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C50_gd2_logo_1496892656 GD2 Quote
10/5/2017 9:54 AM

First 13 (of 24) riders have been announced:

Ryan Villopoto
Chad Reed
Ronnie Mac
Mike Brown
Ryan Sipes
Marvin Musquin
Broc Tickle
Josh Hansen
Colton Haaker
Shane McElrath
Jordon Smith
Alex Martin
Josh Hill

The remaining riders for the Open, Lites, and 2-Stroke classes will be announced soon.

Santa Monica, Calif. (October 5, 2017) – Red Bull Straight Rhythm will return to Fairplex in Pomona on October 21, and this time will feature a new class and some new faces. In its fourth year, the event will continue the format started last year where practice, qualifying and racing will all take place on the same day, with the finals taking place at night under the lights. Red Bull Straight Rhythm has become known as an event that breaks the Supercross/motocross mold, as it features head-to-head racing, no turns, and multiple classes not found anywhere else. Tickets are still available at redbull.com/straightrhythm and the event will air live on Red Bull TV.

As previously announced, Ken Roczen will host (but not race) the Two-Stroke Shootout, an eight- man, two-stroke-only class. Confirmed riders in that class include four-time Supercross and three- time motocross champion Ryan Villopoto and two-time Supercross and motocross champion Chad Reed. This will mark the first U.S. race for Villopoto since his retirement in July 2015 – and the first time he’s ever raced a two-stroke in competition. Reed hasn’t raced a two-stoke in twelve years - since the 2005 Supercross season. Other riders in the two-stroke class include motocross/endurocross rider Mike Brown, fan favorite Ronnie Mac, and former Supercross/motocross and current GNCC racer Ryan Sipes.

In addition, the event will once again contain a Lites Class (250cc and below) and an Open Class (greater that 250cc), and this year these classes will contain eight riders each. In the Open Class, the riders announced today include 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm Open Class Champion Marvin Musquin, newly minted Red Bull KTM rider Broc Tickle, returning racer Josh Hansen and 2016 AMA EnduroCross National Champion Colton Haaker. The Lites Class will feature 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm Lites Champion Shane McElrath, 2016 third place finisher Jordon Smith, Alex Martin and Josh Hill. Josh Hill will once again be at the helm of the Alta Motors Redshift MX electric bike, which has received chassis development, weight reduction and suspension tuning since taking fourth place last year. The remaining riders for the Two-Stroke, Open and Lites classes will be announced shortly.
An evolution of the sport of Supercross, Red Bull Straight Rhythm features head-to-head racing on a 1⁄2 mile rhythm track with no turns. Red Bull Straight Rhythm debuted in 2014 at the Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex in Pomona, and saw James Stewart win in the Open Class, with Marvin Musquin taking home the top spot in the Lites Class. In 2015, James Stewart defended his title, once again landing on the top of the podium in the Open Class, with his brother Malcolm taking first place in the Lites Class. Last year, Marvin Musquin returned to the event and dominated the Open Class, with Shane McElrath taking the win in the Lites Class. Straight Rhythm takes place as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive and innovative events in action sports.

Each single-day ticket gives access to practice, qualifying and the finals. With over 10,000 grandstand seats, plus an infield, spectators will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience while watching an all-out sprint to the finish line. For those that need a break from the action, spectators will also have access to the race pits, numerous concessions and side acts throughout the day, offering something for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at redbull.com/straightrhythm.

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C50_18290113_1019998028136411_1270589478_o_1493931076 Motofinne Quote
10/5/2017 10:03 AM

Sweet! The 2-strokes are basically the only thing i care about in this event haha, it will be awesome! RV vs Reed!

C50_1_1432355201 NV825 Quote
10/5/2017 10:05 AM

Awesome! I won't be able to make it down to watch it live but I'll definitely be watching it online.

C50_3rdranger2_1380131093 RangerLee Quote
10/5/2017 10:06 AM

RV vs Reed, cant wait. Ronnie Mac there too, hell yeah.

Will there be an Alta again this year? If so can it race in the Lites class?

C50_v8_1481571558 LumpDog841 Quote
10/5/2017 10:08 AM
Motofinne wrote:

Sweet! The 2-strokes are ...more

Seriously, would love to see RV out there on his SR250 that he rode in the TWMX premix videos.

C50_18290113_1019998028136411_1270589478_o_1493931076 Motofinne Quote
10/5/2017 10:11 AM

One more thing to say, i hope they do a proper "track" this year. I don't know why but i feel like the first year had the most interesting track. But that might be because it was a brand new concept then.

