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DIRT WURX USA writes yet another chapter in its storied supercross history book

Another banner year on the 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship tour for the all-star DIRT WURX USA crew

picMONROE, N.Y. (June 11, 2014) – With summer underway, memories of the bright lights and packed stadiums, tight racing and yet another thrilling season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, slowly yield to the far off din of four stroke motors thumping about on the outdoor tracks across the United States.

DIRT WURX USA, the design and construction company of record for Monster Supercross, completed yet another banner year of building the technical masterpiece supercross tracks. This, as well as tactfully tearing down those same tracks and moving them out of the million-to-billion dollar stadiums, leaving nary a pebble in their wake as they moved from city to city, from one end of the United States – and Canada – to another.

picTwo-thousand fourteen would feature many new enhancements on the floor of the Monster Supercross events, no doubt elevating the fan experience for the hundreds of thousands of supercross enthusiasts that flock to the 17-round series year after year. Challenging, no doubt, for the DIRT WURX USA crew, the team – led by Chris Blankenship – and working in concert with Feld Motor Sports’ Dave Prater and Tim Phend, would ratchet up the level of professionalism again to create the world’s premier stadium motorsport event.

“Feld incorporated a lot of new stuff on the floor, giving the events a cooler look,” explained Rich Winkler, DIRT WURX USA’s founder & owner. “It was a bit of a learning curve for us, but it definitely added to the live event, along with what fans saw at home on TV.”

Track construction in 2014 was fortunate not to be met with the extreme foul weather conditions that had plagued the series in recent years. Though travel routes got a bit crazy, there was also some fast-acting on DIRT WURX USA’s behalf to get the floor down, dirt in and tracks built and covered ahead of any possible inclement weather. But, according to Winkler, overall it was a smooth series – thanks much, again, to the synergy between the DIRT WURX USA crew and Feld’s team, which showcased the track design wizardry of DIRT WURX USA’s Bobby Childers, Corey Arnold and Alex Gillespie.

Ipicf one was pressed to point out a single highlight for the DIRT WURX USA crew in 2014, you’d have to give the nod to the New York event at East Rutherford’s (N.J.) MetLife Stadium. A homecoming of sorts for the New York native Winkler, the New York Supercross was a smashing success, drawing one of the season’s largest crowds and – finally – bringing the sport of supercross back to the great fans of the northeast.

Other track highlights in 2014 included: Retro night in Anaheim; the Pontiac throwback feature that went up into the stands at the Detroit Supercross; the completely new “Twister” section in Atlanta; several split lanes at multiple venues, which were difficult for the DIRT WURX USA crew to design, making them all fair and even. “All these efforts created a good mix of tracks in 2014,” said Winkler


For the riders, Winkler said Ryan Villopoto was a “true champion,” building from early season podiums to late season dominance. He (Winkler) also noted Ken Roczen atop the 450 class podium a couple times in his first full year in the class; the coronation of Justin Brayton in the 450 class; James Stewart recording numerous wins and flashes of the brilliance that endears him to fans around the world; the resurgence of Chad Reed, along with Ryan Dungey always being there in the hunt (but looking for that little extra); And the up-and-coming efforts of Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn. And in the 250 class Jason Anderson and Cole Seely gave fans some season-long drama to follow.

Up next for DIRT WURX USA is the Las Vegas Monster Energy Cup event in October. In the meantime Winkler and his team will be chipping away at the 2015 track designs throughout the summer with the Feld team.

For more information on Monster Energy Supercross, including the new 2015 schedule and ticket information, link to: www.supercrossonline.com

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About DIRT WURX USA

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 Feld Motor Sports and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. With nearly 25 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

 


Aysling 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, Aysling’s Pat Schutte can be reached at patschutte@aysling.com

 

 

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