Ken Roczen Ready to Race Monster Energy Cup 2012
Feld Motor Sports announced today that Red Bull/KTM’s Ken Roczen, of Murrieta, Calif., will make his debut at the second-annual Monster Energy Cup held in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20. (The Monster Energy Cup is an event held on a unique hybrid supercross / motocross track.)
Roczen, the current MX 2 World Motocross Champion, came to the U.S. from Germany in 2011. He capped off his second Supercross Lites Class Championship earlier this year by finishing second overall in the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Championship. He earned one Main Event win, and an additional five podium finishes. He finished second in the Dave Coombs Sr., East/West Shootout.
Last year marked Roczen’s American debut, where he earned one race win and two additional podium finishes en route to finishing sixth overall. Prior to coming to America, Roczen made a name for himself on the world stage, winning the 2011 FIM World Championship in the MX2 Class.
“The Monster Energy Cup last year looked cool,” said Roczen “First of all, the track is something different; you have a supercross part mixed together with an outdoor part. Overall, a lot of good riders were there, too; I think it is a really good concept. I think it is good that you can bring whatever bike you want; some people go faster on a 250cc, some people like more power (of the) 450cc … it is something different.”
The 2012 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. 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.