At each Monster Energy Cup, some of the most exciting battles of the evening take place in the Amateur All-Star and Supermini classes. Comprised of the hottest up-and-coming talent in America, the skill level demonstrated by these younger athletes is always astonishing and serves as a pleasant reminder that the future of Supercross looks very strong.
As exciting as the classes are for fans, the opportunity for the kids to race in front of 40,000 people on live TV is an amazing experience and one that each competitor lists as a pinnacle in their young careers. Let’s break down both dynamic classes a bit further:
Composed of the best 250 A and B racers in the country, the list of names who have raced and won in this division reads like a who’s who of today’s 250SX Supercross stars. Adam Cianciarulo is a former winner of the MEC Supermini class who graduated and put in a strong showing in the Amateur All-Star division in 2012. How much did his experience in the Monster Energy Cup amateur classes help his career? Well, Adam won the first Supercross he ever entered in 2014 and, as a member of the powerful Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki organization, he won the 2017 Dave Coombs Sr. 250SX East/West Showdown last May.
Another example is Cooper Webb who competed in this class before going on to back-to-back 250SX Western Region Supercross titles.
Then, there is Jordon Smith, who charged hard in this class in 2013 and has since gone on to become a factory rider with the Troy Lee Designs KTM squad. Oh, yeah, Smith won the first two 250SX Main Events of his career this past season.
On down the list, we see Aaron Plessinger, who is a former Amateur All-Star winner and now multi-time Monster Energy Supercross 250SX winner.
Austin Forkner remains the only undefeated racer in the history of Monster Energy Cup. The Missouri native has won the Supermini class twice and also dominated the Amateur All-Star race in 2015. Many pundits pick Forkner as the next big thing in Monster Energy Supercross.
In a nutshell, this class is made up of young men on the cusp of their pro careers. Their lap times aren’t very far off the Cup class and this is an MEC feature that you don’t want to miss.
Ah, the screaming two-stroke buzz bombs of the Supermini class! Each year of the MEC, this class has the capacity crowd standing and roaring in approval.
Racers between the ages of 13-16 climb aboard mini Supercross missiles and race their hearts out. For most of the participants, the MEC is their first taste of a Supercross-style track. However, this doesn’t hold them back from jumping virtually all of the larger obstacles and racing as hard as their older counterparts. Two names to keep in mind in the Supermini class are Stylez Robertson and Carson Mumford. The two put on a show last year, passing back and forth for the lead in what was arguably the best race of the night.
There is a lot of action packed into the night of racing at the Monster Energy Cup, and the heart and determination shown by these two divisions of amateur speedsters will have you on the edge of your seat.