World’s Top Freestyle Motocross Riders to Square off at Best Trick Competition at Monster Energy Cup
$40,000 Up for Grabs – Winner Takes All
$40,000 Up for Grabs – Winner Takes All
AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that the inaugural Monster Energy Cup on October 15 at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium will feature a Best Trick Freestyle Motocross Competition Presented by Dirt Shark.
This one-trick, go-for-broke-freestyle-motocross competition features the world’s top freestyle motocross riders, including Taka Higashino, Jackson Strong, Mark Monea, Kyle Loza, and Cam Sinclair. Built into the highly anticipated Monster Energy Cup’s diverse racing line up, the Best Trick competition has the potential to steal the show. These elite freestyle motocross riders will push the limits as they pull out all of the stops to win Best Trick.
Loza, a three-time Best Trick gold medalist at the X-Games, is a true pioneer to the FMX scene, having become the first and only rider to win back-to-back gold medals at the X Games. Loza is known for conceiving tricks such as “The Volt” and “Electric Doom.”
“I'm always working on a few new tricks because it's important for me to constantly be challenging myself, but the trick I'm bringing to Vegas is the only trick that breaks bones in the foam pit,” said Loza. “It took me out on the day of x games by trying to take my thumb off so we have a score to settle.” Click here for an exclusive sneak peek of Loza working on his latest trick, compliments of Dirt Shark.
Higashino is an original Metal Mulisha cast member on the Nuclear Cowboyz freestyle motocross theatrical production and will join the tour for its third season in 2012. Best known for his double-seat grab Indy backflip, Higashino, of Osaka, Japan, has competed in four X Games competitions, earning a career-best third place during the 2010 Best Trick event. Higashino won his first Dew Tour event in 2010 and has continued to dominate the FMX scene.
“I want to give it my all and have fun at the Monster Energy Cup,” said Higashino. “I am looking forward to competing at this event for the fans and my sponsors. It’s going to be fun laying it on the line for the best trick.”
Strong, of Lockhart, Australia, became the youngest rider ever to backflip a full-size dirt bike. During this time Strong also became the fourth person in history to land an 85-ft frontflip, and the first-ever to perform this trick ramp-to-ramp. In 2011, Strong became the first rider to land a frontflip at the X Games, ultimately taking home the first gold medal of his career.
“I’m really pumped to be going up against the top freestyle riders at the Monster Energy Cup,” exclaimed Strong. “It’s always fun to see everybody busting out their latest tricks or debuting new ones. The Monster Energy Cup Best Trick event is going to be the perfect environment for us to showcase our inventory. I have been working on a new combo trick and have been waiting for the right moment to reveal it.”
Monea, of Victoria, Australia, is the first and only rider to successfully land a frontflip 360, which he later tagged as the “Carry On.” Monea was formerly a mechanic for fellow Australian buddy and X Games gold medalist Cameron Sinclair before his FMX career ignited. Having showed up empty-handed at the 2011 X Games, good chance the Australian native will take another shot at stomping the Carry On.
“Winning FMX at the Monster Energy Cup would be the biggest moment in my career for sure, especially because I am a Monster athlete,” said Monea. “I love being a part of it and competing with the best in the world. It’s a huge buzz for me. I want to land the Carry On again.”
Cameron Sinclair, of Pearcedale, Australia, was the first FMX rider to ever land a double backflip in a freestyle run. Sinclair also holds the world record for landing the longest ramp-to-ramp backflip of 129 ft. Having competed in two X Games, earning gold and bronze medals, Sinclair will be keeping his competitors honest in the best trick contest.
“It’s a huge honor to compete in the Monster Energy Cup Best Trick Competition,” said Sinclair.” This event has been so hyped up all year – one of the biggest events on the calendar. To win the very first one would be amazing. I’d love to get that title beside my name!”
The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/motocross terrain and will have a tremendous motocross-style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross combined and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and for the “first time ever” $1 million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.
Tickets for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com, or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.
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