Two years, one winner – that’s the way the Red Bull Straight Rhythm is playing out so far. James Bubba Stewart was once again victorious after pure domination at the second-annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm. The race is a first of its kind; it pits two riders head-to-head down a straight, 3,000-foot-long rhythm section at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona, Calif. (read our Red Bull Straight Rhythm Q&A with Track Designer).Piloting his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, Stewart won two-consecutive rounds in the final in a showdown with fellow Suzuki rider Ken Roczen. Due to the race’s best of three format, there was no need for a third round. In the 250cc class, Stewart’s younger brother James took the win aboard a GEICO Honda CRF250R.
Stewart was quick from the outset, qualifying third on Friday.“We found some speed. I’ve got to clean up a couple of things, but overall it went pretty good. I think I can find a little bit more speed. The right lane is tougher than the left lane, so I think that’s why a lot of guys, including myself, messed up on that. Hopefully that will get worn down a little bit, but for now the left side is where you want to go right now. After yesterday I was down a little bit, but the guys on my team told me that when it came race time I would be there. I appreciated their belief in me.”Bubba Stewart continued his speed during the bracket races at the Supercross track with no turns, beating rival Ryan Dungey, the 2015 AMA Motocross and Monster Energy Supercross Champion (Red Bull KTM SX-F450). The final came down to the Suzuki riders Stewart and Roczen, but Stewart was untouchable.Following the race, Stewart, who sustained 16-month suspension in Supercross/Motocross due to illegal drugs in his system, said: “I appreciate everybody that’s been supportive of me while I was off. You don’t understand how good this feels, I’m just stoked right now.“And congratulations to my brother (Malcolm Stewart) for stepping up and winning his class. There was a lot of pressure on me. When I won that first race and I heard these guys cheering for me… it’s been over a year since I’ve had that. It’s just unbelievable. I thank everyone so much.”Yoshimura Suzuki will be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
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This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!