Supercross

Ben Townley enters Inaugural Monster Energy Cup

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Ben Townley will race at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium on October 15.

Prior to joining the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class in 2007, Townley captured 12 national titles in New Zealand and 13 World Motocross Championship Grand Prix wins. Townley capped off his Lites class rookie season with three wins and two additional podium finishes and was crowned the class' champion. Following setbacks with injuries in the pursuing seasons, Townley is back in action ready to take a shot at the Monster Million.

Townley had signed to race the World GP's this season with CLS Kawasaki but a bad hip injury during the 2010 Super-X series and an injured jaw suffered in a practice crash ended his season prematurely.

It has not been confirmed what bike the former MX2 World Champion will be riding we have heard a strong word around the traps that he may be on a Gieco Honda in 2012 AMA season.

"I'm really excited to race at a higher level in the states again," said the Kiwi said. "Ironically, the last time I raced supercross was at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2007, so it's been a while. The atmosphere racing in a stadium is exciting and I'm looking forward to doing it again."

The hybrid track, which will blend elements from both supercross and motocross, has many riders eager to see the final product.

"I'm excited to see what Ricky [Carmichael] and Jeremy [McGrath] have in store for us," added Townley. "The hybrid factor and general concept of this race is really interesting to me. I feel if there is a good balance between motocross and supercross it will make for some really interesting racing."

The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/motocross terrain and will have a tremendous motocross-style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross combined and created into the ultimate battleground.

The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, awarding the winner a $100,000 check, and for the "first time ever," $1 Million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.

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