Over the weekend, the 2019 Red Bull Straight Rhythm took place at Fairplex in Pomona, California. This year’s event was two-stroke only again and the competitors took the replica/throwback vibe to another level. Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb road a Jeremy McGrath early 2000s KTM-inspired 250, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM’s Brandon Hartranft made his debut for the team in Evel Knievel themed gear, and recently retired Cole Seely’s CR250 bike build turned out to be a white Johnny O’Mara/Mugen Honda tribute, and several other riders recreated some of their favorite gear/bike replicas for the event. And then there’s AJ Catanzaro.
Catanzaro, who went with the James “Bubba” Stewart #259 Kawasaki 125 throwback last year, went with a Travis Pastrana tribute this year. He stopped by Pastranaland earlier this month and rode with the legend himself for side-by-side comparisons—where AJ even looks more like Travis than Travis does himself!
But this year, not only did he go all-out with the bike, graphics, and gear, but AJ went all-out Travis Pastrana on the track as well. Check out AJ’s GoPro footage from one of his runs again soon-to-be-crowned champion (no pun intended) Joey Crown, who following the checkered flag, was just as shook as AJ was.
Watch it from AJ’s point of view here:
And here's another angle of it because the helmet-cam doesn't do it any justice as to how gnarly of a flying W "The Cat" managed to keep on two wheels!