Monster Energy Cup

October 22, 2013 by  

Monster Energy Cup, James Stewart made his first trip to the Monster Energy Cup a profitable one, as the Yoshimura Suzuki rider came away with the overall victory after an exciting night of racing at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

No one came away with the million dollars that was up for grabs which would have gone to any rider who could win all three motos. The only rider who ended up having that chance was 2013 AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto who won the first moto, but a heavy crash while battling with Stewart for the second-moto win ended all that. Villopoto was knocked out in the fall but would eventually get up and walk off the track. He did not return. Last year, Villopoto also crashed in the second moto after winning the first and did not return. After the race, word in the pits is that Villopoto suffered a concussion but, other than being sore all over, appears to by okay.

With Villopoto out of action, $100,000 was still on the line for the overall win, and it was still very much up in the air. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was poised to finish second in the first moto, having kept pace with Villopoto the whole way. But Dungey forgot to take the “Joker Lane” during the race and was docked five positions and was credited with sixth place. The mistake would ultimately cost him the $100,000 check.

One unique aspect of the Monster Energy Cup is that in every race, all riders must take the longer Joker Lane one time, and while dicing with Villopoto for the lead, Dungey got caught up in the action and never rode through the Joker Lane. Villopoto waited until the last lap to do so and Dungey thought he had the race won. After rolling across the finish line, Dungey and Villopoto congratulated each other, and when Dungey asked Villopoto what had happened to him, Dungey then realized his costly mistake.

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