Red Bull Straight Rhythm has released information on the 2015 version of its unique track for the October 10 event at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The event turns traditional motocross racing on its head by removing all the turns, resulting in a 1Ž2 mile-long straight track where riders race head-to-head. The linear design will include 75 jumps, over 400 feet of whoops and will likely have riders spending more time airborne than on the ground. A best-of-three bracket format will test the riders’ mental toughness and bike control over the 2,500 feet-long straight track, built from 10,000 cubic yards of dirt. Twenty-four riders will compete, broken into two classes – 16 riders in the Open Class and 8 riders in the Lites Class (250cc or less). Tickets for the event are now available for purchase at redbull.com/straightrhythm. Straight Rhythm is a flagship event of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive action sports events in the world.
Differing from last year, riders will start from an elevated platform, and for 2015 the track will also feature more technical rhythm sections with multiple line options. Among the obstacles on the track are three speed checks (including a sand pit), two dragonback obstacles and a 10-foot high finish line jump. The extended whoops section will begin with rolling speed whoops, allowing riders to carry much more speed into the following stadium whoops. The final stretch includes a rhythm section with five tabletops, allowing each rider to create their own specific line on the path to crossing the finish line first.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm Track Stats:
10,000 cubic yards of dirt
1,000 semi truck loads of dirt
75 total jumps
400 feet of whoops
Highest jump: 10 feet high
Longest jump: 80 feet, peak-to-peak
Three Speed Checks (including one sand pit)
Red Bull Straight Rhythm will present a daunting test for some of the world’s top riders, including Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and more, as they must focus exclusively on reading the terrain in front of them and correctly judging their bike placement for maximum speed and control.
“Unfortunately, I missed the event last year, but I was able to participate in the test in 2013, which was really fun,” said 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion, Ryan Dungey. “This is a totally new format, and I’m really looking forward to racing on October 10.”
While Red Bull Straight Rhythm will return to Fairplex, it will be held at a new location in the venue, the former horse track. The 2015 location will offer a substantially upgraded spectator experience, including: shaded seating, better viewing and a large infield vendor / concession area. General admission tickets cost $30 and VIP Tickets are $160, which can be purchased at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm will air as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on NBC November 29. For more information, visit http://www.redbullsignatureseries.com. For additional event information and updates, please go to redbull.com/straightrhythm. The event is presented by Pennzoil Synthetics and supported by GoPro, Polaris RZR, BF Goodrich and Samsung Milk Video.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, one of the largest county fairs in the nation. Fairplex is also home to the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona dragstrip, which hosts both the opening and closing rounds of the NHRA drag racing series annually.
About The Red Bull Signature Series
The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Frozen Rush, Double Pipe, Hart Lines, Joyride, Rampage, Straight Rhythm and Volcom Pipe Pro. These events represent a collection of the most innovative snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, motorsports and BMX events, on custom courses inspired by the athletes themselves. Red Bull Media House and the NBC Sports Group showcase this world-class property of action sports events all year long on NBC and Red Bull TV through state-of-the-art production and storytelling. For more information, visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com. Be sure to follow the Red Bull Signature Series on Facebook and Twitter for updates.