Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed to Race Red Bull Straight Rhythm

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10/5/2017 9:54 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/5/2017 9:57 AM

First 13 (of 24) riders have been announced:

Ryan Villopoto
Chad Reed
Ronnie Mac
Mike Brown
Ryan Sipes
Marvin Musquin
Broc Tickle
Josh Hansen
Colton Haaker
Shane McElrath
Jordon Smith
Alex Martin
Josh Hill

The remaining riders for the Open, Lites, and 2-Stroke classes will be announced soon.

Santa Monica, Calif. (October 5, 2017) – Red Bull Straight Rhythm will return to Fairplex in Pomona on October 21, and this time will feature a new class and some new faces. In its fourth year, the event will continue the format started last year where practice, qualifying and racing will all take place on the same day, with the finals taking place at night under the lights. Red Bull Straight Rhythm has become known as an event that breaks the Supercross/motocross mold, as it features head-to-head racing, no turns, and multiple classes not found anywhere else. Tickets are still available at redbull.com/straightrhythm and the event will air live on Red Bull TV.

As previously announced, Ken Roczen will host (but not race) the Two-Stroke Shootout, an eight- man, two-stroke-only class. Confirmed riders in that class include four-time Supercross and three- time motocross champion Ryan Villopoto and two-time Supercross and motocross champion Chad Reed. This will mark the first U.S. race for Villopoto since his retirement in July 2015 – and the first time he’s ever raced a two-stroke in competition. Reed hasn’t raced a two-stoke in twelve years - since the 2005 Supercross season. Other riders in the two-stroke class include motocross/endurocross rider Mike Brown, fan favorite Ronnie Mac, and former Supercross/motocross and current GNCC racer Ryan Sipes.

In addition, the event will once again contain a Lites Class (250cc and below) and an Open Class (greater that 250cc), and this year these classes will contain eight riders each. In the Open Class, the riders announced today include 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm Open Class Champion Marvin Musquin, newly minted Red Bull KTM rider Broc Tickle, returning racer Josh Hansen and 2016 AMA EnduroCross National Champion Colton Haaker. The Lites Class will feature 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm Lites Champion Shane McElrath, 2016 third place finisher Jordon Smith, Alex Martin and Josh Hill. Josh Hill will once again be at the helm of the Alta Motors Redshift MX electric bike, which has received chassis development, weight reduction and suspension tuning since taking fourth place last year. The remaining riders for the Two-Stroke, Open and Lites classes will be announced shortly.
An evolution of the sport of Supercross, Red Bull Straight Rhythm features head-to-head racing on a 1⁄2 mile rhythm track with no turns. Red Bull Straight Rhythm debuted in 2014 at the Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex in Pomona, and saw James Stewart win in the Open Class, with Marvin Musquin taking home the top spot in the Lites Class. In 2015, James Stewart defended his title, once again landing on the top of the podium in the Open Class, with his brother Malcolm taking first place in the Lites Class. Last year, Marvin Musquin returned to the event and dominated the Open Class, with Shane McElrath taking the win in the Lites Class. Straight Rhythm takes place as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive and innovative events in action sports.

Each single-day ticket gives access to practice, qualifying and the finals. With over 10,000 grandstand seats, plus an infield, spectators will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience while watching an all-out sprint to the finish line. For those that need a break from the action, spectators will also have access to the race pits, numerous concessions and side acts throughout the day, offering something for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at redbull.com/straightrhythm.

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10/5/2017 10:03 AM

Sweet! The 2-strokes are basically the only thing i care about in this event haha, it will be awesome! RV vs Reed!

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10/5/2017 10:05 AM

Awesome! I won't be able to make it down to watch it live but I'll definitely be watching it online.

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10/5/2017 10:06 AM

RV vs Reed, cant wait. Ronnie Mac there too, hell yeah.

Will there be an Alta again this year? If so can it race in the Lites class?

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10/5/2017 10:08 AM

Motofinne wrote:

Sweet! The 2-strokes are basically the only thing i care about in this event haha, it will be awesome! RV vs Reed!

