Monday, October 12, 2015

Straight Rhythm...Straight Excitement.

How exciting can riding in a straight line be? Well, if you have a best out of 3 chance at beating some of the best in the sport of supercross on a 1/2 mile long track, things can get very interesting. The 2nd annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm event took place this past Saturday in Pomona, California. Things got good, really good. This has to be one of the most entertaining events the sport has to offer.

Photo: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool.
Two classes are ran in head to head bracket racing. The 250 and 450 class racers are separated and narrowed down to a final showdown for the championship in their respected classes.

Where was Marvin Musquin? The Red Bull athlete was absent in the event as he prepared to go under the knife to repair injuries that nagged him during the outdoors.

Where was Vince Friese jumping? The MotoConcepts rider launched his number 55 to the moon during a run against Andrew Short. A scrub style jump, sent him in to the face of a following whoop section, blowing his hands of the bar and ending his day. Check out @vincefriese on Instagram to see the video.

RJ Hampshire. This kid has crazy speed and style, but his day was ended by a violent crash that left him laying on the track during his run against his Geico Honda teammate, Jordan Smith. He was one of my favorites going in and we wish RJ a speedy recovery.

Photo: Will Topete / RJ Hampshire's crash.

After a very good showdown with KTM's Ryan Dungey, James Stewart would advance to the finals against RCH rider Ken Roczen. James Stewart would bring home the win in the 450 class and make a statement that he is ready for his return to racing.

Photo: Will Topete / 450 Podium.
Another Stewart would return to racing and earn a class win. This time it'd be little brother Malcolm. After signing a deal with Geico Honda for the 2016 season, Malcolm would sit and wait for his contract to start, missing out on the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships. Malcolm was the last man standing out of the 250 class.

Photo: Will Topete / 250 Podium.
Of course we cheer privateer and have to give it up to Devin Raper, Kyle Partridge, Kyle Chisholm, Nick Schmidt, Mike Alessi, Josh Hansen, Adam Enticknap, Thomas Ramette, Tevin Tapia, Vince Friese, Austin Politelli and Michael Leib on their efforts during the event. 

Photo: Will Topete / Austin Politelli

Photo; Will Topete / Kyle Partridge.

Photo: Will Topete / Michael Leib.

Catch the action on NBC, November 29th at 1:00pm EST.

For more coverage from the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, check out our friends at

For more of Will Topete's (@dagsom) photos, check out @moto97news on Instagram.

-Kyle Pesci

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