Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM’s Shane McElrath made an awesome drive through the pack after being collected in a first-turn pile up to finish the final Western Regional 250SX Main Event of the season in fifth. A beautiful day at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California turned into one of determination as nearly half the field was caught up in the first turn. We relive the day as whole with a play-by-play of McElrath’s day in the Bay Area.
Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM’s Shane McElrath picked up where he left off before the two-month Western Regional 250SX break, claiming his second consecutive podium with a solid Main Event ride at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. McElrath was holding down representing the team as teammate Jessy Nelsonwill be sitting out the remainder of the supercross series as he recuperates from a practice injury.
In the rough and tumble world of motocross, you get put in difficult positions sometimes. Unfortunately, the TLD team and Jessy Nelson had to sit down this week and make the tough call that he wouldn't compete in the remaining 2015 Supercross West Region rounds.
The TLD Team, since it's inception in the Supercross discipline, has been focused on west coast Supercross only. That may change in the future, and a sign of that willingness to interact with the eastern seaboard is Shane McElrath getting his feet wet in the premier 450 class at New Jersey Supercross on April 25th.
Jessy Nelson is one of motocross’ brightest upcoming stars, currently ripping up the 250 class on a KTM. The San Luis Obispo County native has endured a litany of injuries, including the loss of a thumb when he was only eleven, and yet sits on the cusp of a successful elite-level career. Jessy has not finished outside of the Top Ten in any AMA SX race he’s entered in 2015. Those results also include three podiums with a first place finish in Anaheim.
Back in 2012, factory-supported heavy hitters Matt Bisceglia and Cooper Webb squared off for B class supremacy at the AMA Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s. They found a surprise third challenger in North Carolina’s Shane McElrath, an unknown who had only one top-five Loretta’s moto in seven years of trying. This time, McElrath had been putting in the work down in South Carolina’s Club MX facility, and showed up much faster and fitter than ever before.