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Red Bull Straight Rhythm Announces 2015 Rider Line Up

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.  Last year’s champion James Stewart will lead the Open Class, 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.

James Stewart (7) Josh Hansen (100); Quarterfinals; Red Bull Straight Rhythm; Open Class; Pomona Auto Club, California; October 3-4, 2014; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

James Stewart (7) Josh Hansen (100); Quarterfinals; Red Bull Straight Rhythm; Open Class; Pomona Auto Club, California; October 3-4, 2014; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

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 1Ž2 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.

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 and Nick Wey.

Lites Class

Malcolm Stewart, Jessy Nelson, Shane McElrath, Justin Hill, Matt Biscelgia, RJ Hampshire, Kyle Regal, Jordan Smith and two additional riders to be determined from Pala Raceway pre-qualifier on Oct. 4th.

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