Musquin Wins 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm


Red Bull KTM enjoyed double victory with Shane McElrath topping the Lites class.

By Hayden Gregory
Marvin Musquin race during Red Bull Straight Rhythm in Pomona, CA, USA on October 22, 2016.

Excitement personified, the Red Bull Straight Rhythm pits riders against each other based on pure speed. Half a mile of track, two riders going head to head in a best of three format.

In the 450 premier class Marvin Musquin reigned supreme edging out Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey in the finale. The Frenchman won the first two races to put the result beyond doubt, continuing his undefeated streak at the event. Musquin failed to lose a sprint in the 2014 Lites series before missing the Straight Rhythm in 2015.

Josh Hansen and Trey Canard battled right down to the wire for third place with each rider taking a win in the first two runs. Hansen would take points in the third and final sprint preventing the new Red Bull rider from landing an all KTM podium.

In the 250 class, TLD Red Bull KTM also dominated with Shane McElrath beating teammate Mitchell Oldenburg in the final. In third place, Jordan Smith claimed victory ahead of Josh Hill who raced the event on an electric bike, the first time this has ever been done in a Nationally recognised event.

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