MX Crossover Series Opens at Hangtown

Pro snowboarders, skiers, skateboarders, surfers, BMX racers and freestylers headline next Friday’s (May 18th) motocross race event at Prairie City (Calif.) SVRA
CORONA, Calif., (May 14, 2007) –  Monster Energy, known throughout the action sports community for its involvement with all forms of adrenaline pumping sports at all levels, is bringing together an entire MX starting gate of some of the world’s foremost action sport athletes who all share a common passion – the sport of motocross.

photo: Carl Stone

This year Monster Energy, along with several other motocross industry (Dunlop, Throttle Jockey & Spy) and action sports industry sponsors (Sessions & Graphics Lab), in cooperation with the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club, will host the sixth annual Monster Energy MX Crossover Series @ Hangtown, featuring the Java Monster Media Throw Down!
“NorCal and the Truckee/Tahoe area is a hotbed for action sports talent, particularly pro snowboarders and skiers, and quite a few of these guys also own dirt bikes,” said John Lee, Action Sports Marketing Director for Monster Beverage Company. “So with the help of the Dirt Diggers we’re putting on a special race on Friday for these guys, along with other core action sports athletes from all over the west coast that ride motocross. Should be a real good time for both the athletes and fans in attendance.”
Heading up the list of “crossover” racers will be Truckee’s own Aaron “AV” Vincent. A former member of the legendary H-Street skateboard team, AV made the transition to pro snowboarding back in the day and at one time had a hot-selling signature Sims pro model snowboard. Also lining up in the full gate will be a wide array of talent from the action sports community including last year’s Hangtown crossover podium of snowboarder Ian Price (1st), BMXer Aaron Cooke (2nd) and skier Gunnar Newquist (3rd).
“We always enjoy having these guys out to help kick off the opening round of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship,” said John Konkle of the Dirt Diggers. “The Monster Energy MX Crossover Series athletes do a great job as ambassadors to the sport of motocross, always portraying our sport in a positive light wherever they may be - on a mountain, BMX track, surf line up, skateboard halfpipe – you name it. Hangtown and the Dirt Diggers look forward to showcasing these high-level athletes on our track next Friday.”
The list of invited athletes for the May 18th Monster Energy MX Crossover Series opener at Hangtown include:
Athlete                                                             Sport
1.) Salman Agah                                              Skateboarder
2.) Aaron “AV” Vincent                                  Snowboarder
3.) Trace Schroeder                                          Tele Skier
4.) Aaron Cooke                                              BMX
5.) Gunnar Newquist                                       Skier
6.) Matt Goodwill                                            Snowboarder
7.) Paul Thacker                                               Snowmobiler
8.) Jon Dadak                                                   Skier
9.) Jay Grube                                                    Kayaker
10.) Dwayne Taylor                                         BMX
11.) Erroll Kerr                                                 Skier
12.) K.C. Deane                                               Skier
13.) Ryan McDonald                                       Snowboarder
14.) Cooper Hall                                              Skier
15.) Noah Salasnek                                          Snowboarder
16.) Mike Tichy                                                Skier
17.) Jim Moran                                                 Snowboarder
18.) Igor Reoutt                                               Wakeboarder
19.) Stanley Hayer                                           Skier
20.) Chris Roach                                              Snowboarder
21.) Monty Roach                                            Snowboarder
22.) Brian Noe                                                 Surfer
23.) Keith Hutchins                                         Snowmobiler
22.) Jim Rippey                                                Snowboarder
25.) Ryan Capes                                               FMX
26.) Trevor Riccoli                                           Skier
27.) Buster Akrey                                            Musician
28.) Steve Caballero                                         Skateboarder
29.) Jordan Burns                                             Musician
30.) Joey Garcia                                               BMX
31.) Daron Rahlves                                          Skier
32.) Jimmy Garcia                                            BMX
33.) Sam Hill                                                    MTB
34.) Ian Price                                                    Snowboarder
35.) Chad Shetler                                             Skateboarder
36.) Wade Speyer                                            Skateboarder
In addition to the action sports athletes that will be racing Friday (May 18) at Hangtown, Monster Energy is also promoting it’s new supercharged premium coffee & cream through the inaugural Java Monster Media Throw Down, featuring many of your favorite editorial staff member from the industry’s top magazines and web sites. The Monster Energy VIP rig located in the pro pits will also host and autograph session with all the participating athletes signing special editions 2007 Monster Energy MX Crossover Series posters – free of charge!
Monster Energy supports the sport. Be it MX, supermoto, off-road, FMX, skate, MTB, off-road, surf, snow, BMX – name it – the athletes are rockin’ Monster Energy more than anything these days. Check out all the types – Original Monster Energy, Monster Lo-Carb, Monster Assault, Monster Khaos, the new Monster/fruit juice hybrid called “M-80” and the ground-breaking Java Monster premium coffee & cream supercharged with our Monster Energy blend. All the guys racing the 2007 Monster Energy MX Crossover Series featuring the Java Monster Media Throw Down are diggin’ ‘em – so will you. On the ‘Net at