Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin Starts Motocross Season with Second Overall Result

SACRAMENTO, CA – May 21, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin kicked off the Pro Motocross season in great fashion as he rode to an impressive second overall at Hangtown MX. His 4-4 moto result propelled Martin to his ninth career podium finish. Teammate Mitchell Oldenburg also collected a top-10 result in ninth overall, while rookie Sean Cantrell showed moments of skill in his first professional race scoring 12th overall. Shane McElrath bounced back from a first turn crash in Moto 1 to finish the day 13th overall.

Martin’s opening moto saw him start in the top 10 but it took him some time to get by riders in the opening laps. He turned on the speed late in the moto and was able to make it up to fourth. In the second moto, he was battling with the front pack early and was able to hold on for a fourth place finish, giving him second overall.

“Normally a 4-4 doesn’t get you the runner-up spot but I’ll take it,” said Martin. “I felt pretty good today for how hot and rough the track ended up being. It was pretty hard to pass in spots, which made it tough for me first moto. I relied on my fitness to make sure I was there in the end because I was really pushing it most of the race.”

When the gate dropped on the opening moto, Oldenburg was stuck mid-pack but came around the first lap in 11th. He steadily worked his way through the field of riders to collect sixth. In the second moto, he wasn’t so lucky to get through the first lap unscathed and started in the back of the pack. Despite his 29th place start, Oldenburg made it all the way through to 12th place, still keeping him inside the top-10 overall in ninth.

The newest rider on the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team turned out a respectable first showing at Hangtown. Cantrell put his name on the map with a great few opening laps in Moto 1 where he rode with the front-runners. He would eventually finish 10th in the first moto, but while having to work with a harder start in Moto 2 he still finished 13th which would give him 12th overall.

McElrath’s day didn’t start the way he wanted after being collected when a rider went down in front of him in the second turn of Moto 1. He came around the first turn in 30th and worked his way back up to 16th. McElrath got a much better start in the second moto and managed to finish 10th for 13th overall.

The team will head to its backyard in San Bernardino for the Southern California round at Glen Helen Raceway on May 27.

The team was sporting the all-new racewear from the 2018 collection running the GP Air Polka Dot Orange and Navy Racewear during both motos. The gear was accompanied by the SE4 Carbon Squadra Team Helmet. See all of the 2017 gear sets and the 2017 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.

250 Class Results (Moto Results)

  1. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna (1-1)
  2. Alex Martin, KTM (4-4)
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (3-5)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki (2-8)
  5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (11-2)
  6. Colt Nichols, Yamaha (5-6)
  7. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (7-7)
  8. Justin Hill, Kawasaki (8-9)
  9. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM (6-12)
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha (9-11)

12. Sean Cantrell, KTM (10-13)
13. Shane McElrath, KTM (16-10) 

250 Class Points, After 1 of 12 Rounds

  1. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 50
  2. Alex Martin, KTM, 36
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 36
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 35
  5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 32
  6. Colt Nichols, Yamaha, 31
  7. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 28
  8. Justin Hill, Kawasaki, 25
  9. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM, 24
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha, 22

14. Shane McElrath, KTM, 16

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.

Source: Troy Lee Designs