Shane McElrath Gave Hometown a Great Performance at Muddy Creek Raceway

McElrath was impressive in front of home crowd

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath gave his hometown fans something to cheer about with an impressive performance at the fifth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Muddy Creek Raceway. Teammate Mitchell Oldenburg finished the day narrowly missing the top 10 in 11th overall.

Shane McElrath, Troy Lee Designs, KTM, Muddy Creek Raceway
Shane McElrath gave an impressive show for his hometown for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Muddy Creek Raceway.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

With the track location just over 100 miles from where McElrath grew up, the North Carolinian felt the support on the sidelines. The opening moto put McElrath inside the top 10 and moving forward. By the checkered flag, he claimed the fifth-place spot.

In Moto 2, it was the No. 30 of McElrath’s KTM 250 SX-F that claimed the holeshot and a commanding lead over the field. He held onto the lead until the final lap when he encountered a few lappers and had to settle for second. His 5-2 score propelled him to third overall, claiming his first podium of the season.

“I felt good despite the heat and a rough track, so I’m happy to get the good result, but felt like I should have had that win,” said McElrath. “It was really cool to have North Carolina represented on the podium. I had a lot of family and friends here so I’m happy to give them a good result.”

Shane McElrath, Troy Lee Designs, KTM, Muddy Creek Raceway
McElrath claimed his first podium of the season at Muddy Creek.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

The first moto not only saw McElrath near the front, but his teammate Oldenburg put in a great opening moto ride where he finished eighth. The second moto Oldenburg had to work his way up a bit after a mid-pack start, but made the most of the 30 minutes plus two laps and scored 12th. His 8-12 score pushed him just off the top 10 to 11th.

Shane McElrath, Troy Lee Designs, KTM, Muddy Creek Raceway
Shane was able to move up to the top 10 in points after last weekend's race.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

After five rounds, McElrath moved up into the top 10 in points, while Oldenburg slide down to 11th. Next weekend the series makes its way to Michigan as they riders celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Red Bud MX on July 2.

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM riders wore the SE Phantom Navy and SE Air Corsa Navy Racewear with the SE4 Twilight Navy helmet. See all of the 2016 gear sets and the 2016 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.

Shane McElrath, Troy Lee Designs, KTM, Muddy Creek Raceway
The KTM rider is now placed in third in the 250 Class results.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs
250 Class Results (Moto Finishes)
1. Cooper Webb, Yamaha (2-1)
2. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (1-7)
3. Shane McElrath, KTM (5-2)
4. Jordon Smith, Honda (4-6)
5. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha (6-5)
6. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna (3-10)
7. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (10-4)
8. RJ Hampshire, Honda (19-3)
9. Alex Martin, Yamaha (9-9)
10. Arnaud Tonus, Kawasaki (12-8)
11. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM (8-12)