The recent ones have been a bit dare i say it, "meeh".

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10/5/2017 10:20 AM
Motofinne wrote:

One more thing to say, i ...more

They came up with the concept so I trust they will do a good job. It's also nice that Red-bull's creative vision isn't hindered by Feld or other ruling body.

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10/5/2017 10:24 AM
RangerLee wrote:

RV vs Reed, cant wait. ...more

"The Lites Class will feature 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm Lites Champion Shane McElrath, 2016 third place finisher Jordon Smith, Alex Martin and Josh Hill. Josh Hill will once again be at the helm of the Alta Motors Redshift MX electric bike"

C50_cr3a6017_600x400_1489959416 jorgechavez Quote
10/5/2017 10:29 AM

Always been a big RV fan but Chad has him covered on 2 strokes!

C50_avavitsx_1504124702 dsmith Quote
10/5/2017 10:38 AM

poto will make more fans watch this year!!!

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C50_lawrence_and_osbourne_1506860407 Underground Quote
10/5/2017 10:49 AM

Interesting how RB can get these guys on the track for their event but ME hasn't. Who they're sponsored by

C50_tumblr_lr9kquj9vu1qzna74o1_500 early Quote
10/5/2017 10:55 AM
Underground wrote:

Interesting how RB can get ...more

I think the answer is FUN! MEC is 3X10 laps go for broke. RBSR is 45 seconds who cares if you lose.

C50_23_1507133462 Squirtlege Quote
10/5/2017 10:57 AM

This is awesome!

C50_image_1499104766 JWACK Quote
10/5/2017 11:00 AM

Makes me want to drink a redbull!

C50_18290113_1019998028136411_1270589478_o_1493931076 Motofinne Quote
10/5/2017 11:03 AM
Underground wrote:

Interesting how RB can get ...more

It's because it takes the absolute minimal effort level to do the "race"(i see it more as a show/exhibition race).

One run is like 30-40(?) seconds and it's just a fun thing to do.

MEC is a real race.

C50_115526380_1231183261 miketherider Quote
10/5/2017 12:15 PM

Red Bull paying riders to come, so at least at the end it's no out of pocket for them. And, it's a fun race. Be fun to watch.

C50_ignition_system_points_1468974232 Dirty Points Quote
10/5/2017 12:28 PM

Interesting also that there's a little discipline diversity in there with Sipes, Haaker, Brownie

C50_avatar_1460216776 kevin204 Quote
10/5/2017 1:23 PM

Is this the first time that we’ve seen Monster athletes at SR?

'15 450SXF, '90 YZ490

Canadian MX race links: http://kevin204.blogspot.com/

C50_ignition_system_points_1468974232 Dirty Points Quote
10/5/2017 1:30 PM
kevin204 wrote:

Is this the first time ...more

No.

C50_61370_matiasevich_dc_1406597427 reynardfan1 Quote
10/5/2017 2:35 PM

Did someone say two strokes?

C50_me_1507114769 #76 Quote
10/5/2017 2:36 PM

Ronnie Mac!, man I just can't wait to see that....along with Chad & RV riding.

.....the Stewart's?.....anyone....anyone...

2017 KTM 450 23.0 hrs.
YZF-R1 2007

C50_20140708_232431_1441151404 MattyVicious Quote
10/5/2017 2:41 PM

Reed vs mac

C50_millvillee_1395781425 SKlein Quote
10/5/2017 2:44 PM
dsmith wrote:

poto will make more fans ...more

I heard the kid has a lot of potential. Excited to see if he can take that next step.

Might order a pizza, take a nap, doesn't really matter.

C50_hudson_450_3_1495151700 Travis_Hudson Quote
10/5/2017 3:27 PM

RV raced a 250 two stroke his whole 2005 amateur season. He was a bad ass on that thing.

Did i do that?

C50 Dave #125 Quote
10/5/2017 3:32 PM

CR22 on an old steel framed CR250 mcgrath replica??

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10/5/2017 3:35 PM
C50_avatar_1460216776 kevin204 Quote
10/5/2017 3:43 PM

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ4a8D5l0qw/

'15 450SXF, '90 YZ490

Canadian MX race links: http://kevin204.blogspot.com/

C50_3rdranger2_1380131093 RangerLee Quote
10/5/2017 4:52 PM
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10/5/2017 8:58 PM
jorgechavez wrote:

Always been a big RV fan ...more

lol

C50_maverick_5_1427904926 -MAVERICK- Quote
10/8/2017 9:50 AM

Pumped to finally see him on a 250. Now I just wished he raced it outdoors.

“Goose, it’s time to buzz the tower.”

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