Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing continued its win-streak with Shane McElrath putting on a dominating performance to take the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East win inside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. McElrath’s win was the seventh of his career and he’ll take the red number plate proudly into next weekend.
McElrath has been confined to the west coast for most of his 250SX career but proved that he could handle the dirt of the east with a commanding ride in Tampa. The track was challenging and tested the riders’ ability to handle the ever-changing conditions. With the first gate drop of the night, the North Carolinian collected the Heat race win in convincing fashion. As the Main Event got underway, McElrath wasted no time getting to the front and quickly gapped the rest of the field. When the checkered flag flew, it was McElrath with the win almost three seconds ahead of the runner-up.
The 250SX East Championship continues next weekend at Round 8 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on Saturday, February 22, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Wil Hahn – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team Manager
“Tonight was a great night for us. We have to go home and do our homework to make sure we keep the ball rolling. I’m really proud of the team and Shane. It felt good to continue the momentum the boys started on the west coast.”
Shane McElrath – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing
“This win was a big relief to be honest. All off season we’ve been steady, we’ve been working. Anything I could improve on, we’ve worked on it. I’ve changed everything having to do with my racing, so it would be easy to question it. I had to trust in those changes and believe we could be up here. I worked as hard as I could and in the end it paid off. The track was not easy. It was technical. But that’s what we have worked for, so I felt prepared for this.”