The 2016 Monster Energy Cup is an interesting spectacle.
Set at Boyd Stadium just east of the glitter and glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, the Monster Energy Cup brings together the best of the best in supercross racing and gives them a chance to become millionaires (well, some of them already are, but, you know…).
This year’s Monster Energy Cup offers some tantalizing possibilities. Ken Roczen is the reigning Monster Energy Cup Champion as well as the reigning Lucas Oil 450cc Pro Motocross Champion. Recently moving over from Suzuki to Honda, the German has been testing regularly on his new CRF450R. Roczen has the chance to not only become the first rider in history to pull off back-to-back Monster Energy Cup titles, he can also become the first rider to win it on two different brands.
Reigning Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey may be the man to stop Roczen from reaching his goal. After missing most of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship due to a neck injury, Dungey appeared to be back in good form at last weekend’s Monster Energy SMX Riders & Manufacturers Cup in Germany, taking the Riders Cup win and helping KTM to dominate the Manufacturers Cup.
The 2016 Monster Energy Cup will see reigning AMA 250SX West Champion Cooper Webb on his factory Yamaha YZ450F. Webb is a true force of unknown quantity for 2017. Some pitside experts predict that Webb will be a real factor in the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series title race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson continues to improve, and he should be ready to compete in the Monster Energy Cup after the brutal crash suffered at the 2016 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations. Anderson won Race 2 in the three-race format, splitting the wins earned by Roczen en route to the German rider winning the title. Will Anderson have what it takes to win? Will it be someone else?
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