Feld Announces VIP Experiences for Supercross

Feld Announces VIP Experiences for Supercross

Last week, Feld Entertainment announced special access for supercross fans for the 2018 supercross series. Through a series of different opportunities, supercross fans can now view the sport like never before. No other sport has these types of experiences available to the average fan and for that I commend Feld.

Among the opportunities is a special Super VIP Experience, an Opening Ceremonies Package, a FOX (TV) Experience, a Press Conference experience, a Race Day live experience, an in-venue message opportunity, and 2 separate track walk opportunities.

What I see as the real bargain in this list is the track walk opportunity. At only $75.00 per person, guests can walk the track and be on the floor of the stadium. This unprecedented view will give you a true understanding of how difficult the tracks are, a view you cannot comprehend from the seats of your couch at home.

So if you want to take a closer look at supercross, check out one of these great experiences.

Complete press release from Feld Entertainment

Special Access Packages for Ultimate Supercross Fans

ELLENTON, Fla., (January 10, 2018) – Feld Entertainment® is proud to announce new fan VIP Experiences for 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

As the most competitive and highest-profile motorcycle racing championship in the world, Monster Energy Supercross has entertained millions for 43 years. This season, fans will have the opportunity to purchase individual VIP experiences that give enthusiasts access to behind-the-scenes action on race day.

For the ultimate fan, the Super VIP Experience package ($400) will provide special access to the Monster Energy Supercross Pits and Paddock area before and after the public at each event. This package, which is limited to 15 people per event, also includes a rare opportunity to visit the Supercross start gate and main stage on the track for photo opportunities and an exclusive look behind the scenes of one of the top Supercross race team haulers, plus a star athlete meet and greet. Purchasers also receive a limited-edition VIP credential and lanyard along with a swag bag of official Monster Energy Supercross merchandise.

The VIP Opening Ceremonies package ($200) is one of the most popular VIP experience for fans attending the opening ceremonies at each round of Monster Energy Supercross. Up to 20 fans will have the chance to be escorted to the main stage area where they will be right in the middle of rider introductions and the first Heat Race start.

The VIP SX on FOX Experience package ($150) takes fans behind the scenes to the TV “compound” for a live look-in to see what it takes to produce Monster Energy Supercross LIVE on FOX. This package, which is limited to 10 people, will provide fans an exclusive opportunity to learn about the broadcast, take pictures inside of the production facilities and then enjoy a meet and greet with SX on FOX hosts, Ralph Sheheen, Supercross legend Jeff Emig and pit reporter Jenny Taft.

The VIP Post-Race Press Conference package ($100) provides reserved seating for the official post-race press conferences at select events. Up to 10 fans will have a special behind-the-scenes experience with prominent level access to hear and see the rider’s emotions and witness the press and industry questions directly after the race.

The VIP Race Day Live Experience package ($100) includes a special access pass to the live broadcast of Race Day Live. Up to 10 fans per event will have the opportunity to meet the hosts, Daniel Blair and Jim “Hollywood” Holley, take pictures of the live set and get autographs.

The VIP In-Venue Message package ($75) provides a chance to wish Happy Birthday, pop the question, say thanks to a special someone or display any personal message you want everyone to see. The message, which can be accommodated for up to 25 people per event, will appear throughout the stadium on the venue ribbon boards, digital scoreboard or official race LED boards.

The Track Walk 1 package ($75) is an ultimate up-close experience of the Monster Energy Supercross race track. This package, which is limited to 35 people per event, includes a track tour with numerous opportunities to take pictures and an unprecedented view of the race surface at the halfway point of practice and timed qualifying.

