The press flocked to Sam Boyd Stadium on the Friday morning prior to the final round of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series for the annual press conference. While riders from each of the three championships were on hand to recite again how “Vegas is just another race,” the truly interesting parts were the sights and unguarded sounds of the day. Tensions may be a bit high in the 250 class, as well as the 450 class for second overall, but the riders all showed their best attitudes for the cameras.
Jeff Emig once again oversaw the junket, beginning with the acknowledgement of Speed being nominated for awards in excellence in their broadcasts of the Salt Lake City event and last year’s Las Vegas finale. From there, Emig announced the much anticipated 2014 schedule, which sees the dismissal of two venues for two new stops. Salt Lake City and Minneapolis have lost their places in the sport for a return to Detroit, Michigan’s, Ford Field and the first-ever running of a Supercross in the all-new MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
2014 Monster Energy Supercross Schedule
January 4 | Angel Stadium | Anaheim, Calif.
January 11 | Chase Field | Phoenix
January 18 | Angel Stadium | Anaheim, Calif.
January 25 | O.Co Coliseum | Oakland, Calif.
February 1| Angel Stadium | Anaheim, Calif.
February 8 | Qualcomm Stadium | San Diego
February 15 | Cowboys Stadium | Arlington, Texas
February 22 | Georgia Dome | Atlanta
March 1 | Lucas Oil Stadium | Indianapolis
March 8 | Daytona International Speedway | Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 15 | Ford Field | Detroit
March 22 | Rogers Centre | Toronto
March 29 | Edward Jones Dome | St. Louis
April 5 | Reliant Stadium | Houston
April 12 | CenturyLink Field | Seattle
April 26 | MetLife Stadium East | Rutherford, N.J.
May 3 | Sam Boyd Stadium | Las Vegas
During the press conference, it was also revealed by Davi Millsaps that he will sit out the coming Nationals in order to undergo surgery on his extremely damaged knee. The Rockstar Energy Racing team captain suffered the injury just before Daytona, right in the midst of his close battle with Ryan Villopoto for the championship. Millsaps sat down with us for an unadulterated interview on the topic that will be on our site shortly.
Aside from the blacked out fenders and shrouds on the Rockstar Energy Racing team bikes and the Valli Motorsports Graphics, we have not seen much in the way of special Vegas bikes. Bummer for sure.
So, with that, check out the rest of what we saw and heard during the conference and in the pits and be sure to check back throughout the weekend as we cover the season finale.