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Marvin Musquin Stays Perfect

Red Bull Straight Rhythm 2016

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Electric motorcycle, Ronnie Mac and epic racing: here's what went down at Red Bull Straight Rhythm.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm 2016 is done and dusted and Marvin Musquin has been crowned the Open class champion. After dominating the 2014 Lites class, Musquin entered this years event undefeated ¬– a trend he carried all the way to the 2016 title. Shane McElrath ripped his Troy Lee Designs KTM to a championship in the Lites class, besting teammate Mitchell Oldenberg.

Marvin Musquin was fastest in qualifying © Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Round of 16

The first round of action saw the elite riders in the line-up get off to a great start to their evening, with Musquin, Ryan DungeyTrey Canard, and Josh Hansen going undefeated. The battle of the round was between Austin Politelli and Deven Raperwho took their battle to the night’s first third run. Politelli would come out on top of that clash and advance to the quarterfinals.

Marvin Musquin vs. Gregg Duffy 
Trey Canard vs. Jeff Alessi
Vince Friese vs. Tevin Tapia
Nick Wey vs. Nico Izzi

Ryan Dungey vs. Dustin Pipes
Austin Politelli vs. Deven Raper
Josh Hansen vs. Dakota Tedder
Kyle Chisholm vs. Nick Schmidt

Dungey and Canard went head-to-head in qualifying © Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Quarter finals

In the quarterfinals Musquin again showed his speed, getting the best of Nick Wey to remain undefeated. The battle of the round came from Canard and Vince Friese’s first run, which saw Friese come from behind in the last section and launch into the face of the finish line to nearly beat Canard. Canard would go on to win the round and move into the finals along with Dungey and Hansen.

Marvin Musquin vs. Nick Wey
Trey Canard vs. Vince Friese
Ryan Dungey vs. Austin Politelli
Josh Hansen vs. Kyle Chisholm

Semi Final

The semi kicked off with an absolutely epic battle between Josh Hansen and Ryan Dungey. Hansen jumped out to an early lead and held it through the first portion of the track, sending the crowd to their feet. Dungey kept his cool and fought back through the whoops section, passing Hanny and putting a few bike lengths between them and it all came down to the final section. The no. 100 wasn’t taking no for an answer; he left the throttle open off the last double launching himself past Dungey for the win by just two hundredths of a second. Dungey would go on to win the next two runs and advance to the final, but not without a fight from Hansen. Musquin continued his undefeated streak through the semi finals besting teammate Trey Canard. Hansen and Canard would later meet to battle for third place, with Canard taking the first run. But Hansen was not to be denied, sending it for back-to-back wins in to bring home an upset third place.

Marvin Musquin vs. Trey Canard
Ryan Dungey vs. Josh Hansen

A factory KTM battle for the title © Chris Tedesco / Red Bull Content Pool


Musquin came into the final looking to stay undefeated and he did just that. As the gate dropped on the first run, Marvin launched off the start and went on to take the win with a time of 40.2, besting his qualifying run by a fair margin. While Dungey did everything in his power to bring home the victory, the Frenchman proved unbeatable on this night, taking a commanding victory in the second run and sealing the deal for the 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm crown.

Marvin Musquin vs. Ryan Dungey


The Alta electric bike was a serious competitor © Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Quarterfinal Lites

There are moments in racing that will go down in history, and the quarterfinals at Red Bull Straight Rhythm will be one of those moments. Josh Hill took to the gate aboard an Alta Motors Redshift MX, marking the first time in history that an electric motorcycle lined up at a professional motorcycle race. While many fans were skeptical of the bike’s capabilities, Josh Hill quickly put those doubts to rest by winning the first run of the best of three and then marching on to defeat Kyle Cunningham in a third run. While the electric bike turned heads, the one and only Ronnie Mac sobered up and made his attempt at the Lites class. While some might argue that the odds were stacked against him, Uncle Ron gave it his best shot against Jordon Smith and gave the fans a show they won’t soon forget.

Mitchell Oldenberg vs. Kerem Fitzgerald 
Josh Hill vs. Kyle Cunningham
Jordon Smith vs. Ronnie Mac
Shane McElrath vs. Jon Ames

Jordon Smith launched the scrub of the day © Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Semi Finals Lites

Josh Hill and his electric bike squared off against the Troy Lee Designs Factory KTM of Mitchell Oldenberg in the Semifinal round. Although the electric bike didn’t come out on top, Hill kept Oldenberg honest, proving that the folks at Alta Motors have put together a machine that is more than capable of competition. Some of the closest racing of the night came from the semi battle of McElrath and Smith. The evenly matched duo traded victories on the first two runs, with Smith launching the biggest scrub of the event. In the end McElrath came out on top to headed to the final to take on Oldenberg.

Shane McElrath vs. Jordon Smith
Mitchell Oldenberg vs. Josh Hill

TLD KTM riders air it out in the sand section © Christina Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Final Lites

It was a Troy Lee Designs KTM showdown in the Lites final as Shane McElrath took on Mitchell Oldenberg. McElrath came out of the gate with a head full of steam but Oldenberg kept him honest, launching out of the final rhythm section and slamming into the face of the finish line jump just missing out on the win. Entering the second run, it was quickly clear McElrath was not to be denied as he ripped his way to the win and the 2016 Lites class title.

Shane McElrath vs. Mitchell Oldenberg

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