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

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450 Class

Round of Sixteen

Greg Duffy vs. Marvin Musquin
Musquin bested Duffy in race one. After dealing with an ankle injury through the weekend, Duffy opted out of the second race. With that, Red Bull KTM rider Musquin advanced with no contest.

Race One | Musquin – 45.315
Race Two | Musquin – 40.877
Race Three | —
Victor | Musquin

Nico Izzi vs. Nick Wey
Wey won race one. The pair fought for the full duration of the second race, but Wey edged Izzi to the finish line for the win and the overall.

Race One | Wey – 43.936
Race Two | Wey – 43.482
Race Three | —
Victor | Wey

Trey Canard vs. Jeff Alessi
Canard claimed the win in the first two races and advanced to the next round over Alessi.

Race One | Canard – 42.937
Race Two | Canard – 42.413
Race Three | —
Victor | Canard

Vince Friese vs. Tevin Tapia
Friese won the first race, but Tapia regrouped for the second battle. The two were even in the middle of the track until mistakes by Tapia in the last section let Friese get away.

Race One | Friese – 43.600
Race Two | Friese – 42.682
Race Three | —
Victor | Friese

Ryan Dungey vs. Dustin Pipes
Dungey controlled the first two races and advanced to the next round.

Race One | Dungey – 41.909
Race Two | Dungey – 42.425
Race Three | —
Victor | Dungey

Austin Politelli vs. Deven Raper
The first pairing to go all three races in the night. The duo swapped wins in the first two, and Politelli won the decisive final race.

Race One | Politelli – 43.457
Race Two | Raper – 43.731
Race Three | Politelli – 42.396
Victor | Politelli

Josh Hansen vs. Dakota Tedder
Holeshots in both races helped Hansen control the pace for the full length of the track and he advanced over Tedder to the Quarter Finals.

Race One | Hansen – 42.705
Race Two | Hansen – 42. 681
Race Three | —
Victor | Hansen

Kyle Chisholm vs. Nick Schmidt
A late push by Schmidt brought the battle together at the end of race one. An epic rematch was expected, but Schmidt lost ground in the final section of the track. With these two wins, Chisholm moved on to the next round.

Race One | Chisholm 42.536
Race Two | Chisholm – 42.024
Race Three | —
Victor | Chisholm

Quarter Finals

Marvin Musquin vs. Nick Wey
With some of the fastest times of the second round of racing, Musquin moved ahead to the Semi Finals.

Race One | Musquin – 40.549
Race Two | Musquin – 41.182
Race Three | —
Victor | Musquin

Trey Canard vs. Vince Friese
Canard won a very close first race, then blasted away from Friese in the whoops during race two. These wins put the new Red Bull KTM rider into the next round.

Race One | Canard – 42.197
Race Two | Canard – 41.647
Race Three | —
Victor | Canard

Ryan Dungey vs. Austin Politelli
Two wins over Politelli pushed Dungey into the Semi Finals.

Race One | Dungey – 42.064
Race Two | Dungey – 41.741
Race Three | —
Victor | Dungey

Josh Hansen vs. Kyle Chisholm
The two tall riders put in two great races, and for a moment in the second gate drop it seemed like we'd see a full three rounds. Hansen dashed away that thought in last portion of the track with a stellar line and resulting win.

Race One | Hansen – 41.526
Race Two | Hansen – 41.799
Race Three | —
Victor | Hansen

Semi Finals

Trey Canard vs. Marvin Musquin
Musquin not only managed to avoid catastrophe with a mistake at the start of the second race, but also actually managed to gain ground on Canard. More mistakes by Musquin in the final jumps let Canard close the gap, yet it was not enough to steal away the win.

Race One | Musquin – 41.037
Race Two | Musquin – 41.085
Race Three | —
Victor | Musquin

Josh Hansen vs. Ryan Dungey
The two opposite styles made for one of the best pairings of the night. Hansen claimed the win in race one with a wild jump to the finish, which gave him a half-wheel advantage at the flag. Dungey regrouped for the last two races, won both, and moved to the finals.

Race One | Hansen – 41.400
Race Two | Dungey – 40.794
Race Three | Dungey – 40.665
Victor | Dungey

Final

First & Second Place
Ryan Dungey vs. Marvin Musquin
The two top seeded riders from the afternoon qualifying sessions met in the final pairing of the night. Musquin's streak of domination continued in both races, as he clinched the 450 class victory and remained unbeaten in Straight Rhythm competition.

Race One | Musquin – 40.248
Race Two | Musquin – 40.195
Race Three | —
Victor | Musquin

Third & Fourth Place
Trey Canard vs. Josh Hansen
Two contrasting styles, three full races. Canard claimed the win in race one, then Hansen rallied back for back-to-back wins. These put Hansen on the third step of the podium.

Race One | Canard – 41.071
Race Two | Hansen – 41.130
Race Three | Hansen – 40.975
Victor | Hansen