Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown


Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown Features World’s Top Action

Sports Athletes/Media Racing MX

Pro snowboarders, skiers, skateboarders, surfers, BMX and mt. bikers,

wakeboarders and industry magazine staff members ready to duel it out

on Saturday, May 31st, at Prairie City (Calif.) SVRA

CORONA, Calif., (May 29, 2008) – Stars of the action sports community

will descend upon Prairie City SVRA (Calif.), aka “Hangtown,” this

weekend for the seventh running of the Monster Energy MX Crossover @

Hangtown, featuring the Java Monster Media Throw Down.

The long-running event, which features athletes from the action sports

fields including snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, surfing, BMX and

mt. bikes and wakeboarding, along with motocross enthusiasts from the

entertainment industry is designed as a celebration of the sport of

motocross, in cooperation with Hangtown’s hosting of the AMA Toyota

Motocross Championships and its exclusive energy drink, Monster Energy.

“Giving these athletes the same access to the Hangtown track that the

greatest motocross racers in the world will race the following day has

been quite an experience for them,” explained Ed Santin of the Dirt

Diggers North M.C. which puts on the Hangtown MX National. “We’ll have

a wide range of experience levels on the track at the same time and,

after Sunday’s pro race, they’ll all come away from Hangtown with an

even greater appreciation for the sport of motocross – something

similar to what Ryan Villopoto might feel if he were able to run the

Snowboard X course at Winter X.”

Leading the charge will be the world’s most complete action sports

athlete, Monster Energy’s own Shaun Palmer. The NorCal native – and

arguably one of the greatest athletes our time, period – has a way of

just showing up and blowing doors on the competition at the Monster

Energy MX Crossover events, just like he did at Hangtown a couple

years back. In the stuff of lore Palmer took the lead early in the

opening moto, then pulled to the side of the track to ‘wave’ the

accomplished jet skier Victor Sheldon by. Palmer then chased, caught

and eventually dogged Sheldon – the two sharing a good laugh about it

after the race.

“Yeah, I’ll get out there and see if I’ve got anything for Ping this

weekend,” said Palmer of Racer X Illustrated’s David Pingree, who’ll

be one of the many magazine reporters and editors competing in the

Java Monster Media Throw Down. “We had a pretty good battle at Glen

Helen last year. He (Pingree) ended up winning on his four-stroke (450

vs. Palmer’s 250 two-stroke). Outside that it’s always good to get

together with they guys I used to snowboard with, catch up and talk

dirt bikes.”

Another racer expected to be running up front will be two-time U.S.

Olympic ski racer and America’s greatest downhill racer of all-time,

Truckee’s (Calif.) Daron Rahlves. A big proponent of using motocross

racing to keep his ski racing skills dialed during the off season,

Rahlves has since moved over to the highly popular skiercross ski

racing events which combines ski racing and motocross (and, quite

frankly, Rollerball).

“Always a good time getting together with all the guys at Hangtown,”

said Rahlves. “We’ve got a full gate this weekend and a bunch of us

are coming up early to camp and race amateurs. Definitely one of the

events on my calendar that I really look forward to.”

Two other Monster Energy-backed athletes competing at Hangtown will be

three-time defending Winter X Snowboard X gold medalist, Nate Holland,

who’ll be running his first-ever motocross race, and Delene Dippel,

the current women’s snowmobile distance jumping record holder.

“I can’t believe I agreed to do this,” said Holland laughing. “Up to

last week I was riding a trail bike with turn signals. I guess I’m

going to find out real quick here about motocross. We’ll work to make

sure it’s not a crash course.”

Athletes that have won motos in the past and will challenge for the

podium include skier K.C. Deane, who held off snowboarder Ian Price

with a 1-2 finish to Price’s 3-1 at Hangtown last year. Overall

Monster Energy Crossover Series champ from ’07, BMXer Aaron Cooke, has

also won at Hangtown. Also keep an eye on Kevin Barda (X-C athlete),

skiers Gunnar Newquist and Jon Dadak, snowboarder Chris Roach (3rd o/a

at Hangtown last year) and BMXers Jimmy and Joey Garcia.

