The world’s best professional and amateur motocross racers flocked to Las Vegas as the second annual Monster Energy Cup invaded Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night. While amateur racers vied for bragging rights as Monster Energy Cup Champion in either the Supermini or Amateur-All Star class, the professionals had their eyes on winning the Monster Million in what has become one of the most lucrative races in supercross and motocross racing history.

Supermini riders, Amateur All-Star riders, and the pros in the Cup Class would go to battle in their respective classes on a hybrid supercross/motocross track designed by Monster athlete Ricky Carmichael. Supermini and Amateur All-Star riders would race two motos each, and the best-combined finisher in each class would be crowned Monster Energy Cup Champion for that respective class. The pros in the Cup Class would duke it out in three motos. The pro with the best overall finish after all three motos would be crowned the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Champion and would take home a hefty purse, but would have to win all three motos in order to take home the coveted Monster Million.

Monster Energy’s Austin Forkner swept the Supermini Class and earned the right to call himself the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Supermini Champion! Congratulations, Austin!

Monster Energy’s Adam Cianciarulo spent his 16th birthday racing the Amateur All-Star Class at Monster Energy Cup. Cianciarulo posted the fastest lap time in the first Amateur All-Star moto, but a crash right before the final lap caused him to finish fifth. He grabbed the holeshot in the second moto and dominated the field as he navigated his machine to a second moto victory. The 5-1 finish gave him second overall in the Amateur All-Star class.

Chad Reed, Monster Energy’s newest athlete, has been sidelined due to injury but used the Monster Energy Cup as his return to the racing scene. Reed went 5-6-4 for fifth overall.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, defending Monster Energy Cup Champion and winner of the Monster Million in 2011, claimed a win in the first moto of the Cup Class, but an incident in the second moto relegated him to a 12th –place finish, forcing him to sit the third moto out.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, the only rider who would race the Monster Energy Cup this year on a 250, did not compete in the Main Event due to an injury sustained during the first qualifying practice.

The Monster Million wasn’t awarded as each Cup Class moto had a different winner, but the exciting racing from all three classes had fans on the edge of their seat the entire night!

RESULTS:

Cup Class
Moto 1
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ryan Dungey

Moto 2
1. Justin Barcia
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Mike Alessi

Moto 3
1. Eli Tomac
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ryan Dungey

Overall
1. Justin Barcia
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Eli Tomac

Supermini
Moto 1
1. Austin Forkner
2. Tristan Miller
3. Chase Sexton

Moto 2
1. Austin Forkner
2. Joey Crown
3. Kotaro Takahasi

Overall
1. Austin Forkner
2. Chase Sexton
3. Kotaro Takahasi

Amateur All-Stars
Moto 1
1. Shane McElrath
2. Cooper Webb
3. Jordon Smith

Moto 2
1. Adam Cianciarulo
2. Paul Coates
3. Cooper Webb

Overall
1. Cooper Webb
2. Adam Cianciarulo
3. Paul Coates

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