Red Bull Straight Rhythm: Supercross Meets Drag Racing

Get ready for a new two-wheel challenge on October 4.

Red Bull is pulling out all the stops to promote its inaugural “Straight Rhythm” competition scheduled for October 4 at Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex in Pomona, California.

What is Straight Rhythm, you ask? Essentially, organizers have “unwound” a supercross track; there are no turns, just a half-mile-long drag race over a series of big jumps and deep whoop sections. Running parallel to Pomona’s famous dragstrip, the track took three weeks to construct. Thirty-two handpicked professionals populating two classes—Open and 250cc—will be pitted against each other in a head-to-head, best-of-three bracket format.

Five Track Statistics:

1. 10,000 cubic yards of dirt

2. 80 jumps

3. 300 feet of whoops

4. Longest jump (peak to peak): 90 feet

5. 2,900 feet long, twice the length of a supercross track

Former 125cc AMA MX champ and X Games star Travis Pastrana will ride a two-stroke 500cc Suzuki in the Open class. "Everyone was telling me there was no way I could compete on a two-stroke," he said, "but I'm a two-stroke guy; I can't start a four-stroke. I was like, 'Alright, we're going to be underpowered. How do we fix this?' So now I have more horsepower than anyone on the track."

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To build interest in the event, Red Bull has created a contest—Red Bull MotorMouth—to reward the fan who can produce the most realistic dirt-bike sounds with nothing but his or her mouth. A new website allows fans to log audio tracks over videos recorded last year at the "proof-of-concept" test with riders Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Cole Seely, Malcolm Stewart, Marvin Musquin, and Jessy Nelson. Malcolm Stewart and Musquin will choose their favorites and award the winner with a custom-painted Red Bull Straight Rhythm Bell helmet.

Twenty-four of the 32 riders have been confirmed:

Open Class

James Stewart

Ryan Dungey

Dean Wilson

Brett Metcalfe

Josh Grant

Justin Brayton

Malcolm Stewart

Shane McElrath

Kyle Partridge

Kyle Chisholm

Ryan Morais

Jake Canada

Josh Hill

Josh Hansen

Travis Pastrana

Grant Langston

250cc Class

Marvin Musquin

Justin Hill

Zach Bell

Jessy Nelson

Nico Izzi

Ryan Surrat

Jordan Smith

Darryn Durham

“Although it doesn’t have the turns we are used to,” Dungey said, “it’s ultimately more terrain than a regular supercross track, and in some respects presents a tougher challenge with the number of obstacles. It’s all about rhythm and not making an error, so I think a lot of us are excited to see whose style works best on this track.”