2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm | Race Report

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COMPLETE COVERAGE | 2016 RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM

PHOTOS | Emery

For the third year in a row, the creative minds at one of the biggest drink brands in the world turned their attention to motocross racing. The 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm ran under the lights at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, and its long pairing of bracket races thrilled the SoCal crowded on a cool October evening. Any big surprises from the one of a kind event? A few, such as the emergence of competitive electric motorcycles and the incredibly close battles in both classes.

250 Class

Mitchell Oldenburg vs. Kerim Fitzgerald
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GoPro/KTM’s Oldenburg moved to the Semi Finals with two wins over Fitzgerald.

Race One | Oldenburg – 43.377
Race Two | Oldenburg – 43.207
Race Three | —
Victor | Oldenburg

Kyle Cunningham vs. Josh Hill
The first 250 class pairing that went the full three rounds. Hill won race one, Cunnigham race two. The pair were close in the final race, and Hill’s flow helped take the electric bike to the next round.

Race One | Hill – 43.954
Race Two | Cunningham – 43.208
Race Three | Hill – 42.952
Victor | Hill

Jordon Smith vs. Ronnie Mac
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GoPro/KTM’s Smith bested Mac, who was soaked in PBR from an earlier autograph session that got out of hand, in two races.

Race One | Smith – 42.992
Race Two | Smith – 42.079
Race Three | —
Victor | Smith

Shane McElrath vs. Jon Ames
Two wins by McElrath over the rookie pushed the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GoPro/KTM rider to the next round.

Race One | McElrath – 42.383
Race Two | McElrath – 41.875
Race Three | —
Victor | McElrath

Semi Finals

Mitchell Oldenburg vs. Josh Hill
Oldenburg’s clutch and Hill’s lack of one was apparent at the start of both races, as Oldenburg seemed more controlled on the steel grate material. Hill stayed with Oldenburg in the second race, but was unable to catch or pass the KTM rider.

Race One | Oldenburg – 42.864
Race Two | Oldenburg – 42.640
Race Three | —
Victor | Oldenburg

Shane McElrath vs. Jordon Smith
The two TLD KTM riders had their strengths and weaknesses on the long track. Smith was solid through the first two sectors, while McElrath owned the final feet. And that proved to be a deciding factor in their battles, because McElrath managed to move ahead of Smith just before the finish line in the final two races.

Race One | Smith – 41.396
Race Two | McElrath – 40.976
Race Three | McElrath – 40.780
Victor | McElrath

Final

First & Second Place
Mitchell Oldenburg vs. Shane McElrath
McElrath mastered the track in his two most important runs of the night and used his flowing style to cross the finish line ahead of Oldenburg. This gave the TLD KTM rider the victory over the other TLD KTM rider.

Race One | McElrath – 41.277
Race Two | McElrath – 40.864
Race Three | —
Victor | McElrath

Third & Fourth Place
Jordon Smith vs. Josh Hill
With two wins, TLD KTM’s Smith locked up the third place overall finish.

Race One | Smith – 42.460
Race Two | Smith – 41.366
Race Three | —
Victor | Smith