The Track Walk 2 package ($75) is an ultimate up-close experience of the Monster Energy Supercross race track. This package, which is limited to 35 people per event, includes a track tour with numerous opportunities to take pictures and an unprecedented view of the race surface after qualifying and before the evening race program begins.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log onto SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow via social channels:

Facebook: facebook.com/supercrosslive
Twitter: twitter.com/supercrosslive
Instagram: instagram.com/supercrosslive
YouTube: youtube.com/supercrosslive

 

Suzuki Withdraws from MXGP and All Japan MX

Suzuki Withdraws from MXGP and All Japan MX

In an announcement made public last week Suzuki Motor Corporation confirmed that they were pulling out of MXGP and All Japan Motocross activities. Now, this may come as a surprise to many but the rumor has been floating around out there the last couple of month.

With an all-new RMZ450 for 2018, this announcement seems to come at an odd time. For most OEM’s racing is a large portion of their marketing of the brand. Not only for the specific models but for the brand as a whole. In the old days  “Win on Sunday and sell on Monday” was a common marketing plan to get the brand out there, with this action what kind of marketing effort will the OEM put on the new machine in the global market? Without a presence in international racing will they instead rely on the success of the newly announced JGR racing effort to market the machine?

The other question will be in the development of a new RMZ250 and the continued development of the RMZ450. Traditionally the MXGP and All Japan series both allowed for a manufacturer to test and develop new technology away from the United States racing restrictions.

Suzuki Motor Corporation did something very similar several years ago when they got out of MotoGP to allow themselves time to regroup and then return to competition.

I guess time will tell if this is a similar move or a step away from racing.

Read the complete Suzuki announcement below.

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION – MXGP AND ALL JAPAN MX STATEMENT

Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend the FIM World MXGP Championship and All Japan Motocross activities from 2018.

Suzuki Motor Corporation, having reviewed its Motorcycle operations to focus on the core business functions and restructuring of our motorcycle business, concluded to suspend the MXGP activities from 2018.

Suzuki will continue to produce RM-Z250 and 450 series and support those customers the entire world.

Suzuki expresses its great appreciation to sponsors and fans around the world for their strong support to its activities. The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the Racing activities.

The Business of Racing – Ryan Villopoto to Answer

The Business of Racing – Ryan Villopoto to Answer

In a press release announced on October 19th. After a long association with motocross clothing company, Thor. Multi-time and retired champion Ryan Villopoto has signed with Answer Racing. The move has raised some eyebrows within the sport as Villopoto was a Thor lifer having worn the brand during his entire professional career and from what I recall a good portion of his amateur career as well.

With the business of racing in mind, it seems as though Thor and their parent company Parts Unlimited (LeMans) no longer saw the value in keeping Villopoto around as an ambassador. So does this move hurt Thor in their overall sales? After all, they have Monster Cup Millionaire Marvin Musquin wearing their gear, perhaps it was time to cut ties with the old and focus on the new.

The real question is does the signing of Villopoto make you want to go out and get Answer gear? What is the current state of his fan base? The last time Villopoto competed in a US professional event was 2014 and his 2015 MXGP season didn’t go according to plan so you have to wonder at this decision by both Answer and Thor.

I guess the bigger question that deserves some attention is the use of retired racers as brand ambassadors. How long after they stop competing are they still relevant to the customer base. Does their on-track success matter as much as them personally?

I’m curious to know what you think and to see how this will play out.

Business of Racing – Mike Emery Photographer

Business of Racing – Mike Emery Photographer

The business of racing is a wide and vast one. In addition to the upfront jobs like rider and TV personality, there are so many behind the scenes ones that are no less important. The people behind the scenes bringing you the action and information are the journalist and photographers of the sport. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to get to know many of these creative artists and truly admire the work that they do.

As a photographer and journalist myself, I understand the time spent writing the articles and editing the photos to deliver the final result.

Mike Emery at Transworld MX recently wrote about his journey and I thought it would be appropriate to share the link. Check it out.

Filling Rectangles by Mike Emery

Monster Energy Supercross 2018 Schedule Announced

Monster Energy Supercross 2018 Schedule Announced

This post previously appeared on NJ Motocross on 6/13/17.

