ANAHEIM, CA- January 21, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath continued to represent the team in impressive fashion, earning one of three Main Event wins on the way to second overall. His finish helped him return to the top spot of the championship standings in a tie with three of 10 races complete.
The Western Regional 250SX class will only experience the triple race format once this season, but it seemed to bode well for McElrath. When the gate dropped in the first Main Event, McElrath showed his speed as he charged through the pack. He was trying to make a pass for second when he went down in the first turn. Getting up quickly, McElrath ended the race in fifth.
McElrath learned from the first main event and was aggressive in the opening lap of the second main event. It paid off with him emerging as the leader, clicking off laps and coming away with the victory. It came down to the final race of the night and even with a mid-pack start, McElrath wasn’t about to let an opportunity slip away, passing for fourth on the final lap to claim second overall.
“I had a lot of fun out there,” said McElrath. “It was crazy with the different format and I had to fight for that last one (main event finish). This season has had a lot of injuries and I’m just thankful to be here and healthy. I didn’t realize right away that we got the red plate back, but I will do my best to hold on to that next weekend.”
The KTM Junior Supercross Challenge put on a show for fans for the second time this season with Seth Dennis putting down the hammer early and leading all three laps. Brandon Eade settled into second early and came away with the runner-up spot while Talan Staggs rounded out the podium in third.
McElrath wore the GP Air Jersey Primsa Yellow and GP Air Pant Mono Yellow during practice and then switched to the GP Air Jersey Polka Dot Yellow and GP Air Pant Polka Dot Yellow. The racewear was worn with the SE4 Polyacrylite Helmet Factory Yellow.
250SX Class Overall Results (Main Event Results) – Anaheim, Calif.
- Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 1-2-1
- Shane McElrath (KTM), 5-1-4
- Christian Craig (Honda), 2-3-5
- Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 4-5-2
- Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 3-6-6
- Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha), 6-4-7
- Hayden Mellross (Yamaha), 7-10-8
- Chase Sexton (Honda), 15-8-3
- Phil Nicoletti (Suzuki), 8-7-11
- Justin Hill (Suzuki), 11-9-9
250SX Class Western Region Points Standings
- Shane McElrath, KTM, 68
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 68
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 66
- Christian Craig, Honda, 57
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 56
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Yamaha, 52
- Chase Sexton, Honda, 51
- Justin Hill, Suzuki, 42
- Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha, 39
- Hayden Mellross, Yamaha, 34
KTM Junior Supercross Championship
- Seth Dennis
- Brandon Eade
- Talan Staggs
- Brody Wilde
- Danny Miner
- Will Robinson
- Tucker Zimmerman
- Hunter Porco
- Evan Schultz
- Ryder Friday
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.
Source: Troy Lee Designs