AMA Monster Energy Cup: Anything Goes for $1 Million Prize

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

AMA Pro Racing has released a new supplemental rules package for the Oct. 15 Monster Energy Cup race at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. In short? Anything goes.

For the one-off event, the AMA has eliminated nearly all technical restrictions except sound and fuel regulations. Engines must be at least 125cc but otherwise all engine configurations are allowed.

“No homologation is necessary, and the engine displacement must be at least 125cc. Beyond that, nearly anything goes — two-stroke, four-stroke, singles, twins. Weight restrictions are gone. Large-displacement two strokes are welcome,” says Kevin Crowther, AMA director of Supercross. “We are also implementing new sound-testing procedures. We will be using the new 2-Meter Max sound-testing method that will be implemented for the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.”

The AMA decided to throw out its Supercross rulebook for this event because it’s a one-off instead of a national championship. The track itself will be a hybrid of Supercross and motocross terrain, designed by racing legends Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael.

“As a singular competition event, the Monster Energy Cup gives us more freedom to think outside the box and try some innovative concepts that might not always be practical for a national championship,” says Crowther. “Considering this freedom of the rules package and the amount of money on the line, the Monster Energy Cup will be one of racing’s must-attend events this year.”

Up for grabs is a $250,000 purse as well as a $1 million bounty for a rider winning all three main events. The entry list includes such racing stars as reigning AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart and Chad Reed.

[Source: AMA]

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

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