Rain postponed the Pala Qualifier for the 2015 Red Bull Straight Rhythm. The final two spots for the 250 class will be decided from a Friday run-off in Pomona.
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Thanks to the success of the inaugural event in 2014 and interest from riders, the crew at Red Bull changed a few small details in order to set the 250 class for this year’s competition. Eight names were recently announced as competitors for the upcoming race, but Red Bull intended to build even more hype with a qualifying event at Pala Raceway to determine the final two riders of the roster.
On the first day of 2015 Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Friday, Oct. 9) that ten-rider field will be cut down to eight for the main bracket by taking the top qualifying times of the day. The slowest two will be eliminated.
Rain was predicted to hit the southern part of the state on Sunday, and just as we feared, it was made things questionable for the event. Still, a solid collection of hopefully young racers signed up for the bracketed format and were able to put in a series of timed runs on the specially constructed course. The seeding session ended just before a band of showers moved into the area, then soaked the long lane of track and made it unsafe for action. As the riders waited under a canopy for rain to stop, the event promoters came to them with a decision.
“Originally we planned to send two riders from Pala, but we wanted give the riders a fair shot at next weekend,” said Red Bull’s Steve Shearer. “Everyone agreed that calling it after timed qualifying was the safe thing to do. We made the call to send six guys to Friday’s qualifying session at Red Bull Straight Rhythm in Pomona, where they’ll now compete for the final two spots.”
Here are the six riders vying for a place in the 250 class during Saturday’s event…