Seriously, would love to see RV out there on his SR250 that he rode in the TWMX premix videos.

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10/5/2017 10:11 AM

One more thing to say, i hope they do a proper "track" this year. I don't know why but i feel like the first year had the most interesting track. But that might be because it was a brand new concept then.

The recent ones have been a bit dare i say it, "meeh".

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10/5/2017 10:20 AM

Motofinne wrote:

One more thing to say, i hope they do a proper "track" this year. I don't know why but i feel like the first year had the most interesting track. But that might be because it was a brand new concept then.

The recent ones have been a bit dare i say it, "meeh".

They came up with the concept so I trust they will do a good job. It's also nice that Red-bull's creative vision isn't hindered by Feld or other ruling body.

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10/5/2017 10:24 AM

RangerLee wrote:

RV vs Reed, cant wait. Ronnie Mac there too, hell yeah.

Will there be an Alta again this year? If so can it race in the Lites class?

"The Lites Class will feature 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm Lites Champion Shane McElrath, 2016 third place finisher Jordon Smith, Alex Martin and Josh Hill. Josh Hill will once again be at the helm of the Alta Motors Redshift MX electric bike"

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10/5/2017 10:29 AM

Always been a big RV fan but Chad has him covered on 2 strokes!

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10/5/2017 10:38 AM

poto will make more fans watch this year!!!

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10/5/2017 10:49 AM

Interesting how RB can get these guys on the track for their event but ME hasn't. Who they're sponsored by

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10/5/2017 10:55 AM

Underground wrote:

Interesting how RB can get these guys on the track for their event but ME hasn't. Who they're sponsored by

I think the answer is FUN! MEC is 3X10 laps go for broke. RBSR is 45 seconds who cares if you lose.

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10/5/2017 10:57 AM

This is awesome!

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10/5/2017 11:00 AM

Makes me want to drink a redbull!

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10/5/2017 11:03 AM

Underground wrote:

Interesting how RB can get these guys on the track for their event but ME hasn't. Who they're sponsored by

It's because it takes the absolute minimal effort level to do the "race"(i see it more as a show/exhibition race).

One run is like 30-40(?) seconds and it's just a fun thing to do.

MEC is a real race.

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10/5/2017 12:15 PM

Red Bull paying riders to come, so at least at the end it's no out of pocket for them. And, it's a fun race. Be fun to watch.

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10/5/2017 12:28 PM

Interesting also that there's a little discipline diversity in there with Sipes, Haaker, Brownie

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10/5/2017 1:23 PM

Is this the first time that we’ve seen Monster athletes at SR?

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10/5/2017 1:30 PM

kevin204 wrote:

Is this the first time that we’ve seen Monster athletes at SR?

No.

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10/5/2017 2:35 PM

Did someone say two strokes? Photo

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10/5/2017 2:36 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/5/2017 2:38 PM

Ronnie Mac!, man I just can't wait to see that....along with Chad & RV riding.

.....the Stewart's?.....anyone....anyone...

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imoto34 wrote:
Look at all that torque. The kid on the lawnmower may have laughed so hard he shat his pants.

10/5/2017 2:41 PM

Reed vs mac

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10/5/2017 2:44 PM

dsmith wrote:

poto will make more fans watch this year!!!

I heard the kid has a lot of potential. Excited to see if he can take that next step.

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Might order a pizza, take a nap, doesn't really matter.

10/5/2017 3:27 PM

RV raced a 250 two stroke his whole 2005 amateur season. He was a bad ass on that thing.

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Did i do that?

10/5/2017 3:32 PM

CR22 on an old steel framed CR250 mcgrath replica??

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10/5/2017 8:58 PM

jorgechavez wrote:

Always been a big RV fan but Chad has him covered on 2 strokes!

lol

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10/8/2017 9:50 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/8/2017 9:52 AM

Pumped to finally see him on a 250. Now I just wished he raced it outdoors.

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