HOUSTON, TX – April 11, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – 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 Nelson will be sitting out the remainder of the supercross series as he recuperates from a practice injury.
McElrath started his day with solid qualifying times and was looking good in his heat race. Unfortunately a crash took him out of contention, forcing him to the LCQ. Qualifying from the LCQ gave him a near-last gate pick, but that didn’t stop McElrath rocketing his KTM to the first turn in second, allowing him to quickly take over the lead. He held onto the lead for nine laps, eventually finishing in second and tying his career-best result.
“Getting back on the podium was exactly where I wanted to be when we came back from break,” said McElrath. “I had a lot of family drive from North Carolina and it was great to get this good finish in front of them. I’m ready to do it again next week.”
The Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM team heads to Northern California for the second stop in the Bay Area at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium on April 18 for the final round of the Western Regional 250SX Series, before the shootout in Las Vegas the first weekend in May.
McElrath wore the 2015 GP Hot Rod Blue gear during practice and the 2015 Air White Cheetah gear during the race, along with the SE3 One Shot Black/White CF helmet at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. See more of the 2015 gear sets and the 2015 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
250 Overall Results:
- Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
- Shane McElrath (KTM)
- Malcolm Stewart (Honda)
- Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
- Alex Martin (Yamaha)
- Justin Hill (KTM)
- Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
- Matt Bisceglia (Honda)
- Chris Alldredge (Kawasaki)
- Tommy Hahn (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.
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