Shane McElrath Captures First in the 250 Class at Supercross
Teammate Mitchell Oldenburg finishes a solid 4th
Press Release, Troy Lee Designs
January 11, 2017
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.
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.”
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.