Electricity to Hit Red Bull Straight Rhythm
For the first time in history, an electric motorcycle will compete in a professional motocross race.
An electric bike is going to race professional motocross. Twenty years ago, that opening sentence would have been ridiculous. But in 2016, Red Bull Straight Rhythm will play the stage for the debut of an electrically powered machine racing against factory race equipment. Alta Motors will debut their Redshift MX in the Lites class with former Supercross winner Josh Hill at the helm.
The Redshift MX has been a work in progress for Alta Motors for years. The motocross world has known that electric technology would one day knock on the door, and that day has arrived. Powered via a 5.8 kWh battery, the Alta Redshift is the first electric bike the world has ever seen fit for professional competition on a track. Hill has been peppering the social media world with videos of himself riding the bike throughout 2016, with more and more surprised reactions in the comment section. People did not expect to see electric bikes break into the pack this quickly.
Alta’s feverish testing has paid off, and they have a bike in the Lites class at 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm. The battle is far from over for the rookie manufacturer — along with Hill, the Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull KTM trio of Jordon Smith, Shane McElrath and Mitchell Oldenburg will vie for a shot at the Lites title.
Along with four of the eight Lites riders, eight of the 16 Open class riders were announced, headed up by the 2016 AMA Supercross champion Ryan Dungey. Dungey is fresh off a neck injury that took him out of the title hunt in AMA Pro Motocross, and seeing that this is the longest he’s been away from the racetrack through a summer since he turned pro in 2007, he is grinding his teeth at the opportunity to take the Open title in 2016 at Red Bull Straight Rhythm. Dungey will be joined by teammate and 2014 Straight Rhythm Lites champ Marvin Musquin, along Austin Politelli, Vince Friese, Josh Hansen, Mike Alessi, Jeff Alessi and Nico Izzi.
Check back in the coming days for the rest of the lineup in both the Lites and Open classes set to take to the Red Bull Straight Rhythm track on Oct. 22 in Pomona.