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McElrath and Seely – A2

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Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath picked up valuable points during the final Southern California stop of the season with a solid third-place finish in front of huge crowd inside Angel Stadium. With his podium finish, McElrath holds the coveted red plate with a six-point lead over second in the overall Western Regional 250SX Class standings.

After a week full of rain that drenched the area, it was a welcomed sunny day that greeted the riders for Round 3 of the series. McElrath was focused on keeping his points lead and started the night off right with a second place finish in the heat race. He got out to a nice start inside the top five and steadily worked his way up to eventually finish third on the night.

“Everyone was going fast today and I felt like I rode my best,” said McElrath. “I am happy to get a solid finish and hold onto the red plate. I am so thankful for all the support I’ve received and we’ll keep at this going to Phoenix.”

Troy Lee Designs rider Cole Seely put in his best ride of the season at Angel Stadium where he finished on the podium in third. His first time on the podium in 2017 also helped propel him into third overall in the championship standings.

While Seely didn’t post the fastest lap time during qualifying, he was able to quickly transfer to the main event through the heat race. Lining up well for the main event, Seely was one of the first bikes through the first turn. He settled into third and was able to hold off pressure throughout the 20 minutes plus one lap main event.

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“My goal after starting the season off the podium was to put in solid rides so I can be in the mix for the point’s standings,” said Seely. “It’s always good to walk away with the podium, but we’re right there when it comes to the overall standings. I know I have plenty to work on and I’m looking forward to building off this finish.”

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