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Dirt Wurx USA constructs one more epic Monster Energy SX track for the unbelievable ’11 season


Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium is sold out in advance for this Saturday night’s championship crowning action!

Photo: Rich Winkler cell

MONROE, N.Y. (May 6, 2011) – Rich Winkler’s been around supercross since Mike Goodwin was writing checks. And heading into this weekend’s 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship finals he’s never see a series come down to the wire where three different racers have a legitimate shot at the championship, with a fourth holding a slight chance to win as well.

Through the 16-race season the foundation of each thrill-producing event has been the Dirt Wurx USA designed and constructed tracks. From the SoCal series openers in Anaheim and San Diego, through the central and eastern U.S. stops and now back out west in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Monster Energy Supercross has lit up the American sports stadium motorsports circuit like never before in the sport’s near 40-year history.

“Me and Jim Holley were talking about his last week and neither of us though there’s ever been a time that we came into the final round with three guys having a legitimate shot and a fourth guy who’s not mathematically eliminated,” said Winkler. “And up ‘til last week there was really four guys with a shot until (James) Stewart crashed and burned.

“And (Ryan) Villopoto? Talk about a clutch ride when you really needed,” added Winkler on Villopoto’s Salt Lake City win last Saturday.

As for the Vegas track Winkler, in order to bring out the best in the four contenders (Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey along with RV & Stewart), and his Dirt Wurx USA crew have been at it since Monday on the floor and outside the horseshoe-end opening of Sam Boyd Stadium to create what amounts to a battlefield for the world’s top dirt bike warriors.

“It’s rough, tough and technical and everything’s big,” said Winkler. “With the Monster Jam running before us we ended up with ten to 15-percent more dirt on the floor waiting for us than we’ve ever had at Sam Boyd. So just the size of the obstacles will be impressive compared to what fans have been used to here.”

Another aspect of building a supercross track in what amounts to the middle of the desert is either dealing with skate park-like concrete hard and blue grooved surfaces, or soft, dusty material that turns to powder. But throughout the week Winkler and Dirt Wurx USA have been on top of this and are working to blend moisture with the existing dirt to make for the most optimal dirt surface this Saturday.

“We’ve left the surface of the track all unfinished and loose so it takes water – and we’ve been watering at night when the sun is off it so it has a chance to soak in before evaporating and leaving the top layer all hard and crusty,” said Winkler. “We’re also using a paraffin-based product called ‘Track Moist’ that allows the water to soak into the track more as opposed to laying on the top.”

The track design, which remains a secret until Saturday, will have a returning obstacle that Winkler says Vegas SX fans haven’t seen in more than a half decade. “We’re bringing back the over/under this year,” he said. “Which will allow for a little bit more overall interesting track design.”

As for picking an overall winner, Winkler was hesitant – but added “Obviously the two hungriest guys look to be Reed and Villopoto. But along the same lines the track suits Stewart well because he’s good at big stuff … and this track’s definitely BIG. I guess it’ll depend on Stewart’s mindset. He may come in just to prove a point, show he can still win the race. Realistically, the battle for the championship is between Villopoto and Reed.”

 

Dirt Wurx USA - the premier SX/MX track design and construction company in the world – is the exclusive supercross race track design and construction firm for Live Nation and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. With more than 18 years of global experience in the field, Dirt Wurx USA’s highly talented crew of designers and heavy equipment specialists not only build the world’s most visible tracks, but are also accessible for affordable track design and construction at the local level. For more information, please visit www.dirtwurx.com


High Profile Public Relations, LLC is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com. For more information, please visit www.highprofilepr.com.

 

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