Feld Motor SportsÂ® announced today that Josh Grant, of Corona, Calif., will make his Monster Energy Cup debut at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20 aboard his Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki.
Injures forced Grant to back out from last year’s Monster Energy Cup and nearly half of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season, but he’s back in healthy standings. At this year’s stop in New Orleans, he finished a season-best second place.
“When $1 Million is up for grabs, it definitely changes things up a bit,” said Grant. “You certainly don’t want to play it safe. With so much on the table, you need to lay it all on the line or else somebody hungrier for the purse is going to take it.”
In 2009, Grant won the opening race of the season and finished fourth overall. Unfortunately, injuries played a major role in the subsequent years of Grant’s career and forced him to watch the entire 2010 and all but one race of the 2011 season from the sidelines.
“The overall concept of the Monster Energy Cup is awesome,” added Grant. “It looked fun and the idea to add a few different elements to the format was on point. It was also exciting to have nearly all technical restrictions eliminated. This allowed many of the teams to get extra creative with bike setups.”
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.