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.
Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM’s Shane McElrath made his first career trip to the podium in front of a sold out crowd at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Teammate Jessy Nelson overcame a tough start to come through the pack and finish eighth.
Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM’s Jessy Nelson made the best of a Main Event restart to grab the holeshot and come away with a second-place finish at the third and final stop in Anaheim, California. Teammate Shane McElrath also took advantage of the restart to finish sixth.
Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM's Jessy Nelson put in a valiant effort in Oakland, California to come through the pack after a first lap crash to finish in the top 10. Teammate Shane McElrath also worked his way through the deep field of 250SX Class riders to finish the night in 11th.
Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM's Jessy Nelson fought his way to a sixth-place finish after a rollercoaster Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Teammate Shane McElrath won his first-career Heat Race, and worked his way back from a crash to finish 10th in the Main Event.