The seventh annual Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown athlete list:

Athlete/Bike # Sport

1.) Dwayne Taylor (#44) BMX

2.) Nate Holland (#11x) Snowboarder

3.) Trace Schroeder (#941) Tele Skier

4.) Aaron Cooke (#90) BMX

5.) Gunnar Newquist (#280) Skier

6.) Matt Goodwill (#176) Snowboarder

7.) Shawn Sterken (#609) Snowboarder

8.) Jon Dadak (#234) Skier

9.) Jay Grube (#442) Kayaker

10.) Sam Shallow (#11) Skier

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three-time defending Winter X Snowboard X gold medalist, Nate Holland,

who’ll be running his first-ever motocross race, and Delene Dippel,

the current women’s snowmobile distance jumping record holder.

“I can’t believe I agreed to do this,” said Holland laughing. “Up to

last week I was riding a trail bike with turn signals. I guess I’m

going to find out real quick here about motocross. We’ll work to make

sure it’s not a crash course.”

Athletes that have won motos in the past and will challenge for the

podium include skier K.C. Deane, who held off snowboarder Ian Price

with a 1-2 finish to Price’s 3-1 at Hangtown last year. Overall

Monster Energy Crossover Series champ from ’07, BMXer Aaron Cooke, has

also won at Hangtown. Also keep an eye on Kevin Barda (X-C athlete),

skiers Gunnar Newquist and Jon Dadak, snowboarder Chris Roach (3rd o/a

at Hangtown last year) and BMXers Jimmy and Joey Garcia.

The seventh annual Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown athlete list:

Athlete/Bike # Sport

1.) Dwayne Taylor (#44) BMX

2.) Nate Holland (#11x) Snowboarder

3.) Trace Schroeder (#941) Tele Skier

4.) Aaron Cooke (#90) BMX

5.) Gunnar Newquist (#280) Skier

6.) Matt Goodwill (#176) Snowboarder

7.) Shawn Sterken (#609) Snowboarder

8.) Jon Dadak (#234) Skier

9.) Jay Grube (#442) Kayaker

10.) Sam Shallow (#11) Skier

11.) Phil Tintsman (#249) Mt. Biker

12.) K.C. Deane (#657) Skier

13.) Ryan McDonald (#441) Snowboarder

14.) Delene Dippel (#102) Snowmobiler

15.) Joey Washburn (#927) Snowboarder

16.) Kevin Barda (#852) X-C Runner

17.) Mike Tichy (#20) Skier

18.) Jim Moran (#182) Snowboarder

19.) Daron Rahlves (#133) Skier

20.) Igor Reoutt (#781) Wakeboarder

21.) Chava Greenlee (#114) Surfer

22.) Chris Roach (#255) Snowboarder

23.) Monty Roach (#469) Snowboarder

24.) Dave Donatoni (# 05) Surfer

25.) Keith Hutchins (#688) Snowmobiler

26.) Tyler Emond (#508) Snowboarder

27.) Aaron “AV” Vincent (#528) Snowboarder

28.) Trevor Riccoli (#977) Skier

29.) Buster Akrey (#52) Musician

30.) Tony Sabatella (#152) Snowboarder

31.) Joey Garcia (#64) BMX

32.) Jimmy Garcia (#30) BMX

33.) Bryan Noe (#47) Snowboarder

34.) Ian Price (#82) Snowboarder

35.) Shaun Palmer (#555) Snowboarder

36.) Matt Mirell (#164) Mt. Biker

37.) Tyson Terpening (#711) SB/Ski Park Builder

39.) Wade Speyer (#680) Skateboarder

40.) Casey Kelly (#909) Entertainer

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