Monster Energy’s Shaun Palmer Wins Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown


Palmer smokes the field on a two-stroke while buddy David Pingree

(Racer X) wins the Java Monster Media Throw Down title & a set of

Nordica skis!

CORONA, Calif., (June 2, 2008) – Pro athletes from the action sports

world took to the legendary Prairie City SVRA motocross track – aka

Hangtown – this past Saturday for the seventh annual Monster Energy MX

Crossover @ Hangtown, featuring the Java Monster Media Throw down, to

decide who’s the fastest motocrosser amongst the field of

snowboarders, skateboarders, skiers, BMXers, mountain bikers and

wakeboarders, while also providing a venue for the industry magazine

editors and staff to show off their MX skills.

And to no one’s surprise it was action sports icon, Monster Energy’s

own Shaun Palmer, who took the overall athlete title with the

convincing 1-1 overall win.

“Best holeshot I’ve pulled in my life,” said Palmer following the

second moto. “Gotta thank Mitch Payton (Pro Circuit) for that one.”

Joining Palmer on the 37-man first gate (athlete) podium was BMXer

Aaron Cooke (2nd) and cross country runner Kevin Barda (3rd). The

second gate (same moto), again reserved for motocross industry media

members, was won by Racer X’s David Pingree, with Dirt Rider’s Jimmy

Lewis (2nd) and Chris Denison (3rd) rounding out the podium.

“We always have a blast coming up here to race at Hangtown,” said

Denison. “The Dirt Diggers are the best hosts – and we roll up with

pretty much our entire staff. The Monster crossover at Hangtown is

mandatory at Dirt Rider.”

In the opening moto it s two-time Olympian and America’s greatest

downhill ski racer of all-time, Daron Rahlves, that pulled the

holeshot and led early. Palmer, who led about the first 50 feet, had

the front wheel get up out of the dirt on him and he had to back ‘er

down a click in order so as not to lose control. Cooke would catch

Rahlves a couple turns later to take the lead, then was soon passed by

Palmer – who would extend his lead through the checkers of the three-

lap contest on Hangtown’s pro track. Snowboarder Ian Price would join

Cooke (2nd) and Palmer (1st) on the first moto podium while Rahlves

would finish a strong 5th.

“Palm’s legit fast,” said Cooke. “The fact that we were all on four

strokes and he was running a two-stroke 250 only adds to his legend.”

In the media class Pingree overcame a slight wreck to lap back up to

the top ten in a 40-racer first gate. The bobble did however allow

local pro Scott Davis the chance to catch and pass Pingree. Note:

Davis played the ‘rabbitt’ role in the event, showing some of the less

experienced racers the kind of speed a pro motocrosser can generate –

even while coming through the pack in a three lap moto.

The second moto was all Palmer as the Monster Energy athlete grabbed

what he called a “Carmichael-like” holeshot on his Pro Circuit-tuned

Honda CR250. With Palmer gone within a lap, Cooke, Price and Barda

would break away and put on a great show for the fans with Barda

grabbing 2nd to Palmer, edging a charging Cooke (3rd) at the finish.

“My arms pumped up a bit and it was all I could do to hold off Aaron,”

said the 41-year-old Barda. “Track was great, though. And the field

was impressive – lot of fast guys out there.”

Pingree again whooped the field, lapping up even higher into the top

ten and staying ahead of Davis. The two provided quite a show for the

riders on the track with them – including Monster Energy’s Nate

Holland – the three-time defending ESPN Winter X Games Boarder X

champion.

“That was insane,” said Holland of his very first motocross race ever.

“I can tell this is definitely going to become an expensive hobby for

me.”

Also representing Monster Energy was women’s snowmobile distance

jumping record holder Delene Dippel. The local NorCal athlete joined

much of the field there early (Thurs/Fri.) to race amateurs, then

stepped up and raced with the guys – along with Cycle News’ Jean

Turner – and the two more than held their own in the seventh annual

Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown, featuring the Java Monster

Media Throw Down. “That was a blast,” said Dippel. “I know a lot of

these guys from the snowboard and ski magazines and had no idea they

were this into motocross. It was pretty cool.”

Top five trophies in each class went to:

Athletes Media

1.) Shaun Palmer, snowboarder 1.) David Pingree, Racer X

2.) Aaron Cooke, BMX 2.) Jimmy Lewis, Dirt

Rider

3.) Kevin Barda, runner 3.) Chris Denison,

Dirt Rider

4.) Ian Price, snowboarder 4.) Joe McKimmey,

Dirt Rider

5.) Bryan Noe, snowboarder 5.) Scott Denison,

Dirt Rider

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ten and staying ahead of Davis. The two provided quite a show for the

riders on the track with them – including Monster Energy’s Nate

Holland – the three-time defending ESPN Winter X Games Boarder X

champion.

“That was insane,” said Holland of his very first motocross race ever.

“I can tell this is definitely going to become an expensive hobby for

me.”

Also representing Monster Energy was women’s snowmobile distance

jumping record holder Delene Dippel. The local NorCal athlete joined

much of the field there early (Thurs/Fri.) to race amateurs, then

stepped up and raced with the guys – along with Cycle News’ Jean

Turner – and the two more than held their own in the seventh annual

Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown, featuring the Java Monster

Media Throw Down. “That was a blast,” said Dippel. “I know a lot of

these guys from the snowboard and ski magazines and had no idea they

were this into motocross. It was pretty cool.”

Top five trophies in each class went to:

Athletes Media

1.) Shaun Palmer, snowboarder 1.) David Pingree, Racer X

2.) Aaron Cooke, BMX 2.) Jimmy Lewis, Dirt

Rider

3.) Kevin Barda, runner 3.) Chris Denison,

Dirt Rider

4.) Ian Price, snowboarder 4.) Joe McKimmey,

Dirt Rider

5.) Bryan Noe, snowboarder 5.) Scott Denison,

Dirt Rider

Following the trophy ceremony the sponsors stoked out the athletes

with a bunch of product, including skis, boots and bindings from

Nordica and a Nitro snowboard and bindings to the class winners and

product to everyone, new knobbies from Broc Glover and the guys at

Dunlop Tire, cool headphones and ear buds courtesy of Skullcandy,

fresh goggles for everyone from Spy Optic, T-shirts and hats from

NorCal, Racer X and Imperial Motion and, everyone’s favorite, custom

Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown decals from Matt Davis at

Throttle Jockey/Graphics Lab.

“This is a fun and core way for Monster Energy to get behind the sport

of motocross through athletes from other sports that ride,” said John

Lee, Director of Sports Marketing for Monster Energy. “The Monster

Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown, featuring the Java Monster Media Throw

Down was a celebration of motocross – definitely a good time had by

all.”

Finally, the athletes took time to educate themselves on the highly

cool charity Pipeline to a Cure – a surf-oriented training and

conditioning program for people who are battling cyctic fibrosis.

Check out their website at www.pipelinetoacure.com. It’s a great idea.

The seventh annual Monster Energy MX Crossover @ Hangtown athlete list

included:

Athlete/Bike # Sport

1.) Dwayne Taylor (#44) BMX

2.) Nate Holland (#minus-11) Snowboarder

3.) Trace Schroeder (#941) Tele Skier

4.) Aaron Cooke (#90) BMX

5.) Gunnar N