This morning, Feld Entertainment announced the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross schedule. Gone from the 2017 tour are New Jersey, Detroit, and Toronto and added are a return trip to Houston and Boston (Foxborough) as well as a new stop in Tampa. While I’m glad that the New England round returns, I’m going to miss the short drive to Met Life for Supercross. The addition of the Tampa round is intriguing, supercross has never done very well there but with the Feld Entertainment office just up the road, I guess it makes sense. Plus, the teams will have a nice couple of weeks in the southeast for Tampa, Atlanta and Daytona. That should help with the truck drivers schedule.

Take a look at the schedule below and the Feld Entertainment press release.

2018 Monster Energy Supercross Schedule

ELLENTON, Fla.– Feld Entertainment® announced today the 17-race schedule for the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season beginning January 6 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Headlining the 2018 changes are three new markets for motorsports fans to witness the premier off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world.

The 2018 schedule provides greater access with eight races in the Mountain or West Coast time zones and nine in the Central or East Coast. Destinations include a return to Foxborough after a one-year hiatus and a visit back to Houston, last event in 2015. The brand-new Super Bowl-sized Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be one of the premier races as the series swings through the Southeast and also stops in Tampa for the first time since 1999. This change will be a highlight as Florida is now home to many of the top Supercross athletes including Chad Reed, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, and Malcolm Stewart.

Going into its fifth year, all of the racing will continue to be broadcast on the FOX family of networks. Monster Energy Supercross concluded 2017 with a record-breaking TV season in which Supercross had its largest audience of all time with ratings up 13 percent year-over-year.

2018 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE

DATE CITY VENUE
January 6 Anaheim, CA Angel Stadium
January 13 Houston, TX NRG Stadium
January 20 Anaheim, CA Angel Stadium
January 27 Glendale, AZ U. of Phoenix Stadium
February 3 Oakland, CA Oakland Aameda Coliseum
February 10 San Diego, CA Petco Park
February 17 Arlington, TX AT&T Stadium
February 24 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium
March 3 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium
March 10 Daytona, FL Daytona Intl. Speedway
March 17 St. Louis, MO Dome at America’s Center
March 24 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium
April 7 Seattle, WA Centurylink Field
April 14 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
April 21 Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium
April 28 Salt Lake City, UT Rice-Eccles Stadium
May 5 Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium

“Monster Energy Supercross draws nearly 50,000 fans on average per race and more than 800,000 fans experienced the spectacle in person last season,” said Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President, Feld Entertainment. “Our goal is the ontinued growth of the sport and with this schedule we believe we can surpass the 1 million mark in live attendance in 2018. Hosting races in more of the country’s larger capacity stadiums around the U.S. will allow us to expand the reach of the sport.”  

“The athletes of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, are among the most skilled and talented in the world and this schedule provides a worthy showcase for what certainly will be another season of stellar racing,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “As we saw in the recently wrapped up 2017 season, the race for the coveted 2018 AMA Supercross No. 1 plate will begin in Anaheim and most likely extend through the finale in Las Vegas. We are pleased to continue to partner with Feld Entertainment on bringing the most exciting indoor motorsport on the planet to race fans, as well as the AMA amateur racers across America who hope to one day line up for an AMA Supercross Main Event.”   The unparalleled fan experience of Monster Energy Supercross isn’t over for 2017 just yet. Fans can expect an epic battle among the sport’s top competitors at the Monster Energy Cup on October 14 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas where racers compete for the largest purse in motorcycle racing, a $1 million payout.   Tickets for the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season will go on sale Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

“With the retirement of reigning Supercross World Champion Ryan Dungey, we can expect to see a thrilling competition among the many excellent riders vying to become his successor,” said FIM President Vito Ippolito. “Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, Davi Millsaps, Blake Baggett, Cole Seeley, Dean Wilson, Chad Reed and Cooper Webb – to name but a few – are among those who will have to stand up to the rigors of a demanding series that will spread over 17 events if they are to emerge on top. As always, Feld Entertainment has set the scene for a new campaign that will take off in Anaheim next January and end in Las Vegas in May. So, who will be the next Champion of Supercross? Only time will tell, but we can be sure that there will be some hugely exciting action along the way.”