Roczen, Stewart Top Qualifying at Straight Rhythm

October 10, 2015 10:45am | by:
Roczen, Stewart Top Qualifying at Straight Rhythm

Qualifying concluded Friday at the second-annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm at Pomona Raceway. Timed practice yesterday determined today's seeds (1-16), with riders going head-to-head in a best two of three format with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The higher seed will have the choice of which side they want to run. In the Lites Class, qualifying determined today’s seed (1-8), eliminating six riders.

Ken Roczen, who underwent back surgery after the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross finale, looks 100 percent, qualifying first with a time of 42.336. Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross champion Ryan Dungey finished a close second with a time of 42.835. Both riders are competing at the event for the first time.

In his first race back following a sixteen-month suspension, James Stewart qualified third with a time of 43.025. Justin Brayton, who finished runner-up to Stewart last year, finished fourth. Dean Wilson, Josh Hansen, Kyle Partridge, Vince Friese, Andrew Short and Kyle Chisholm would round out the top 10.

Ken Roczen will not have to face either James Stewart or Ryan Dungey until the final. Dungey and Stewart, if they were to advance that far, will face off in the semi-finals.

Open class qualifying times:

  1. Ken Roczen - 42.336
    2. Ryan Dungey - 42.835
    3. James Stewart - 43.025
    4. Justin Brayton - 43.502
    5. Dean Wilson - 43.521
    6. Josh Hansen - 44.117
    7. Kyle Partridge - 44.405
    8. Vince Friese - 44.425
    9. Andrew Short - 44.802
    10. Kyle Chisholm - 44.901
    11. Mike Alessi - 45.285
    12. Thomas Ramette - 45.925
    13. Adam Enticknap - 46.921
    14. Nick Schmidt - 48.593
    15. Deven Raper - 49.006
    16. Tevin Tapia - 52.729
Open bracket.
Open bracket.

In the Lites Class, Malcolm Stewart, who pushed his brother James to the edge in the Open Class last year, has moved down to the 250 and topped qualifying with a 44.108. Lucas Oil/Red Bull KTM teammates Jessy Nelson (44.450) and Shane McElrath (44.590) finished second and third. Malcolm will face GEICO Honda’s Matt Bisceglia in the first round.

Lites class qualifying times:

1. Malcolm Stewart - 44.108
2. Jessy Nelson - 44.450
3. Shane McElrath - 44.590
4. Jordon Smith - 44.632
5. RJ Hampshire - 44.711
6. Michael Leib - 45.303
7. Austin Politelli - 45.439
8. Matt Bisceglia - 46.068

Lites bracket.
Lites bracket.

Action kicks off live from Fairplex at 3:30 p.m. EST on RedBull.tv. The racing will replay on November 29 at 1 p.m. EST on NBC.