BREAKING NEWS – In years past, the “Red Bull Straight Rhythm” one off contest has been a fan favorite. Fans are able to get up close and personal with top riders side by side by side–racing head-to-head down a ½ mile of rollers, whoops, doubles, tables and all other kinds of rhythmic insanity. But this year, things are going to be a little different..
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And when the event returns to Fairplex in Pomona on October 20, you’ll hear it coming. From, like, miles away. Because there will be only two-strokes racing. Ring-a-ding-ding. That’s right, the event will step back in time to an era where gear sets were mostly pink, Fresno was smooth and a nac nac was totally rad (kind of still is). Riders will leave their fancy factory four-strokes at home and will run what they brung as they tackle the ½-mile-long straight rhythm track on nothing but two-smoke power.
In 2017, two-strokes made their debut to the Pamona Fairplex for the first time in their own individual bracket. Fans rose to their feet as top riders like Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Sipes, Ronnie Mac, Mike Brown and Garred Steinke (shown above) came screaming down the ½-mile-long course. Throughout the night, the winner was unpredictable. Everyone was riding well, and battling back and forth as the sun set behind the Pomona hills. But in the end–it was all about Garred Steinke. You can bet on him returning this year to defend his title, along with a stacked field fighting to take his crown.
Will Ryan Villopoto make a return to the event in 2018? This question has yet to be answered. Although at the time–it was big news for RV2 to make a comeback to the sport in such dramatic fashion. But Ssnce October of 2017–he has been actively riding, racing, and pioneering new endeavors within the sport by signing with Yamaha Motor Corporation in early January of 2018. So, there is a great possibility that he could be racing. But–time will tell.
The man, the myth, the legend. Ronnie Mac. Ron made his racing debut at the 2017 Red Bull Straight Rhythm, and it didn’t go quite as planed. The rider out of Oklahoma needed up hitting the deck very hard toward the end of the race, leaving his out of a podium position. But, that didn’t stop him from giving the fans a good show. He flipped his bike, panic revved louder than ever, and trashed talked just about every athlete in attendance. Classic Ronnie, right?
So how will the 2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm shake down this year? You will have to show up–and find out for yourself. Tickets are now available at http://www.redbull.com/straightrhythm