2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm Results & Video Recap
For the third-straight year, one of the most unique Supercross races headed to The Fairplex (Auto Club Speedway) in Pomona, Calif.—the Red Bull Straight Rhythm. The SX course combines head-to-head, drag-racing style racing across 1/2 mile of rhythm section (74 jumps!) with no turns.
In the Open Class, one rider dominated without losing a single race—Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. The KTM SX-F450 pilot dominated qualifying, and was challenged by four riders during race day. Musquin’s only fault was a bobble while racing against teammate Ryan Dungey, but he recovered to cement his undefeated status at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm (he won the Lites class in 2014, though didn’t race in 2015).Musquin was joined on the overall Open Class podium by Ryan Dungey and Kawasaki’ Josh Hansen. With his win, Musquin put an end to Suzuki’s James Stewart’s two-year winning streak; Stewart didn’t compete at this year’s event due to injury.“It’s so intense,” said MarvinMusquin. “It’s only 40 seconds but we are holding our breath and you can feel the rider right next to you, you can hear them. The crowd was really getting into it, it was so much fun. To win here today means a lot.”In the Lites Class, it was another KTM rider, this time Troy Lee/Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath, who finished ahead of fellow KTM SX-F250 pilots Mitchell Oldenburg and Jordon Smith.“It was fun to compete against my teammates today,” said Shane McElrath. “Fortunately I was able to come out on top. Hopefully this race is under the lights again next year and it will only get better from here.”Though everyone cheered on the winners, two other riders made some serious noise—well, one, anyway. Josh Hill finished in fourth aboard the Alta Motors Redshift MX electric motorcycle, proven the bike is competitive. And during the Lites class, Ronni Mac piloted a 1998 Honda CR250R two-stroke, and qualified seventh. Though he put in all efforts, he didn’t make it past KTM’s Smith in the semi-finals.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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