SEATTLE, WA – April 8, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath finished fourth at CenturyLink Field, not battling man but nature as the track was a muddy challenge for Round 8 of the Western Regional 250SX championship. The North Carolina native didn’t let the toughest conditions the riders have seen in years keep him from showing off brand new racewear and taking a finish just off the podium. Teammate Alex Martin remained sidelined as he just recently started riding following injury at an early-season race.
McElrath started the race off strong but almost got stuck in a deep section of mud early in the race and fell back from second to fourth. He did his best to stick to his lines, surviving the worst race the riders had seen in recent memory. With the race shortened to only eight minutes plus one lap, McElrath pushed to make sure he held onto his fourth overall.
“That might have been the toughest race I’ve faced ever,” said McElrath. “I was hoping it would have been a good equalizer race, but the track didn’t even stay (enacted) for the heat race, let alone the main event. It was tough but once I almost got stuck, I just focused on keeping steady and finishing. Let’s hope that Salt Lake City isn’t like this, but it’s been known to be unpredictable as well.”
McElrath did what he could in the mud to showcase the all-new Troy Lee Designs racewear that is hitting shelves next week. Fans can find the GP Air Jersey Raceshop Ocean and GP Air Pant Mono Ocean for sale Monday, April 9 while the SE4 Composite Factory Orange helmet he was wearing is available now.
250SX Class Main Event Results – Seattle, Washington
- Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
- Chase Sexton (Honda)
- Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
- Shane McElrath (KTM)
- Justin Starling (Husqvarna)
- Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
- Mitchell Harrison (Husqvarna)
- Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha)
- Justin Hill (Suzuki)
- Hayden Mellross (Yamaha)
250SX Class Western Region Points Standings
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 177
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 160
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 153
- Shane McElrath, KTM, 146
- Chase Sexton, Honda, 132
- Justin Hill, Suzuki, 119
- Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha, 110
- Christian Craig, Honda, 106
- Mitchell Harrison, Husqvarna, 100
- Hayden Mellross, Husqvarna, 81
About Troy Lee Designs
For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets. 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