Monday, October 19, 2015

The Others...Monster Energy Cup.

A supercross race means the return of "The Others." A little unconventional and with a million on the line, the Monster Energy Cup took to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The unique drop in start that was mastered by Jason Anderson. Photo: Will Topete
Three main events. Win all 3 and pocket one million dollars. With the heaviest hitters in the sport all in attendance this wouldn't be and easy feat. RCH Suzuki's Ken Roczen, Honda rider Trey Canard, KTM's Ryan Dungey, defending champ Davi Millsaps and the return to a stadium for James Stewart were the heart of the battle in the richest supercross race.

The joker lane strikes again. Husqvarna rider Jason Anderson pulled the start in race 1 and after a bobble by Canard, Anderson would cruise to a win only to realize he had missed the mandatory joker lane. The win would be handed to 2nd place finisher Ken Roczen. 

The sand was DEEP. Photo: Will Topete.
James Stewart would sit out race 2 and it'd be Jason Anderson who would carry over his momentum from race 1 and again grab a start and run to a win. This time remembering the joker lane.

The 3rd and final race was an exciting one and would again offer a familiar situation. Jason Anderson would grab the start, making him a perfect 3 for 3 on the night. Anderson's holeshot consistency would have him driving home in a new Toyota truck. Ken Roczen would get the final win on the night. Although the million was lost by not sweeping the night, the overall victory still offered up $100,000. Not a bad Saturday night in Vegas.

The podium would be topped by Roczen and rounded out by Dungey and Anderson. Three more riders would see the podium over the night. Davi Millsaps, Trey Canard and Justin Barcia would get on the box in individual races, but their inconsistencies would keep them off at the end of the night.

The night show at the Monster Energy Cup is constructed of the three main events, along with Amateur All Stars and Supermini classes that showcase the stars of the future. The action packed night means qualifiers and last chance qualifiers are ran during the day. All riders who participate in the event in any way are invited athletes and just being at this event puts you on one of the biggest stages of the sport.

A quick reminder of "The Others." Results from the night show. Not the main events, but those who qualified and accomplished something awesome by racing in a packed stadium at the highest level of the sport. They qualified or in this case got invited to be the best in the world, KCMX will not let them go unmentioned. 

What they all came for. Photo: Will Topete.

And now...The Others.

Cup Class
5. 79 Nick Schmidt 
6. 374 Cody Gilmore
7. 726 Gared Steinke
8. 101 Chris Blose
9. 662 Travis Bannister
10. 135 Robert Fitch
11. 976 Josh Greco
12. 801 Jeff Alessi
13. 240 Bryce Stewart
14. 151 Dakota Tedder
15. 608 David Pulley
16. 447 Deven Raper
17. 11 Kyle Chisholm
18. 23 Aaron Plessinger
19. 100 Jacob Hayes

As fans, we will now patiently wait and spread rumors heading in to the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Championship season. 


-Kyle Pesci


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