Red Bull Straight Rhythm: Weekend Preview

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It might not seem possible for Red Bull Straight Rhythm to keep getting better and better every year, but somehow, they keep figuring it out.

The biggest names on two wheels—active Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross riders this time—will descend upon Pomona Fairplex for Saturday’s event, the annual marriage of supercross and drag racing on a half-mile course. Straight Rhythm rediscovered its rhythm last year when making the swap to exclusively welcome two-strokes, pleasing the old-school fans and creating a celebration of all things 1990s motocross.

This year’s entry list may not include Ryan Dungey or defending winner Shane McElrath, but the riders on the docket have combined for 10 indoor and outdoor titles in the premier 450 class since 2011. That includes 2018 and 2019 Supercross champions Jason Anderson and Cooper Webb, as well as Ryan Villopoto, who scored six combined championships from 2011 forward. Honda riders Ken Roczen, the two-time Pro Motocross champion who will mount Jeremy McGrath’s 2006 CR250, and Cole Seely, who will bid farewell to full-time competition this year, are also on the entry list.

But that’s not all. If you’d prefer your riders to actually date back to the two-stroke era, the ageless Chad Reed is also expected to compete. So is Travis Pastrana, who will likely compete in the 500cc Showdown that runs between the 250cc and 125cc Quarterfinals and Semifinals. And rumors also persist that Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath will be on hand to compete in a special match race. It’ll be hard for anyone to top AJ Catanzaro and Luke Renzland’s 125cc tributes to Bubba Stewart and McGrath from last year, but if the Goat and the King themselves show up, that just might do it.

As was the case last year, this Saturday’s Red Bull Straight Rhythm is a one-day show. Gates open at Pomona Fairplex at 1PM PT, while qualifying starts at 2PM PT and rider introductions start at 5:30PM PT.  Each matchup will feature a best-of-three format, with 16 250cc riders and eight 125cc riders comprising the respective brackets. The event will stream live on Red Bull TV starting at 5:30PM PT.

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