Words: Redferrin / Photos: Biro
Shane McElrath's path to becoming motocross elite has certainly been an interesting one. Entering as a relatively unknown amateur in 2012, McElrath put in the long hours and reaped the benefits at the big dance. Earning a win in the B class on a national level is a task on any day, much less against the likes of Cooper Webb and company in Hurricane Mills. In one of the fastest classes in quite some time, Shane claimed his steak in the division leaving Loretta Lynn's with a newfound confidence, a moto win, as well as a life changing offer of support direct from the Troy Lee Designs offices. Over the next seasons, the positive results continued to pour in as the sweat poured out. Fast forward to February 2015: Supercross has left the west coast after several weeks of top notch racing have just came to a close and Shane is fresh off of his best Supercross finish yet, second overall in San Diego. Fifth place in the points standings, Shane hits the break more determined than ever. With his eyes focused crisply on putting himself into the top three, Shane's got more motivation flowing in his veins than ever before.
Shane McElrath: It was definitely a huge relief, especially coming into the break because it would have been a much longer and less enjoyable break had I not left everything on the track. I am really happy with a second because it is a good starting place but I feel like I should have won that. I kind of got too excited once I got into second and made a few mistakes and decided to just settle in to finish out the night on the box.