|ESPN.com: FMX||[Print without images]|
|Monea left Vegas with $40,000 and Loza left with more ambition to land the bike flip. Launch gallery »|
Las Vegas, money and a good time go hand in hand, which is why Monster Energy and Feld Entertainment teamed up to bring us the first-ever Monster Energy Cup. Giving birth to the Monster Energy Cup was the US Open of Supercross -- also put on by Feld -- which at the time, put up the largest amount of loot with $100,000 going to the winner. But with the US Open gone, the 2011 Monster Energy Cup gave riders the chance to win $1 million -- the biggest purse in motocross history. To win it, a single rider needed to win three back-to-back-to-back 10-lap races. Easy enough, right? Well it was for Monster's own Ryan Villopoto who swept all three main events.
Best Trick presented by Dirt Shark was also a main attraction at the Monster Energy Cup, putting Kyle Loza, Todd Potter, Mark Monea, Cam Sinclair and Jackson Strong against each other in a winner take all, $40,000 throw down. To decide the winner, these five athletes were given one single jump to pull their craziest trick. What went down was nothing short of epic, as Monea pulled his signature Carry On for the first time-ever in competition, taking the cool $40,000 back home to Australia.
Click here to peep the photos from the history-making night.