In its eighth year, the 2018 Monster Energy Cup, which posts a $250,000 purse and a potential $1 Million bonus awarded to the winner of all three 10-Lap Main Events, returns to Las Vegas for a stellar spectacle of the world’s top two-wheeled professionals under the bright lights of one of America’s liveliest destinations. The sport’s largest invite-only Supercross race takes place on Saturday, October 13 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Fans can enjoy a full day of entertainment at the Monster Energy Cup Pit Party from 12 – 6 p.m., including rider autograph sessions, live music, freestyle motocross and experiential elements. Pit passes are $20 each and can be purchased through UNLVtickets.com or 702-739-FANS, or get free access by simply recycling an empty can of Monster Energy. Restrictions an additional charges may apply. Pit pass must be accompanied by an event ticket. At the same time, inside the stadium, riders will be sharpening their skills during practice and qualifying for their starting gate position in the Main Event.
In addition, for the first time ever, one lucky Supercross fan will also have a chance to win $1 Million by entering the Monster Millions Sweepstakes at participating retailers or monsterenergy.com through August 31.
This year, the track will feature dual Monster Energy Cup arches that will rise from the track into the grandstands, plus dual sand sections, dual over-under bridges and the return of the Joker Lane, which will once again be a slower disadvantage that athletes will have to race through at least once during each Main Event. As in year’s past, the track will take full advantage of the stadium’s layout by sprawling into the parking lot and paddock area. Racers will scream back into the stadium at full speed hitting upward of 75 mph as Monster Alley stretches an impressive 1,114 feet in length.
2018 Monster Energy Cup track – inspired by five-time Supercross Champion, Ricky Carmichael
To make capturing the Monster Million as challenging as possible for athletes and more entertaining to watch for fans, this year’s unique hybrid track design inspired by five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ricky Carmichael, will be unlike any other stadium race in the world with a combination of traditional Supercross elements and outdoor, natural-terrain stylings.
“The Monster Energy Cup is always the place where we try to outdo ourselves, from the highest start in history to building sections of the track that traverse into the stands, we’re always trying to push the limits of track design,” said Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations – Two Wheel, Feld Entertainment. “We had a great 2018 Supercross season showcasing these athletes and this is our time of year where we can have fun and do never-before type things. We love coming here to Las Vegas with another million dollars to celebrate the sport’s marquee athletes, and this year’s Monster Millions promotion adds even more excitement for the fans.”
The Monster Millions Sweepstakes is the biggest consumer promotion in the event’s history. Ten lucky winners will receive a grand prize trip to Las Vegas, VIP tickets to the event and a $1,000 grab-for-cash contest during the evening’s festivities. In front of an exuberant crowd, the contestant who collects the most cash also becomes eligible to win a bonus $1 Million if one of the racers also wins $1 Million by winning all three Main Events. No small feat, but certainly possible as Marvin Musquin proved last year.
The open Monster Energy Cup Class format pits competitors against each other on 250cc and 450cc machines and offers racers the option to choose the bike of their choice. Athletes expected to race include reigning Supercross Champion Jason Anderson, last year’s $1 Million winner Marvin Musquin, plus Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and more.
In 2017, Musquin became only the second athlete in the event’s history to capture $1 Million after Ryan Villopoto won the inaugural race in 2011. After finishing the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season in second place and going down to the wire at the final event in Las Vegas, Musquin could be in the best position to repeat and become the first two-time Monster Energy Cup Champion.
Past winners of the Monster Energy Cup dating back to its inception:
- Ryan Villopoto – 2011 ($1 Million winner)
- Justin Barcia – 2012
- James Stewart – 2013
- Davi Millsaps – 2014
- Ken Roczen – 2015
- Eli Tomac – 2016
- Marvin Musquin – 2017 ($1 Million winner)
Along with the world’s best professional two-wheeled athletes in attendance, the Monster Energy Cup will feature the Supermini and Amateur All-Star classes for top athletes ages 12-15 who have earned the right to compete on the same track as the stars of Supercross as they prepare themselves for the next step in their racing careers.
Tickets for the 2018 Monster Energy Cup start at $20 plus fees and can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets at La Bonita Supermarkets, online at UNLVtickets.com, SupercrossLive.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. Practice and qualifying begins at 12 p.m. and the Main Event begins at 6 p.m.
For more information on the Monster Energy Cup, visit SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross.