The 2015 Monster Energy Cup Track Design: “Raising the Stakes”
By: Andy Bowyer
Only 44 days remain before the 2015 Monster Energy Cup, and race fans have been salivating over the unveiling of the track design. Wait no more because it is here and it is simply the most dynamic version of the hybrid themed course we have seen in the event’s five-year existence!
With heavy input from Ricky Carmichael, the track has undergone numerous tweaks and changes to finally culminate with the final design. “I’m really excited about this year’s track design, and feel it is quite a bit different than any before it. Of course, the elevated start is going to be cool to see and I like that it is back inside the stadium for this year. I’m very pleased with the track, but just as much I’m excited for the racing this year. There is a lot of heat showing up for this year’s race and I’m expecting to see some of the best racing action ever this time around.”
Most of the famous trademarks like Monster Alley, where racers reach speeds upwards of 70mph, The AMSOIL Arch, which goes up into the grand stands, and of course the Joker Lane remain. However, the racers will be starting inside Sam Boyd stadium for the first time since 2011. This is where the exciting part comes into play, as the start itself will be elevated to almost 12 feet in height! A version of this was tested at round five of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross championship at Anaheim and had great results. That said the starting gate on October 17th in Sam Boyd Stadium will be twice as high. The Monster Energy Cup has historically been about changing the game and throwing different elements at the racers and this starting gate will be unlike any in Supercross history.
Other aspects of the track include a long sand section that will be sure to wear out and produce heavy braking bumps during the course of the night. In addition, the finish line is a massive triple jump that will be sending the racers up to 30 feet in the air where they will be throwing their bikes sideways and upside down.
One of the things to consider with the design is that is must cater to the Supermini and Amateur All-Star classes as well as the professionals. Through four years the track has done a fabulous job of providing the ultimate racing action, however this year’s track design should produce the kind of spectacle that can only be the fifth running of the Monster Energy Cup!
If you have been holding off to buy your tickets to Monster Energy Cup this year, the time is definitely NOW! Seats are going fast so don’t miss your chance to be at the biggest Pit Party of the year and the most unique race of it’s kind.