Carmichael & Villopoto Take Round One Of Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown Of MXThursday, June 1, 2006 | 2:21 PM
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Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael won the $25,000 last year. Can he
repeat for $30,000 this year? Also, Villopoto has a shot a $10,000
CARLSBAD, Calif., (June 1, 2006) – The first round is in the books for the 2nd annual Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross – a $72,000 winner(s)-take-all bonus program, part of the AMA MX Nationals. And aligning themselves with the generous cash prizes if they can sweep all three Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown rounds (High Point, RedBud & Steel City) were a couple of racers already running the iconic glowing green clawed “M” logo – Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Villopoto.
Should they be able to sweep the next two rounds of the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross, Carmichael would capture an additional $30,000 for winning the premier Motocross class, while Villopoto would become $10,000 richer for winning the Lites class. As it stands following High Point both racers were $4,500 richer after receiving the $1,500 for the top pro in each class, along with a custom Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KLX 110 mini cycle (valued at $3,000).
“We were excited with the buzz at High Point over the Monster Energy/ Kawasaki Triple Crown,” said Scott Sepkovic of Crown Athlete Management Group. “People all week were stopping by the Monster Energy trailer, sampling the product and talking about how great it was to have Monster Energy aboard with motocross. So the word on the street with the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross is definitely getting out there and we’re looking forward to picking right back up in a month here at RedBud.”
Monster Energy and Kawasaki also rewarded the top privateers in each class at High Point with a check for $1,000. In the Motocross class is was David Vuillemin, while in the Lites class Danny Smith took top privateer honors.
In addition to the sizable bonus opportunity – which this year includes $1,500 to the top pros in each class, $1,000 to the top privateers, Monster Energy & Kawasaki – in cooperation with Pro Circuit – awards the top pro placer in both Motocross and Lites classes a custom Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KLX 110 mini cycle (valued at $3,000). That’s six custom Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki mini bikes and $21,000 in cash!
Monster Energy, the multiple-year sponsor of the Kawasaki/Pro Circuit team, has been involved in the great sport of motocross for several years now. Synonymous with the action sport movement, the Monster Energy glowing green “Clawed M” logo can be seen nationally from one end of the action sports spectrum to the other.
The dates for the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross are:
.May 28th – High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pa. (Winners: Motocross class – Ricky Carmichael; Lites class – Ryan Villopoto)
.July 2nd – RedBud Track ‘n Trail, Buchanan, Mich.
.Sept. 3rd – Steel City Raceway, Delmont, Pa.
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