Shane McElrath Captures First in the 250 Class at Supercross

Teammate Mitchell Oldenburg finishes a solid 4th

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath claimed his first career victory inside Angel Stadium as the 2017 supercross season got underway. It was a near perfect day for the North Carolinian, who grabbed the heat race win on his way to an emotional main event win. Mitchell Oldenburg wasn’t far off his teammate, finishing just off the podium in fourth.

Shane McElrath wins Round 1 of 250 SX class
McElrath celebrated with a top-of-the-podium finish at the first round of the 2017 Supercross.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

Entering the season opener healthy, a welcome change from 2016, McElrath proved from the first gate drop that he meant business. He claimed a dominant heat race win that gave him a great gate pick for the main event which paid off as he shot out and grabbed the first holeshot of the season. McElrath kept his pace the entire 15 minutes plus one lap to be the first point’s leader of the season.

“It’s so unreal,” said McElrath. “This is such a great feeling. I’ve been working really hard and this is the first time in a while where I’ve entered the season healthy. We’ll keep working hard and pushing each weekend to be up on the podium.”

Shane McElrath wins 250 class round 1
McElrath is off to a great start for the 2017 Supercross season.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

Like his teammate, Oldenburg got off to a great start at the season opener. He finished third in his heat and started inside the top 10 in the main event. Oldenburg made some quick passes in the early laps to settle in quickly to fourth where he crossed the finish line.

Mitchell Oldenburg finishes fourth in 250SX Class
Oldenburg took 4th place to give him a great start to the season.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

After a great start for the team, the second round takes the crew to Petco Park that features a beautiful backdrop of downtown San Diego.

Shane McElrath and Mitchell Oldenburg have great starts to 2017 season
Shane McElrath and Mitchell Oldenburg are both starting off strong for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  2. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  3. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
  4. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
  5. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  6. Jeremy Martin (Honda)
  7. Dan Reardon (Yamaha)
  8. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
  9. James Decotis (Honda)
  10. Kyle Chisholm (Honda)