Roster of International Riders Competing Continues to Grow
AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Ben Townley, of Taupo, New Zealand, will race at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 15.
Prior to joining the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class in 2007, Townley captured 12 national titles in New Zealand and 13 World Motocross Championship Grand Prix wins. Townley capped off his Lites class rookie season with three wins and two additional podium finishes and was crowned the class’ champion. Following setbacks with injuries in the pursuing seasons, Townley is back in action ready to take a shot at the Monster Million.
“I'm really excited to race at a higher level in the states again,” said Townley. “Ironically, the last time I raced supercross was at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2007, so it's been a while. The atmosphere racing in a stadium is exciting and I’m looking forward to doing it again.”
The hybrid track, which will blend elements from both supercross and motocross, has many riders eager to see the final product.
“I’m excited to see what Ricky [Carmichael] and Jeremy [McGrath] have in store for us,” added Townley. “The hybrid factor and general concept of this race is really interesting to me. I feel if there is a good balance between motocross and supercross it will make for some really interesting racing.”
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, awarding the winner 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.
About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz℠, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.