On October 15, Monster Energy is putting on the world's richest Supercross race at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. Lured by a $250,000 purse, and the chance to take home $1 million by winning all three main events, the inaugural race is garnering tons of attention from riders and media alike. Big names already committed to the race are James Stewart, Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, Andrew Short, Kevin Windham, Mike Alessi, Josh Hansen, Ivan Tedesco, Dean Wilson, Brett Metcalfe and many more.
In a last-minute decision, Monster Energy added a "winner takes all" one-trick, Best Trick FMX contest, which will take place on a ramp and landing nestled in the middle of the Supercross track. Riders invited to compete for the $40,000 purse include three-time X Games gold medalist Kyle Loza, X Games 17 Best Trick winner Jackson Strong, Mark Monea, Cam Sinclair and Taka Higashino. With the super-talented line up, the contest has the potential to be epic, but the biggest draw has to be Loza and his unveiling of the illusive bike flip, which he had planned to throw at X Games until he injured his hand.
"I'm always working on a few new tricks because it's important for me to constantly be challenging myself, but the trick I'm bringing to Vegas is the only trick that breaks bones in the foam pit," said Loza. "It took me out on the day of X Games by trying to take my thumb off so we have a score to settle."
ESPN FMX met up with Loza while he was practicing the trick into his foam pit in Orange County, Calif. to discuss the Monster Energy cup, X Games, the bike flip and redemption.