SAN DIEGO, CA – February 8, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – 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.
It was McElrath’s day to be a frequent visitor to the podium. He claimed his second heat-race win of the season and was ready to put it together in the Main Event. He wasn’t shy about getting to the front as he started in the top five and was in a podium spot before the end of the second lap. McElrath capitalized on another rider’s mistake and took over second where he would finish.
“I’m really happy to end on a high going into the break,” said McElrath. “Actually a little bummed there is a break because I feel like I could continue with this momentum, but glad I was finally able to put it all together. I knew I just needed to get a start and just push forward. I just tried to stay at it and it paid off.”
Nelson’s speed has been undeniable this season, but was unable to capitalize in the Main Event in San Diego. He got out to a 13th-place start and fought his way through the pack, eventually finishing eighth.
“I had a little bit of a rough weekend and my starts weren’t there,” said Nelson. “The championship is pretty much out of my grasp at this point. We’ll use the break to really focus on preparing for outdoors. When we come back, my goal is to get back on the box and close that points gap as much as I can.”
Nelson maintained second in the points, while McElrath shot up the standings and sits fifth.
The Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM team will now be on a two-month break from racing until the Western Regional 250SX Series resumes April 11 in Houston, Texas.
The Team TLD riders wore the new 2015 SE Pro Checkered Gray and the 2015 GP Air Galaxy Black/Yellow gear, along with the SE3 Galaxy Black/Yellow helmet and the SE3 One Shot Red helmet at Petco Park in San Diego, California. See more of the 2015 gear sets and the 2015 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
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.
250 Overall Results:
- Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
- Shane McElrath (TLD/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM)
- Tyler Bowers (Kawasaki)
- Josh Hansen (Kawasaki)
- Alex Martin (Yamaha)
- Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
- Zach Bell (Husqvarna)
- Jessy Nelson (TLD/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM)
- Thomas Hahn (Honda)
- Chris Alldredge (Kawasaki)
- Cole Martinez (Yamaha)
- Jackson Richardson (Honda)
- Zack Freeberg (Yamaha)
- Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
- Matt Bisceglia (Honda)
- Austin Politelli (Yamaha)
- Trevor Reis (Yamaha)
- Brandon Scharer (Suzuki)
- Michael Horban (Kawasaki)
- Ryan Breece (Yamaha)
- Justin Hill (KTM)
- Malcolm Stewart (Honda)
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.
“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.