Carmichael has elected to keep most of last year’s track elements, reverse the layout and, quite simply, go bigger.
“After last year’s race, we immediately rolled up our sleeves and began working on the next generation of this track,” said five-time Supercross champion Carmichael. “I didn’t want to change the dynamics of it but wanted to fine tune what already made for one of the greatest tracks I have ever seen, and coming away from last year’s race, I knew the joker lane was a must-have.”
The track will once again feature the joker lane, a unique split start and a 33-degree banked turn built into the stands, but Carmichael didn’t stop there.
Instead of one high-speed sweeper, there will be two; the 80′ triple will grow to 100′; and the split start will now direct riders onto the track at a 45-degree angle.
“Adding the distance and extra sweeper is what the Monster Energy Cup is about,” said Carmichael. “This is the perfect blend of air and speed, and what is unique is that each Main Event is only 10 laps, so everyone will be fast.”
The Monster Energy Cup will air live on FOX Sports 2 Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. The following day, FOX Sports 1 will re-air the entire race at 1 p.m. ET.