CORONA, Calif., (June 28, 2007) – Monster Energy and Kawasaki’s popular “Triple Crown of Motocross” is about to launch its second event of the summer motocross season this weekend with Sunday’s (July 1st) running of the Monster Energy Kawasaki RedBud National Motocross, presented by Concept Haulers – round five of the 2007 Toyota AMA Motocross Championship.
At the Monster/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross’ first installment – High Point – Monster Energy-backed Ricky Carmichael and Factory Connection/Honda’s Josh Grant came out victorious and are each eligible for $25,000 in bonus money if they should win RedBud this weekend, then reign victorious again at Steel City, Pa. (Aug. 26th).
“Ricky’s for sure the odds-on favorite to win RedBud in what’s supposed to be his last race of the season,” said Monster spokesman Scott Sepkovic. “Josh Grant’s going to have his work cut out for him with the Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki guys – Ryan Villopoto and Ben Townley – gunning for the title, along with Jason Lawrence (Yamaha of Troy) and Ryan Dungey. It’s anybody’s guess as to who’s going to win the Lites class this weekend.”
Up from a then record $72,000 total purse payout in 2006 – with Monster Energy’s own Ricky Carmichael winning the King’s share of that ($30,000) for sweeping High Point, RedBud and Steel City, as he did in 2005 as well - the generous $100,000 Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross purse is, by far, motocross’ richest three race promotion series in the history of the sport.
“I’m definitely looking forward to racing RedBud one last time,” said Carmichael of this weekend’s event. “Last year we got to do a parade lap in the Monster/Pflueger Racing Trophy Truck, which was pretty cool. This year I’m sure I’ll be out there again for a lap to say goodbye to all the Michigan motocross fans. RedBud’s definitely been a great place to race over the years.”
Given the fact that Carmichael’s swept the first two Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross series events (2005 & ’06), officials at Monster – with fairness to all the riders in mind – have instituted the “Monster/Kawi Carmichael Rule.” With that the bonus money for the sweep for factory riders has been elevated to a whopping $50,000, then split in half with the AMA Motocross class eligible for $25,000 and the AMA Motocross Lites class eligible for $25,000. Monster Energy and Kawasaki have also upped the ante to $6,000 ($3,00 per class) per event for the winners. Note: In the event there’s no sweep, the top points winner will be awarded $10,000 for the Motocross class and $5,000 for the Motocross Lites class – based off the AMA points for the three rounds.
And, speaking of the Monster Energy/Pflueger Racing Trophy Truck, RedBud will again play host to Baja’s most popular racing truck this weekend as driver Alan Pflueger’s truck is being shipped out to help Monster commemorate Carmichael’s last AMA motocross race of the summer – and quite possibly his career.
“Get the bulldozers ready, RedBud, because we’re looking forward to showing off what our Baja-built Monster Trophy Truck can do to a motocross track,” said Monster Energy’s Terri Sacks. “The fans got a big kick out of the truck last year, although it did tear up the track a bit (laughter). All I know is that the fans and RC were into it! So make sure you stop by the Monster Energy Pflueger Racing Rig and check out the bad ass 800-horsepower Trophy Truck, pick up some posters and grab an ice cold Monster Energy Drink!”
Privateers running RedBud also stand to benefit in that Monster Energy has also increased its Triple Crown of Motocross purse potential for privateers to a sizeable $12,000 for a three-race sweep and $5,000 total bonus money per race for both classes. This gives privateers the opportunity to shoot for the largest three race potential bonus purse in sport’s history, along with the bragging rights of being “Top Privateer” in the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross. Note: David Vuillemin and Bobby Kiniry were the top privateer finishers at High Point, earning them each $2,000 in Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown bonus money and making them eligible for the $5,000 each paid out at Steel City should they be able to sweep.
In addition, to pump up the crowd even more, Monster Energy and Kawasaki will be giving away three Pro Circuit-tuned Kawasaki KLX110 pit bike to three lucky fans – totaling $10,000. Fans can enter to win at the Monster Energy motor coach on Saturday and Sunday. With all that Monster & Kawasaki can’t print money fast enough to help promote and support the AMA MX Nationals!
“The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown an unprecedented promotion in the history of motocross,” said Scott Sepkovic, spokesman for Monster Energy and developer of the Triple Crown of Motocross. “This year we’ve eclipsed the six-figure mark, elevating the term Triple Crown in motocross to the level it enjoys in surfing, snowboarding, skiing and cycling.”
The schedule for the 2007 Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross:
. May 27th – High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pa.
. July 1st – RedBud, Buchanan, Mich.
. Aug. 26th – Steel City Raceway, Delmont, Pa.
Along with the potential $25,000 bonus for sweeping either class, top privateers at the three race Triple Crown received a hefty payday ($3,000 per event, per class). Last year’s winners include:
High Point: David Vuillemin (MX class), Danny Smith (MX Lites class)
RedBud: Tim Ferry (MX class), Paul Carpenter (MX Lites class)
Steel City: Nick Wey (MX class), Kelly Smith (MX Lites class)
“Again, Monster Energy trusts that the industry realizes the importance of this promotion and the legitimacy it continues to bring to the sport of motocross,” added Sepkovic. “Kawasaki and Pro Circuit should be commended as well regarding their involvement, showing as a team how we can all band together to help in raising the awareness of the sport through a promotion such as the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Triple Crown of Motocross.”