Nelson Makes Podium Return with Runner-Up Finish

ANAHEIM, CA – February 1, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  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.

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Heat Race Winner
Nelson started the day qualifying in the top five, using that speed to grab his third heat race win of the season (Phoenix, Oakland and A3).

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Wild Main Event
It was a wild night for the riders when it came to the Main Event. After running five laps, the race official determined that not all gates dropped properly, making it an unfair start. This played to both TLD riders’ advantage.

“I had a great heat race,” said Nelson. “The restart helped me since my start wasn’t as good in the first gate drop. Once I was in the lead, it was good, but I made some mistakes and Cooper got around me. Overall I still felt good about my ride. We’ll see what we can do next week in San Diego.”

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Striving for Improvement
Like Nelson, McElrath couldn’t complain about the restart, making up positions and eventually finishing just outside the top five in sixth.

“I was definitely thankful that we got to have a full restart,” said McElrath. “I should be getting better starts, and thankfully I was able to put a decent one together on the restart. I felt good and I know I’ll just keep working at getting on that podium before the season is over.”

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Looking Good On The Track
Riders were easy to spot in the Main Event in their GP Hot Rod Orange gear.

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We’re Off To San Diego
Nelson moved into second in the championship standings, while McElrath is eighth.

The Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM team makes its final stop at Petco Park in San Diego, California before the Western Regional 250SX Class goes on a two month hiatus, returning April 11 in Houston, Texas.

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The Team TLD riders wore the new 2015 GP Hot Rod Orange and the SE Pro Corse Flo Yellow gear, along with the 2015 SE3 Team Yellow Limited Edition helmet at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. See more of the 2015 gear sets and the 2015 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.

250 Overall Results:

  1. Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
  2. Jessy Nelson (TLD/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM)
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  4. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  5. Matt Bisceglia (Honda)
  6. Shane McElrath (TLD/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM)
  7. Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
  8. Justin Hill (KTM)
  9. Alex Martin (Yamaha)
  10. Cole Martinez (Yamaha)
  11. Jackson Richardson (Honda)
  12. Thomas Hahn (Honda)
  13. Zack Freeberg (Yamaha)
  14. Chris Alldredge (Kawasaki)
  15. Tyler Bowers (Kawasaki)
  16. Trevor Reis (Yamaha)
  17. Malcolm Stewart (Honda)
  18. Ryan Breece (Yamaha)
  19. Austin Politelli (Yamaha)
  20. Blake Lilly (KTM)
  21. Zach Bell (Husqvarna)
  22. Johnny Jelderda (Honda)

TLD would like to thank all our sponsors: Lucas Oil, Red Bull, KTM, PPG, MAVTV, GoPro, adidas, Seaspan, Pro Tork, Fender, FMF, Horizon Hobby, Method Race Wheels, Renthal, New Era, Dunlop, VP Racing, Pixelmags, Alpinestars, WP Suspension, ODI Grips, Oakley, Hinson, Galfer, Kite, Specialized, SRAM, Twin Air, Cycra, D.I.D., Dirt Star, Xtrig, Kryptonight Industries, Kasey Kahne Racing, McQueen Racing, NStyle, ACAT Global.

About Troy Lee Designs

For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.

About KTM

“READY TO RACE” for KTM, these three words are far more than a simple slogan. They stand for the entire company philosophy of developing vehicles that can without any modifications comprehensively assert themselves in any race. Direct from the dealer onto the track and into the battle for victory. Designers, engineers and riders are bound by a clear common denominator: an unconditional passion for motorcycles. The whole KTM family is a living example of this worldwide. Countless offroad World and European championship titles plus brilliant victories in the world’s toughest races (International Six Days Enduro, Dakar Rally, Erzbergrodeo, and many more) all speak for themselves. And KTM Supermotos, Naked Bikes, Superbikes and the X-Bow all demonstrate what an “orange” lead means on asphalt.