EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – April 26, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath overcame many obstacles during his 450SX Class debut at MetLife Stadium to finish just outside the top-10 in 11th. Despite a vastly different schedule, a tough, ever-changing track, and qualifying through the LCQ, McElrath can be proud of his never-give-up effort in front of 60,582 fans in the shadows of New York City.
Nearly There Qualifying
With the 450SX Class qualifying much different than the 250SX Class, McElrath was faced with a different type of race structure when the main program started. The heat race only takes four riders, and McElrath was so close to qualifying through his first gate drop, finishing fifth. In the semi, he went down in the first turn, but still managed to make it up to sixth, again just missing the final cut off.
“It’s different only having four riders taken out of the heat,” said McElrath. “It’s the same amount of laps, but you have to work quick and I made mistakes that cost me the qualifying spot. The semi was a bummer because I felt like I had the speed to definitely get through, but went down. It’s all a learning experience.
After being so close to qualifying through the heat and semi races, McElrath made the LCQ count, winning by a sizable margin. There was no question that he was one of the quicker riders headed to the Main Event gate.
20-Lap Main Event
In addition to the different qualifying method and having to ride every lap leading into the Main Event, the feature race was 20 laps versus the 250SX length of 15 laps. McElrath came around the first lap in 12th, riding on the bubble of a top-10 for most of the race. In the end, he finished just outside the top-10 in 11th.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity to race something different and having my team behind me and support me was amazing,” said McElrath. “There is a learning curve for sure, but I think I was able to show some speed, and learn from every trip around the track. Now we’ll focus on getting that first win at the east/west shootout next weekend.”
Next week, the team will head back west to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas for the final stop of the supercross tour. McElrath will represent the team while his teammates recover from injury, competing in the Dave Coombs, Sr. East/West Shootout. The ever-popular shootout will crown a winner that can claim they were the best of both the Eastern and Western Regional 250SX riders.
McElrath wore the 2015 SE Corse Limited Edition Flo Orange gear, along with a custom designed SE3 helmet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. See more of the 2015 gear sets and the 2015 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
450 Overall Results:
- Eli Tomac (Honda)
- Ryan Dungey (KTM)
- Cole Seely (Honda)
- Blake Baggett (Suzuki)
- Andrew Short (KTM)
- Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
- Josh Grant (Kawasaki)
- Kyle Chisholm (Kawasaki)
- Jason Anderson (Husqvarna)
- Weston Peick (Yamaha)
- Shane McElrath (KTM)
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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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