Shane McElrath Takes Second-Straight Win at Round 2 of the 2017 Supercross

Two wins in a row for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM rider.

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath is starting off the 2017 Supercross season strong with his back-to-back first place win at the second round of the season took place inside Petco Park. McElrath put in the work during the 18-lap main event as he came from behind to extend his points lead. It was another near perfect day for McElrath, but unfortunately his teammate Mitchell Oldenburg encountered trouble in practice and suffered a broken collarbone.

Shane McElrath wrapped up his second 1st place win at Round 2 of the 2017 Supercross.
Shane McElrath wrapped up his second 1st place win at Round 2 of the 2017 Supercross.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

Like last weekend’s race in Anaheim, McElrath rode to the win during his heat race. With another good start to the night under his belt, McElrath set up for the main event in good shape with first gate pick. He shot off the line and settled into the top five early, eventually making his way to second just after halfway. He finally was able to make his move on the tough and rutted track with just a few laps remaining and held on despite some pressure at the end.

“That was a really tough race, but we train hard for moments like this,” said McElrath. “It’s not supposed to be easy and our team manager has been reminding us that we’ve put in the work to be right here. It was a really hard track and pretty demanding. There were a few times I felt like I was going to go down, but managed to keep it up. I am so happy to give this to my team two weeks in a row. I’m ready to go back to Anaheim and do what we can to keep it going next week.”

Shane McElrath wins second Supercross round.
Although it was a challenging race, McElrath had a very strong race and is looking forward to Anaheim 2.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

Earlier in the day while McElrath was earning the second position in timed practice, Oldenburg had an unfortunate incident on the track that caused him to go down, resulting in a broken collarbone. He’ll get it evaluated this week to get a better idea as to when he can return.

KTM Junior Supercross challenge
For the first time this season, the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge riders took to the track for an unforgettable display of young talent. After three exhilarating laps, it was Manuel Dumais that took the win, while Niccolo Mannini and Hunter Schmidt rounded out the podium, respectively.Photo Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  2. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
  5. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
  6. James Decotis (Honda)
  7. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha)
  8. Phillip Nicoletti (Suzuki)
  9. Hayden Mellross (Yamaha)
  10. Josh Hansen (Husqvarna)

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge Results

  1. Manuel Dumais
  2. Niccolo Mannini
  3. Hunter Schmidt
  4. Kolby Goff
  5. Jake Willis
  6. Layke Campbell
  7. Ashton Wells
  8. Preston Page
  9. Alex Unwin
  10. Jacob McPherson