Every year, Monster Energy along with the American Motorcycle Association brings exciting motorcycle races and competitions around the country. The AMA Supercross has enthralled millions for over three decades and continues to host action packed motorcycling events, featuring top motocross and supercross cyclists from around the world. Held mostly at indoor venues on artificially made dirt tracks, the races attract avid sports lovers as well as motorsports enthusiasts from every cover of the nation. This season, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross will once again bring thrilling races to several major cities and venues in the US including Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium, Oakland’s Overstock.com Coliseum, Saint Louis’s Edward Jones Dome and Anaheim’s Angel Stadium.
Event: Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Type: Motorcycle Racing
Current Champions: Ryan Villopoto (Rider’s Champion), Kawasaki (Constructors’ Champion)
Origin of Supercross
The first recorded motorcycle competition held on a man-made course inside a stadium took place in 1948. Promoted by Pierre Bardel, the event was held at the Buffalo Stadium in France. Similar event was later held in 1956 in Czechoslovakia, where hundred thousand Czechs gathered on the ‘Great Victory Day’ to witness the races.
In the US, motocross gained significant popularity during the 1960s. Many promoters began staging large events and competitions around the country. In 971, Dayton International Speedway hosted its first professional motocross event featuring man-made terrains and courses, where Brian Kenny and Gunner Lindstrom bagged the ‘500 class’ and ‘250 class championships’ respectively. This was arguably the first event that gave birth to supercross in the US.
However, most fans and critics regard promoter Mike Goodwin for starting the real Supercross frenzy around the nation. Mike Goodwin’s 1972 event, promoted as the ‘Super Bowl of Motocross’, attracted over twenty eight thousand fans and featured top motocross races from around the world.
The AMA Supercross Championship awards three titles to the winners of 250cc West, 250cc East and the 450cc Class. Apart from this, the promoters also honor the wining team as well as the constructor of the motor vehicles. Primary constructors include Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, Kawasaki and Honda.
The most recent ‘450cc Class Champion’ is Ryan Villopoto, who bagged his third consecutive ‘Supercross Championship’ in 2013. The 2013 ‘Team’s Champion’ and ‘Constructor’s Champion’ was won by Kawasaki. On the other hand, Ken Roczen and Wil Hahn bagged the ‘250cc West’ and ‘250cc East Championship’ titles respectively.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross has become a widely popular motorsport in the US, competing in viewership with the likes of Grand Prix Championship. The highly promoted and televised matches of Supercross attract thousands of sports fans of all ages and gender. Witnessing the thrilling races live is always an exciting experience for all motorsports enthusiasts. Every year, thousands of Monster Energy Supercross Tickets are sold by the promoters before the championship event starts. This season, the fans are eagerly waiting to catch their favorite Supercross drivers in exciting racing events. So make sure to be a part of the upcoming Supercross Championship series and indulge in a memorable journey with your friends and family.