Close your eyes, relax, and allow us to take you on a fantastic journey. The day is October 15 and you’re on the sand of the Huntington Beach State Park catching some sun as 32 of your favorite riders swap their swimsuits for race gear. The coastal breeze is flowing through your hair, the sand is between your toes and the sweet smell of salty air and pre-mix is intoxicating. The sound of two strokes reverberates through your very being as the head-to-head matchups you’ve been dreaming of come to life in front of you. Open your eyes. This fantasy can be made real, and as proof, the first wave of 2022 competing riders for Red Bull Straight Rhythm have been confirmed. They include:
Ken Roczen, Aaron Plessinger, Justin Barcia, Marvin Musquin, Cooper Webb, Gared Steinke, Tyler Bowers, Ronnie Mac, Josh Hansen, Robbie Wageman, Ivan Ramirez and more.
Carson Brown, Ryan Morais, Casey Cochran, AJ Catanzaro, Josh Varize, Derek Kelley, Dylan Woodcock, Josh Thomas, Andy DiBrino and more.
Most of these faces you know and love and are returning to the track for their quest for the crown while others such as Roczen (2019), Steinke (2017) and Musquin (2016) are seeking another chance to stand atop the podium in victory. Who will write their name in the sand and who will write their name in the stars? It’s anyone’s game so leave it to the racing to do the talking. No lifeguards on deck, no points at stake, no turns, and no funny business (looking at you, Barcia), just fun business on a half-mile track. The only thing on the line are egos. And perhaps the best matchup of all will be Jason Weigandt and Daniel Blair on the race call. Perhaps.
Adjacent to the Red Bull Straight Rhythm start is the Super Hooligan track at Moto Beach Classic. This racer lineup will feature pros, Joe’s and the fastest hooligan racers in the country, as well as choppers, electric bikes, two strokes and knobby motocross bikes, racing side by side in the ultimate battle of the slide on the beach. Moto vendors, art, custom motorcycles and dirt track racing will create a family friendly day to remember.
Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging – more event information including the full rider roster will be released in the coming weeks. Want to get in on the fun? We would too. For those that can’t make it to the event, catch all the action of Red Bull Straight Rhythm streaming live exclusively on ESPN+ on October 15, with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. PST. Tickets can be purchased at https://red-bull-straight-rhythm-tickets with early bird pricing available until Saturday, September 17. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. PST for spectators to view the practice and qualifying rounds.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm is supported by Honda, KMC, Oanda, Wolverine, Fasthouse and Amsoil.