SANTA MONICA, CA (September 19, 2014) – Following last week's announcement of eight riders for the Open Class, Red Bull Straight Rhythm presented by Dodge Dart today announced the first eight riders to compete in its 250cc Class. The eight new names complete half of the total bracket, which will square off in the head-to-head motocross competition on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., for a $100,000 purse.
Filling out the first half of the 250cc Class are Marvin Musquin, Justin Hill, Zach Bell, Jessy Nelson, Nico Izzi, Darryn Durham, Jordan Smith, and Ryan Surratt. The inaugural event will feature 32-riders facing off in a bracketed single-elimination format, racing on a 1/2 mile-long, "unwound" track. By removing the turns, riders must focus exclusively on reading the terrain and correctly judging their speed for precise distance and control. Tickets are available for $20 at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm.
The remainder of participating riders will be announced in the days leading up to the event.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm will also air on NBC on Saturday, December 20 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive action sports events in the world. For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com.
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is the oldest and most well known venue on the NHRA drag racing series circuit. Built in 1951, it was opened as a way to encourage street racers to compete safely, and was built through the combined efforts of the Pomona Valley Timing Association, Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker and the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. In 1992, Auto Club Raceway entered the final phases of a $4.5-million modernization project, which included the installation of permanent grandstand seats that can accommodate up to 40,000 fans.
The Red Bull Signature Series is a collection of the most progressive action sports events in the world, featuring some of Red Bull's top properties including Frozen Rush, Joyride, Dreamline, Rampage and Straight Rhythm. Red Bull Media House and Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, showcase the most progressive and innovative snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX events, on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, please visit www.redbullsignatureseries.com. Be sure to follow the Red Bull Signature Series on Facebook and Twitter for updates.