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Travis Pastrana and James Stewart headline Red Bull Straight Rhythm

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Travis Pastrana and James Stewart headline Red Bull Straight Rhythm
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Sep 22, 2014, 5:40 PM

Some of the best dirt bike racers out there are going to compete in the Red Bull Straight Rhythm.

Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey
Cole Seely and Jessy Nelson
Travis Pastrana
Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey
Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey

Red Bull Straight Rhythm will officially include the best motocross racers in the world. Last Friday, Red Bull announced 8 of the 32 riders gearing up for the unique race: Travis Pastrana, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Josh Hansen, Josh Hill, Brett Metcalf, Cole Seely and Dean Wilson.

The return of Pastrana

Pastrana is coming back from a five-year hiatus, and he is ready to rock-and-roll.

“When I heard about the new head-to-head format of Red Bull Straight Rhythm, I instantly felt that tug on my heart to get into the mix,” said the 10-time X-games gold medalist.

I can safely speak for the entire group of riders, in saying how excited I am about the opportunity to compete in this man-against-man, win-or-go-home situation

James Stewart

Straight Rhythm will consist of a ½ mile “unwound” track with a bracket format where two riders go head-to-head in single-elimination rounds.

Supercross star James Stewart excited about new format

98-time AMA winner James Stewart is pumped about the new format as well.

“I think I can safely speak for the entire group of riders, in saying how excited I am about the opportunity to compete in this man-against-man, win-or-go-home situation,” said Stewart. “Straight Rhythm is a fresh take on the traditional format, and the fact that it’s bringing out guys like Travis (Pastrana) says it all about what a truly unique opportunity it is.”

A 'one-of-a-kind' format

The 32-rider field will consist of two 16-rider classes. The open class will allow Pastrana’s team to bring a 500cc bike to the race on October 4th at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA. “A one-of-a-kind format demands a one-of-a-kind machine, and my team and I are bringing some seriously heavy artillery to the party in Pomona,” Pastrana added.

Red Bull has announced eight riders competing in the 250cc class: Marvin Musquin, Justin Hill, Zach Bell, Jessy Nelson, Nico Izzi, Darryn Durham, Jordan Smith, and Ryan Surratt.

“With essentially only one ‘lap,’ there’s no room for error, so I’m excited to see how this track evens out the playing field,” said Frenchman Musquin.

Every rider is intrigued with the new format, and you should be too.

Tickets are available for $20 HERE.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm will air on NBC on Saturday, December 20 at 4 p.m. ET as part of the Red Bull Signature Series.

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