three-moto format in Vegas, the odds were against the oft- inconsistent Stewart. After James struggled in the first race and only managed an eighth-place finish, it appeared as though there would be no joy in Mudville for the Stewart camp. The droves of energy drink-swill- ing fans witnessed James Stewart have a revelation in the second 10-lap moto after he nailed the holeshot. With first moto winner Ryan Villopoto in tow, Bubba maintained a close advantage. Then, in classic Stewart fashion, the two-time Supercross champ unleashed a massive triple through a rhythm section that no one else had done all day. It appeared as though the gamble would pay off, as he widened his lead. However, Ryan Villopoto, the consummate competitor, responded by boosting the same jump. It would lead to his eventual demise.
A DISTRAUGHT DUNGEY SMACKED HIMSELF IN THE HELMET. FELD ENTERTAINMENT SUBSEQUENTLY SMACKED HIM WITH A FIVE-POSITION PENALTY.
Since the race is a one-off event, and because Feld Entertainment is the same controlling entity of the event as they are the Supercross series, the promoting magnate takes the opportunity to test new ideas. There is the split start, where the class is split into two gates ( 11 racers each), which is interesting in thought, but hasn’t come with its share of malfunc- tions. Both gates are supposed to drop at exactly the same time, but instead, at this year’s running of the Monster Cup, the gates failed to fall together twice (and once last year). Boos filled Sam Boyd Stadium as the fans grew restless with the shenanigans. Another concept put into play was the so-called Joker Lane. Introduced in 2012, the goal was to shake up the racing by forcing each rider to take an extra section of track once per moto. Strategy came into play. The leader would often try to build a gap over the competition and take the slower A 450 typically has the effect of calming down the aggressive riding style of 250 riders. That might not be the case with Ken Roczen. K-Roc has speed and style on the KTM 450SXF.