Something is off with the once mega-spectacular MEC.

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Remember when the first running of the Monster Energy Cup came around? It was like the Superbowl of Motocross for the first time, all over again. The excitement surrounding the event was insane! It was supposed to be a super prestigious, invite-only event which would combine the best of Supercross and upscale the obstacles, send the riders out of the stadium into a more “roots of motocross” section of race track, which also worked as a lure to get top stars of the GP series to come over for the event. It all sounded so good.
We saw a few falters in that inaugural year. It didn’t really draw the GP stars, the outside “motocrossy” section never really had much of a chance of filling that description (and it didn’t) but all in all, the event really was special and served it’s intended role; as a revamped US Open and...
I never thought a series of events could take place where I would not only accept but claim an asterisk in racing.

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I looooooong ago took a totally hardline stance regarding the asterisk in racing. I hated it. Believed it to be a bitch-move to claim it and just a catch-all excuse for any race result not ending how said “asterisk-claimee” wished it had, to cling to like a safety net.
Trust me, I’ve thought about this complete flip flop long and hard. And I am someone who prides myself on my pragmatism and logic when coming to conclusions and hardening my resolve into, typically, unwavering belief. It’s just that this instance involving Jason Anderson’s horrific pummeling following the 2nd race of the 2016 MXdN is essentially the silver bullet to my “no asterisks in racing” mantra.
I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty of pointing fingers of blame and all that, that...

It’s Monster’s worst nightmare. Getting what they asked for.

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There is no mistaking that the consensus in the PulpMX headquarters as well as probably every other nook and cranny of motocross-fandom, is that the Motocross Des Nations MATTERS! To the grizzled veterans of MX past, it matters. Unfortunately, as dictated by decisions made and subsequent actions, it does not matter to some key top riders nor their key sponsors and/or teams.
They can claim it matters but Monster Energy showed exactly what they think of the Motocross Des Nations by requiring Eli Tomac to line up for the USGP’s and making the MXdN elective. It’s really hard for me to wrap my brain around this. What is the ffing point of making US-series racers line up for utterly meaningless races on US soil in a series they have no skin in? To gain fan attention? Ha! Fan turnout was abysmal DESPITE Eli Tomac...