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The Monster Energy Press Conference – Las Vegas 2012

First, it was announced that the KJSC (KTM Junior Supercross Challenge) will return to selected Supercross race in 2013. But on to even more! Who was there at the press conference? Besides a huge gathering of media, the event was hosted by multi-time champion Jeff Emig. And the riders on hand? Adam Cianciarulo, Ryan Dungey, Justin Brayton, Justin Barcia, Chad Reed, and Ryan Villopoto.

Adam Cianciarulo spoke first – who turns 16 years old today, is incredibly well spoken, fun, and funny. He said he’s comfortable with (the Monster Energy Girls) women these days, but a bit intimidated by lining up next to Dungey, Brayton, Barcia, Reed, and Villopoto.

Justin Brayton spoke next – he’s back with Joe Gibbs Racing MX Yamaha (check out the look of his number 10 bike in the photo).

Justin Barcia was next to speak – it’s going to be his first 450 ‘Supercross’ racing for Muscle Milk Honda.

Chad Reed was next – he’s just happy to be back (from an injury earlier in the year that has kept him out of racing for quite a while). He also told everyone on hand he has been spending a great deal of time driving and racing ‘four wheels’.

Ryan Dungey spoke next. He said he’s certainly much more comfortable, having spent a year on his KTM, than he was last year, when he finished second at this race. When asked about his teammates (Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen), Ryan smiled and said that after the Motocross of Nations, they’ve been doing some things in Europe.

And the final speaker – Ryan Villopoto – last year’s MEC winner, and recipient of 1 million dollars (see what one million dollars looks like!)

That’s one million dollars

Villopoto said his knee (he’s returning to racing after injuring his knee earlier in the season) is 100%. And that he’s surprised on how and what medical processes can do these days to get you (him) back to what you do.

Next, the riders rode a few laps on the track (including track designer and 15 time AMA Supercross / Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael) which is very different and unique from other man-made tracks. This one has a giant, sweeping turn (see photo), and no whoops.

Here are the photos!

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The press conference Friday night at Sam Boyd Stadium

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