Monday Kickstart – Monster Energy Cup
The inaugural Monster Energy Cup Supercross was a success this weekend in more ways than one—fans packed Sam Boyd Stadium, the racing went off without a hitch, and Ryan Villopoto took home one million dollars. But over the course of the day, there was a lot that went on both in the pits and on the track.
The Monster Energy Cup wasn’t the only even going on in Las Vegas this past weekend, as the Dew Tour was also going on at the Hard Rock Casino down by the strip. On Friday evening, there was a Best Whip competition and FMX demo put on by Hart & Huntington and JC Penny. As you can see from this photo, the fans packed the stands to check out the action.
Carey Hart used the Best Whip event as a platform to announce his partnership with JC Penney to distribute the Hart & Huntington line of clothing. Check back later for a full interview with Carey about the partnership and his team’s plans for Supercross in 2012.
Miles Richmond was the winner of the Best Whip contest, as his traditional whips and turndown whips—like the one pictured here—were easily some of the biggest in the contest.
This race will mark the final time that Josh Hansen will be seen aboard a Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. For 2012, Hanny will be riding for the Hart & Huntington team aboard a KX450F. Next year will mark the second time that Hansen has ridden for Hart’s team, however, the first time was aboard a Honda and the team was in its early stages of development.
Hansen’s day at the MEC didn’t go too well. In the final qualifying practice, he went down in the turn preceding the fast sand whoop section, twisting his knee and ultimately pulling out of the practice session before it concluded. During racing, it was evident that Hanny was riding in some pain as he was forced to go to the LCQ in order to make it into the three main event races.
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