2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm 250 Class Photo Finish

Racing 250cc two-strokes at Fairplex in Pomona, California

Shane McElrath
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath took the victory in the 250 class at the fifth annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm.Brown Dog Wilson

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Shane McElrath took the victory in the 250 class at the fifth annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm. McElrath has now captured a top spot on the podium three years in a row, advancing out of the Lites class from last year into the premier category this year.

“I had to get a little angry and know that a good run wasn’t going to win,” McElrath said. “I mean, these two sitting on my right and left [Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto], they’re not four-time champs for nothing. It’s 40 seconds in a straight line, but this really teaches you a lot of technique and stuff. Man, God is good. This is awesome.”

Ryan Dungey
Ryan Dungey came out of retirement for the all-two-stroke race and finished second.Brown Dog Wilson

Ryan Dungey came out of retirement for the all-two-stroke race and battled with McElrath in the finals. The four-time AMA Supercross champion finished second for the night aboard a KTM 250 SX in his first race back since retiring from professional racing in 2017.

“That was fun,” Dungey said. “I was a little nervous coming into today. I mean, you’re going fast and you’re pushing it, but the bike worked awesome. I had a good time, got off some good starts, and I was pumped to get to where we did. I wanted the win for sure, but second is good too.”

Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto rounded out the podium in third.Brown Dog Wilson

Ryan Villopoto rounded out the podium on his retro-looking Yamaha YZ250 while Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith finished fourth.

Jordon Smith
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith grabbed fourth.Brown Dog Wilson
Josh Grant
Josh Grant was eliminated by Ryan Villopoto in round two.Brown Dog Wilson
Cameron McAdoo
Cameron McAdoo made it to round two, but was defeated by Smith.Brown Dog Wilson
Ryan Morais
Ryan Morais, who holds down a full-time job as a KTM test rider, made it to round two of the competition.Brown Dog Wilson
Cedric Soubeyras
French racer Cedric Soubeyras beat Ryan Sipes in the first round but was eliminated by Dungey in round two.Brown Dog Wilson
Gared Steinke
Defending champion Gared Steinke had a crash in the whoops that put him out for the night.Brown Dog Wilson
Darryn Durham
Darryn Durham raced an Alta Redshift MXR electric bike but was defeated by Dungey in round one.Brown Dog Wilson