Red Bull has released the full list of riders that will compete at the second annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm race scheduled for Saturday, October 10, at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.
Headlining the event will be defending champion James Stewart, who will be back in action for the first time since serving a sixteen-month suspension dating back to April 12, 2014, after testing positive for an amphetamine at the Seattle round of Monster Energy Supercross. Stewart missed all of Monster Energy Supercross and was denied an appeal on April 29, 2015, to return for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Making their Red Bull Straight Rhythm debuts will be Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen. Both riders were unable to compete in the inaugural event last year.
Also featured in the Open Class (450): Andrew Short, Marvin Musquin, Justin Brayton, Vince Friese, Kyle Chisholm, Dean Wilson, Thomas Ramette, Kyle Partridge, Josh Hansen, Mike Alessi, Ivan Tedesco, Brett Metcalfe, and Nick Wey.
The Lites Class (250) will feature a ten-rider qualifier on Friday, with the top eight advancing to Saturday’s main event. MXGP of USA winner Jessy Nelson will attend, as will his Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs teammate Shane McElrath. GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart, Matt Bisceglia, Jordon Smith, and RJ Hampshire will also be in action. Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill and 2015 Amsoil Arenacross Champion Kyle Regal will join two additional riders to be determined from Pala Raceway pre-qualifier on Oct. 4.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm Rider List
James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Andrew Short, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Justin Brayton, Vince Friese, Kyle Chisholm, Dean Wilson, Thomas Ramette, Kyle Partridge, Josh Hansen, Mike Alessi, Ivan Tedesco, Brett Metcalfe, and Nick Wey.
Malcolm Stewart, Jessy Nelson, Shane McElrath, Justin Hill, Matt Biscelgia, RJ Hampshire, Kyle Regal, Jordon Smith, and two additional riders to be determined from Pala Raceway pre-qualifier on October 4.
The twenty-four riders will race on a 1.2-mile rhythm section with no turns, which features seventy-five jumps and over 400 feet of whoops. General admission tickets are available for $30 and VIP tickets are $150 at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm will air as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on NBC on November 29. For more information, visit http://www.redbullsignatureseries.com. For additional event information and updates, please go to redbull.com/straightrhythm. The event is presented by Pennzoil Synthetics and supported by GoPro, Polaris RZR, BF Goodrich, and Samsung Milk Video.