Santa Monica, Calif. – The full list of competitors for the third consecutive Red Bull Straight Rhythm on October 22 has been announced. Standout riders at the innovative event at Fairplex in Pomona include Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin and Josh Hansen, who will all return to race in the Open Class, alongside newcomer Trey Canard. In the Lites Class (250cc or less), South African Kerim Fitz-Gerald will face off against Shane McElrath, Dakota Alix and Josh Hill, who will try his luck aboard an Alta Motors electric motorcycle. In addition, the event will feature a special exhibition showdown between the irreverent motocross personalities Ronnie Mac and Trevor Piranha. New to 2016, the finals will be taking place in the evening, under the lights. Tickets are available at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm and the event will air live on Red Bull TV at 5:30pm PT.
The Red Bull Straight Rhythm rider field is split up into two classes – 16 riders in the Open Class and eight riders in the Lites. In the Lites Class, two additional riders will compete for the main eight spots, having earned the opportunity by winning qualifying events held at Pala Raceway and Riverfront MX Park.
The head-to-head, best-of-three racing will once again take place at the former horse track at Fairplex in Pomona with the 24 riders racing on a 1⁄2-mile rhythm section with no turns. Outside of the regular competition, popular motocross personality Ronnie Mac will compete in a special exhibition race against Trevor Piranha. After some heavily viewed training videos, the two fan favorite riders will show off their unique riding styles over the 2500-foot track.
Gates open at 1pm, allowing ticket holders access to the track, shaded grandstand seating and the vendor village, which provides numerous concessions and side acts including rider signings and Geoff Aaron moto trials demos. Pit viewing access is open all day, with qualifying beginning at 2pm. In addition, fans will be able to put BFGoodrich tires to the test in the “Are you Driver Enough” experience located in the parking area outside of the venue from 9am - 5pm.
General admission tickets are available for $35 and VIP tickets are $150 at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm Rider List
Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin, Trey Canard, Josh Hansen, Jeff Alessi, Nico Izzi, Austin Politelli, Darryn Durham, Deven Raper, Tevin Tapia, Kyle Chisholm, Nick Schmidt, Vince Friese, Axell Hodges, Dustin Pipes, Gregg Duffy
Shane McElrath, Jordon Smith, Mitchell Oldenberg, Dakota Alix, Kerim Fitz-Gerald, Josh Hill, Colton Aeck, Ben LaMay
Pala Raceway Qualifier – Jon Jon Ames
Riverfront MX Park Qualifier - Dare DeMartile
Special Exhibition Race
Ronnie Mac vs. Trevor Piranha
Similar to 2015, riders will start from an elevated platform, which provides for a unique feature for both the competitors and spectator viewing. However, this year the riders will be heading directly in to a rhythm section, leading to different rhythm options right out of the gate. The 1/2-mile long track will also be built on top of two tunnels, which spectators will be able to walk through and which elevate the whoops to eye-level.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm Track Stats:
12,000 cubic yards of dirt
74 total jumps
2,500 feet long
236 feet of whoops
One sand trap
Tallest jump: 10 feet
Tallest landing: 14 feet
Longest jump: 80 feet, peak-to-peak
Four speed checks (including one sand pit)
Red Bull Straight Rhythm is supported by GoPro, BFGoodrich Tires, Polaris RZR, Shift, Traxxas and Suzuki.
Other Ways to Watch Red Bull Straight Rhythm
For those that can’t make it to the event, Straight Rhythm will air as part of the Red Bull Signature Series live October 22 on Red Bull TV and as a 90-minute highlight program November 27 on NBC.