DAYTONA BEACH, FL – March 5, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Justin Hill showcased his speed last weekend when he went from 21st to fifth and this week the results spoke for themselves as Hill earned the runner-up spot at Daytona International Speedway.
Hill started the day with an awesome qualifying lap that put him on top of the time sheets. He carried that momentum into the evening’s racing, and started the Main Event just outside the top five. He put on a great charge over the long race, eventually making a late pass for second and claiming his best finish of the season. His second place finish puts him only seven points out of the championship lead.
“I felt really good all day, and think I could have had a chance for the win if I would have grabbed a better start,” said Hill. “It’s really awesome to feel this good and be right there in the championship battle.
Shane McElrath continued his fight back into form, but showed amazing heart during the Main Event. McElrath started outside the top 15, but picked off riders and eventually broke into the top 10. Despite still getting back to form after suffering an off-season injury, McElrath maintained his speed and finished the night 10th.
“Coming back from injury isn’t easy, but I’m trying to improve each week and I think that I’m growing and learning each race,” said McElrath. “We’ll take it race by race and hopefully I’ll see my results improve with each passing round.”
Alex Frye’s night didn’t go according to plan, finishing 22nd following an opening lap crash. He’ll look to get back up front next weekend during the third round as the series heads north of the border to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.
The trio of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM riders wore the SE Air Caution White/Navy Racewear and the SE Helmet. See all of the 2016 gear sets and the 2016 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
250SX Class Main Event Results
1. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha)
2. Justin Hill (KTM)
3. Martin Davlos (Husqvarna)
4. Malcolm Stewart (Honda)
5. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
6. Arnaud Tonus (Kawasaki)
7. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
8. Jesse Wentland (Honda)
9. Tyler Bowers (Kawasaki)
10. Shane McElrath (KTM)
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22. Alex Frye (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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