The Monster Energy Supercross series will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, where 22 riders will duke it out for a potential $1 million going to anyone who can win all three main events.
On Thursday, the track design — inspired by five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael — was revealed, featuring several highlights.
The first main obstacle will be the starting gate, which will be raised 11 feet into the air, causing riders to have to completely rethink their starting technique ahead of a 40-degree drop.
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Additionally, a 150-degree sweeper turn called the AMSOIL Arch — large enough to extend into the grandstands — will pose a new challenge to the riders, as well as an “S” turn Joker Lane on the start straight. A massive sand roller section will see the riders reaching speeds upwards of 70 mph, while a long technical rhythm section with dual lanes will certainly spring a few surprises in the order. The riders will also have to take on a high-speed outdoor motocross themed section outside of the stadium section, an under/over bridge, and a large triple jump exceeding 100 feet at the Finish line.
"I’m really excited about this year’s track design, and feel it’s a lot different than any before it,” said Carmichael. “The elevated start is going to be so cool to see and I like that it is back inside the stadium. The 11-foot elevation almost gives it a BMX feel, but bigger. As happy as I am with the track I am really 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."