News 23 Oct 2017

KTM's Musquin successfully defends Straight Rhythm title

McElrath and Steinke claim Lites and Two-Stroke class victories.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin has extended his winning streak at the unique Red Bull Straight Rhythm event, taking yet another victory over the weekend to defend his title.

The Frenchman went undefeated throughout the quarter finals, semi finals and finals to be credited the victory, ultimately defeating the popular Josh Hansen (Suzuki) in the last outing of the night.

The battle for third came down to Broc Tickle (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Kyle Chisholm (Honda), but it was Tickle who reigned supreme, beating the Honda-mounted rider 2-0 to step onto the podium.

In the Lites division, Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath defended his Straight Rhythm title against Sean Cantrell (KTM), who after winning the second run in the finals, saw the battle come down to the final race, but it just wasn’t to be for the FMX ace.

Third was decided between Alex Martin (Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM) and Ryan Sipes (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), although Martin would steal third with two run wins to his credit.

In the newly-added Two-Stroke class, Gared Steinke (KTM) would out do the infamous Ronnie Mac (Honda), beating the internet sensation 2-0. Mac suffered a large crash in the first run, but returned to action that would ultimately see him accept a loss. Sipes was awarded third in the category.