September’s event promises to be a mix of motorsport and artistic expression that is expected to attract some of the most talented drivers in the world.
Playgrounds are usually for small children, but the Red Bull Imagination track near Fort Scott, Kansas is a playground definitely for big kids. Erected in 2020 for an inaugural freeride motocross event, the course has been updated for 2021 as competition is set to resume from September 14. a huge property equipped with jumps, berms, halfpipes and even shipping containers. Loaded with launch pads, riders are encouraged to experiment around the track and look for ways to use its features creatively. Runners are then judged on their run and the highest score wins. The upcoming event promises to be a mix of motorsport and artistic expression that is expected to attract some of the most talented drivers from around the world.
How the Red Bull Imagination course was revamped
Red Bull is always looking for ways to push the boundaries of motorsport and freeride motocross seems like a smart option to pursue. While freeriding features graceful jumps and soft landings, riders risk it all as they can fly up to 55 feet high and 140 feet wide. They take on a serious air, and while they look effortless, only a few riders can compete at this extreme level.
The original course in Kansas was designed by pilot Tyler Bereman and track designer Jason Baker of Dream Traxx. In 2020, it included 45 elements including a blind jump over a row of mature trees. This jump remains, but much of the course has been updated for 2021 and the start/finish has been eliminated. With a year to brainstorm and brainstorm, Bereman found several ways to improve the park. Its aim is to offer its fellow riders new features and lines, so that even the existing elements of last year can be approached in new ways. Based on his sketches, the 2021 course should allow for some pretty sick runs.
Freeride motocross will ride high in 2021
Last year, thanks in part to his knowledge of the course, Tyler Bereman won the inaugural event, with Colby Raha and Cole Seely rounding out the top three. The 2021 runners roster has not been announced, but based on some preview images, Ryan Sipes and Colby Raha look likely to return as they attempt to dethrone Bereman. And now that the peloton has had a chance to see and experience the course, the 2021 competition should be even more competitive and all the more stunning to watch.
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