The Red Bull Straight Rhythm returns to Pomona for its second year of unique head-to-head moto competition.
The Pomona Fairplex may be most famous for hosting two rounds of the National Hot Rod Association’s nitro-burning Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, but this October an even more unique drag race will return to the Southern California facility, the second annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm.
Sure, the 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel cars are a sight to behold, but the only time they get as much air down the legendary Pomona drag strip as the combatants in the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, it is by complete accident. High-flying antics and head-to-head moto competition on a unique point-A-to-point-B racetrack have already made the Red Bull Straight Rhythm a unique thrill in the motorsports world. About the only thing the motocross riders and the dragster drivers share in common is the use of an electronic Christmas tree to start the competition.
After a highly successful inaugural event at Pomona in 2014, the 2015 event will take place on October 11. An evolution of the sport of supercross, the event features a 1/2 mile-long straight rhythm section with rhythm jumps, whoops and triple jumps. The Red Bull Straight Rhythm is a flagship event of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of innovative and progressive action sports events backed by the energy drink giant.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart is the reigning king of the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, having won the premier 450cc class while Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin won the 250cc Class. Stewart is returning to defend his crown in one of the few competitive appearance that he will be making in 2015.
This year’s format will feature 24 riders broken up into two classes–16 riders in the Open Class and eight riders in the Lites Class (machines displaying 250cc or less). Riders will once again race in a head-to-head, best-of-three bracket format. By isolating just the whoops, doubles, table tops and step on/offs, this format demands that riders focus exclusively on reading the terrain in front of them and correctly judging their speed and throttle input for precise distance and control over the obstacles. Many of the world’s top supercross and motocross riders are expected to return to the competition.
For more information, visit RedBull.com.