ELLENTON, Fla. – As anticipation for the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season builds, Feld Entertainment Inc. has revealed the cities and dates for both the Triple Crown and East/West Showdown events.
The Triple Crown, introduced last season, take place in three different cities – Anaheim, Detroit and Houston – while the East/West Showdowns occur in Atlanta and Las Vegas.
Eli Tomac is the defending Supercross Triple Crown champion and recently banked $1 million for winning the Monster Energy Cup for the second time in his career.
“We’re really looking forward to defending the Triple Crown Championship in 2019,” said Tomac. “The team was excited to take home the inaugural championship last year, and the three Main Event format is the same as the Monster Energy Cup, which we just recently won. Of course, the goal is always to win the overall Supercross championship, but these races should be fun for the fans because they are short, fast and intense.”
The Triple Crown, set for Angel Stadium on Jan. 19, Ford Field on Feb. 23 and NRG Stadium on March 30, allows fans to see their favorite athletes race even more than on a typical night of Monster Energy Supercross.
Instead of just one Main Event, the three Main Event format, originally introduced eight years ago at the Monster Energy Cup, has continued to thrill fans as athletes are featured three times throughout the night.
Qualifying races will reduce the field to the top 22 racers in each class, where an Olympic-style scoring system will be used to determine an overall winner and championship points are awarded based on the overall finish.
Two 250SX Class East/West Showdowns will continue to double the excitement, taking place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on March 2 and Sam Boyd Stadium on May 4.
Fans will see 22 of the fastest riders from both regions of the 250SX Class championship, who usually don’t compete together, battling each other for victory. The main event will be the first and only time throughout the night that all of the 250SX Class stars will line up on the gate for a 15-minute plus one lap feature where the winner takes all.
“I think the East/West Showdowns are really cool and a fun change in the schedule, especially for the fans,” said Christian Craig of GEICO Honda. “The best part is probably finding out which coast is more dominant or if they are pretty even.”
The 2019 season is shaping up to be one of the most-anticipated in recent history, with four rookies jumping up to the premier class in Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy, Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Hill and both regional 250SX class champions in Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne and Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger.
The quartet will all make their 450SX Class debuts at Angel Stadium on Jan. 5.
Adding to the competition will be Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin and newly-signed teammate Cooper Webb, Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia and Smartop Bullfrog Spas Honda’s Malcolm Stewart.