Feld Motor Sports, the organizers of the Monster Energy Cup, confirmed today that TwoTwo Motorsports Honda's Chad Reed will indeed compete in this year's race, which is scheduled for October 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The race will be held at the Sam Boyd Stadium.
Reed has not competed since suffering multiple injuries - the worst to his knee - at the Dallas Supercross in February.
"On race day, it will have been eight-plus months since I have raced," said Reed. "It's been a lot of work with rehab, but I'm excited to get back to racing and to have my fitness at 100%. If I win a million bucks in Vegas - I mean - you just add it to the collection; it would be better in my bank account than anyone else's."
This year's race will feature an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. New to this year's track will be a 200' banked sweeping turn that will be built in the stands, two 11 rider starting gates split by 220' before they converge at the apex of the 300' start straight and the joker lane that riders will have to race through at least once during laps 2-10. After racing through these sections of the track, will battle on lanes that are built into the Monster Energy Fan Zone, which is located outside of the stadium. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three main events will take home $1 million.