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Bikers amaze at Fairplex

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Crowds gathered on Saturday at the Fairplex to watch professional motocross as the Red Bull Straight Rhythm returned for its sixth year.

With 27 riders, eight advanced to the quarter finals. Practice, qualifying, race and finals all took place in the same day.

The stands were filled with fans and the smell of beer, hot dogs and nachos.

People came prepared for this all-day event with food, sunscreen and drinks. Fans also lined up by the merch table to purchase their favorite motocross shirts and souvenirs.

The races were split into three classes, the Two-Stroke Shootout, the Lites Class, 250cc and below, and the Open class, greater than 250cc.

For the 250cc class final Ken Roczen took first place, Brandon Hartranft took second, Josh Hansen took third and Pierce Brown took fourth.

For the 125cc class final, Joey Crown finished in first place, Michael Leib came in second, A.J. Catanzaro took third, and Max Vohland finished fourth.

In the 500cc class, Tyler Bowers took first place and Travis Pastana came in second.

The air was filled with yells and cheers, as the bikers performed tricks such as back flips and front flips in mid-air.

“It’s always a family atmosphere, there are good people here and we always have a fun time when we come,” said Jen Baisley of Glendora. “My kids love to see the jumps and tricks the bikers have,” said Baisley.

Fans were lined up by the pit, front row watching as each biker races down the track competing head-to-head.

“I like the head-to-head battle because there are no strategies in it and they do cool jumps and the obstacles are pretty risky,” said Glendora resident Michael Mannschreck. “I was cheering for Travis Pastrana the whole time, he is easily the greatest action sports hero.”

—Jacquelyn Giambalvo

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