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2015 Red Bull Straight Rhythm line up for Oct 10

Paul Iverson

Red Bull Straight Rhythm announces 2015 rider line-up

The final rider lineup has been set for the 2015 Red Bull Straight Rhythm. The 24 competitors will include 2014 champion James Stewart, AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Mike Alessi, Andrew Short and several others.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm takes place on October 10 at Fairplex in Pomona.

Tickets and info at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm

Twenty-Four of the World’s Top Motocross Riders to Compete in Head-to-Head, Straight Line Motocross event

The full list of competitors for Red Bull Straight Rhythm has been announced, and once again it includes some of the best riders in the world.

To lead the Open Class will be last years winner James Stewart, which will also include Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Justin Brayton, Marvin Musquin and Andrew Short, among others. The field will be split into two classes - 16 riders in the Open Class (greater than 250cc) and eight riders in the Lites Class (250cc or less).

The head-to-head, best-of-three racing will take place at the former horse track at Fairplex in Pomona on Saturday, October 10. The 24 riders will race on a 1Ž2-mile rhythm section with no turns, which features 75 jumps and over 400 feet of whoops. General admission tickets are available for $30 and VIP tickets are $150 at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm

James Stewart’s participation in the event will mark his return to professional racing – his last race was Red Bull Straight Rhythm in 2014, which he won. After a year off, he’ll look to come back with a bang and defend his title at the head-to-head event.

This year’s AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey will look to keep his winning streak going on the 1/2 mile, straight track.  Dungey participated in the concept “test” in 2013, and has been a very vocal supporter of the format ever since.  Unable to race in last year’s event, he’ll now see how he takes to the extensive rhythm section in a fully competitive format. Justin Brayton will return to try and improve on his second place finish last year, and Marvin Musquin, who dominated the Lites Class in 2014, will move up to the Open Class. Riders new to this unique format will include Ken Roczen, Andrew Short and holeshot specialist Mike Alessi.

The Lites Class will feature a 10-rider qualifier on Friday, with only eight riders advancing to race on Saturday.  Of the 10-rider field, eight were invited to participate, including Jessy Nelson, Malcolm Stewart and Shane McElrath.  The remaining two riders will earn their spots in a pre-qualifier race at Pala Raceway on October 4, which is open to all pro-license riders.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm Rider List

Open Class

  • 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
  • Nick Wey

Lites Class

  • Malcolm Stewart
  • Jessy Nelson
  • Shane McElrath
  • Justin Hill
  • Matt Biscelgia
  • RJ Hampshire
  • Kyle Regal
  • Jordan Smith

two additional riders to be determined from Pala Raceway pre-qualifier on Oct. 4th.

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.