With the 2015 supercross opening round just two weeks away, get revved up for the season ahead with today’s broadcast of Red Bull Straight Rhythm at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.
Held earlier in the offseason, Red Bull Straight Rhythm is a one-of-a-kind event, featuring an “unwound” supercross track – a half-mile straightaway filled with rhythm sections, huge jumps, whoops and sand sections – and head-to-head racing. Two riders hit the track and race side-by-side down the course as they attempt to advance through the bracket and into the championship.
The Open Class was stocked full of big names. James Stewart – one of the fastest riders on the planet – entered as the favorite but would have to contend with the likes of his brother Malcolm Stewart, while Dean Wilson and Justin Brayton were among the riders making debuts on new bikes after switching to KTMs in the offseason.
Then there’s Travis Pastrana. The action sports icon was a national motocross champion 14 years ago but had since retired from racing to pursue other passions. Pastrana was back in action at Straight Rhythm, loading up his #199 Suzuki with horsepower. Whereas most of his competitors in the class were riding a 450cc four-stroke bike, he was mounted on a 500cc two-stroke. It’s a bike so powerful that Pastrana dubbed it the “RM-Zilla.”
Click here for a preview of what’s to come in the broadcast, then tune in to NBC today at 4 p.m. ET to see how it all played out.
Straight Rhythm is part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a progressive series of action sports events that are broadcast on NBC throughout the year.