AURORA, Ill. (October 4, 2011) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that SPEED™ will broadcast the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium live on October 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The lead into the live Monster Energy Cup coverage will be a one-hour season recap of 2011 Supercross – The Greatest Season Ever beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.
SPEED will deliver 3.5 hours of live television coverage to the fans at home. Host Ralph Sheheen, a 23-year veteran motorsports broadcaster, and color analyst Jeff Emig, a three-time AMA Champion, will man the booth along with special guest Ricky Carmichael as pit reporter Erin Bates, life-long motorcycle enthusiast, captures all of the behind-the-scenes action.
“There’s no better way to kick off the inaugural Monster Energy Cup than providing the fans at home 3.5 hours of live television coverage,” said Dave Prater, director of supercross, Feld Motor Sports. “With the help of a live broadcast on SPEED, fans who aren’t able to make it to Vegas for this historical race will have the chance to witness the world’s best riders lay it all on the line for the Monster Million at the convenience of their own home.”
“Anytime someone starts talking about the possibility of winning $1 million, hearts beat faster, adrenaline starts flowing… you can bet someone will find a way to do more than they ever thought they could,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “We expect all this and more from riders at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup on SPEED. This kind of event turns an already exciting experience into a ‘Did you see that?!’ opportunity.”
The 2011 Monster Energy Supercross Championship went down as the Greatest Season Ever with five different winners, Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard. For the first time in the sport’s 38-year history, four riders went into the season finale with a shot to win the title. SPEED will relive the rigorous 16-week season that eventually crowned Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto with the first Supercross class title of his career.
“A better script could not have been written for the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross season,” said Prater, “It was a parity-driven season that fans can relive on SPEED before the inaugural Monster Energy Cup kicks off 3.5 live hours of coverage.”
“Riding the wave of the ‘Greatest Season Ever,’ SPEED is excited to get the 2012 season started with live coverage of the inaugural Monster Energy Cup,” said Nickell.