent on a world-class stage.
“I am not sure what my plans are for this year yet,” said Cianciarulo. “I will either be on a KX 250F or a Super Mini. I just started riding the Kawasaki KX250F … I am really comfortable on the 250 already. Either way it’s going to be fun, and I will be there.”
During last year’s Super-Mini Class Main Event, Cianciarulo swept both races en route to becoming the inaugural Monster Energy Cup’s Super-Mini Champion. Cianciarulo opened the first Super-Mini race with the holeshot and extended his lead with every lap. KTM’s Cooper Webb, of Newport, N.C., moved into second place on lap three after passing Kawasaki’s Blake Green, of Corona, Calif. Webb held on for second and Green finished third.
Cianciarulo started the second Super-Mini Main Event the same way he did the first one, leading wire-to-wire to earn the overall win. Webb worked his way through the field and into second place, where he would finish. Green finished third.
“The event was really cool last year,” said Cianciarulo. “Nobody really knew what to expect. Most people in my category don’t get to ride supercross that much; I was able to go to the Kawasaki test track and ride with those guys – that in itself was fun.”
The 2012 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael (“RC” has also won ten AMA National Motocross Championships). The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. More than 200′ of the track will be built into the grandstands, and the riders exit the stadium and race through the Monster Energy Fan Zone outside of the stadium and through the pit area before they catapult back into the stadium. 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.
Adam at the 2011 Monster Energy Cup, Las Vegas