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Format Changes Coming To 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Races at Angel Stadium of Anaheim
**Debut of New Triple Crown Showdown and Amateur Race Day events**
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to bring the world’s premier off-road motorcycle racing championship series to Anaheim on Saturday, January 6, 2018 for the annual debut race of the 2018 season (followed by a second Anaheim event on Saturday, January 20th ) – marking the start of the most exciting racing season of all-time as a new era of competition will change the battleground forever with several new format changes to the most competitive and highest-profile motorcycle racing championship in the world that has entertained millions of fans for 43 years! For the first time in over two decades, the 2018 season will debut an all-new points system to evenly allocate points over all 22 finishing positions. While the gap between 1st , 2nd and 3rd has not changed, the new points system will ensure that the race to the championship will be much more competitive throughout the season as the reward is greater for a better finish.
Also the elimination of semi races in qualifying for the Main Event will add further pressure to qualify as the world’s most elite endurance athletes will have just two chances to ensure a spot in the Main Event through one of two heat races or a last chance qualifier (LCQ). This year, the Top 9 in each heat will qualify directly into the Main Event while positions 10-20 will have one last chance to make it through the LCQ. Previously, only five positions would transfer to the Main Event from the heat races and all others would be transferred to a semi race. Eliminating the semi races will make for longer heat races and last chance qualifiers, allowing for more intense battles on the track for the fans.
From a fan’s perspective, the most anticipated change in 2018 will be the introduction of the Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown, a three-city Monster Energy Cup-style showdown hosted at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on January 20 (along with events in Atlanta & Minneapolis) where both the 250SX and 450SX Classes will compete in three Main Events. Qualifying races will deduce the field to the top 22 riders in each class and the 250SX Class will compete in 6-, 10- and 12-minute Main Events, while the 450SX Class will compete in 8-, 12- and 15-minute Main Events. An Olympic-style scoring method will be used to determine an overall winner in each class from all three Main Events where the lowest combined score at the end will be awarded the overall win.
Another 2018 season change includes the addition of the Supercross Amateur racing events in select markets including Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday, January 20, which will give amateur athletes in 27 classes their only chance to compete in the same venue on the same weekend as all of the professional Supercross riders.
WHEN: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Gates Open / Practice Qualifying starts at 12:00 PM Pit Party from 12:00 PM–6:00 PM Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 PM Racing starts at 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Gates Open / Practice Qualifying starts at 12:00 PM Pit Party from 12:00 PM–6:00 PM Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 PM Racing starts at 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Amateur Racing Day; venue opens at 8:00 AM
WHERE: Angel Stadium of Anaheim – 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806 TICKETS: Ticket prices start as low as $20! Pit Party passes are priced at just $10 (available in advance or at the gate) Sunday Amateur Race Day general admission tickets available for flat $20
Tickets Pit Passes are now on-sale and available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745- 3000; tickets are not currently available in-person at the Stadium Box Office until a later date. *ticket prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply
Without a past champion potentially on the gate in 2018, the international field is wide open for the world’s most elite athletes to become a first-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion. Along with all the new format changes, every track in 2018 will have a distinct personality that tells the story of each city’s Supercross history. At each Monster Energy Supercross event, fans are treated to unprecedented access to the sport’s multimillion-dollar athletes, their teams and sponsors while getting a behind-the- scenes look at the daylong, pre-race Pit Party, which opens Saturday afternoon at 12PM and costs $10 at the gate. Or get FREE access by simply recycling an empty can of Monster Energy (valid race event ticket required for entry). Fans are encouraged to sign up for the official Monster Energy Newsletter via the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, www.SupercrossLive.com, for up to date ticket information and promotional offers.