Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/ Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath made his first-ever Monster Energy AMA Supercross podium on good timing. Last weekend at Petco Park in San Diego, California for round six, McElrath grabbed the holeshot and won his heat race. Then in the main, after a fourth place start, he made a few passes to capture his career best finish, second place. We checked in with McElrath who goes into the 250SX West Region break on a good note.
Jessica: What an awarding weekend for you Shane, as you went into heat 2 how did you manage to pull off your holeshot?
Shane: Matt swept wide and I crossed over getting the holeshot and took it from there taking the first couple corners as perfect as I could keeping my head down.
So 2015 represents your 2nd year out here racing Supercross, how does it feel to be working hard and now being able to show others your talent at its best making the podium?
Feels good being able to perform like I did before break. The bike was set up really good. I had a good start in the main and rode like how I did in practice.
Tells us a little bit about the main, taking home second and your first podium. Did you think at all that you should have finished in that first place spot?
I do feel like I could have won that race I was satisfied riding like I do in practice but Webb had a really good race. I got second and was excited so decided to settle in so that I wouldn’t give up any positions and focus on what was in front of me. It was a good finish before break.
Do you still stay in routine all through your break for the West Region?
I will be headed home to see family, rest and recover for a week in North Carolina. Then I’ll start back up with some outdoor testing and then back to training.
Not having the typical average job and getting to race but having to stay fit and train so intense, does it seem more like a job?
I do treat it as a job because of course there are some things that I’m not always wanting to wake up and do but I have fun seeing progress and it stays fun for me.
What are a couple things that you focus more on?
Prior training which takes place before the actual Supercross season really focuses on working your body hard getting it where I can ride comfortably and the ability to maintain it. Once season is here we work on maintaining all of that throughout it all. After a race we will look back to see what needs to be worked on exactly. Things like short sections or sprints.
This year you ride for Troy Lee Designs, Lucas Oil and Red Bull KTM.
Yea we changed bike rims this year, which was a big step for us but has been every bit of worth it.
Good luck to the rest of your season congrats on your first podium and maintain your hard work.
Thank you I appreciate it.