Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Points Battle at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (March 24, 2018) – Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith put in a great ride in fourth amongst a stacked field as the eastern and western regional classes came together for the first of two showdown races this season. Smith’s consistency over the past few races combined with a win in Daytona has put him only 10 points out of the lead with three rounds remaining. Western Regional rider Shane McElrath and his Eastern Regional teammate Sean Cantrell both fell victim to a first-turn pileup. While McElrath was able to make it back up to 13th place, Cantrell suffered another crash late in the race and scored 22nd.

Smith has been on a roll as of late and nearly grabbed another podium finish inside Lucas Oil Stadium. He was able to avoid the first-turn pileup thanks to a great start and near holeshot early in the race. He settled into third, but was overtaken just after the halfway point and held onto fourth, helping Smith to close in on the points leader once again. Each weekend he’s been able to pick off points and is now only 10 points out of the lead.

“It would have been nice to collect a few extra points in third, but to keep chipping away is a positive that we’ll take tonight,” said Smith. “It’s not over until it’s over and I will do everything I can to make my team proud. We get a few weeks off to regroup but I’m ready to get back out there in Minneapolis and try to close up the points gap.”

In his first race back since the Western Regional riders went on break, McElrath started his day strong as the third qualifier. He would go on to finish second in his heat, setting himself up for a good gate pick in the main event. When the gate dropped, McElrath was in good position until a rider clipped a tuff block, causing a chain reaction that stalled the riders behind the block. He came around the first lap in 16th and had to work his way forward through a stacked field, eventually making it up to 13th.

“I really wanted to capitalize on tonight’s showdown format, but after getting pushed out on the start it was an uphill battle,” said McElrath. “The track was pretty tough, as we expected, but there weren’t as many passing opportunities as I’d hoped. It’s been a long time waiting to come back and then have a showdown race made it pretty interesting. We’ll be ready for Seattle, no matter what the weather tends to throw at us.”

As a rookie, Cantrell hasn’t experienced the pressure of a showdown format before. He had a tough heat race and was forced to go to the LCQ where he finished second. When the gate dropped for the main event, Cantrell was able to avoid the pileup but still had opening lap troubles and came around in 19th. After a few laps, he got into more of a groove and was moving up, but ended up going down in the latter laps of the race and was tallied 22nd.

“This is a tough year to be a rookie with the triple crown formats and the showdown races, but I’m trying to use every opportunity to learn something new,” said Cantrell. “We get a few weeks off and I still have a goal to keep it inside the top 10 for the final few rounds.”

Even with all the excitement around the East/West Showdown, the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge riders put on a show of their own inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Mikey Sandidge got out to the early lead and couldn’t be stopped. The same went for the runner-up Grayson Townsend. The big move of the night went to the No. 1 of Austin Meads, who started seventh on the first lap, made the pass for the final podium spot on the last lap.

250SX Class Showdown Main Event Results – Indianapolis

  1. Jeremy Martin (Honda)
  2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  3. Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
  4. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  5. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  6. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
  7. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  8. Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
  9. Phil Nicoletti (Suzuki)
  10. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)

      13. Shane McElrath (KTM)
      22. Sean Cantrell (KTM)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

  1. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 151
  2. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 142
  3. Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 139
  4. Shane McElrath, KTM, 127
  5. Chase Sexton, Honda, 109
  6. Christian Craig, Honda, 106
  7. Justin Hill, Suzuki, 105
  8. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha, 95
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Husqvarna, 84
  10. Hayden Mellross, Husqvarna, 68

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 131
  2. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 124
  3. Jordon Smith, KTM, 121
  4. Jeremy Martin, Honda, 119
  5. Luke Renzland, Yamaha, 92
  6. Kyle Peters, Suzuki, 85
  7. Sean Cantrell, KTM, 59
  8. RJ Hampshire, Honda, 57
  9. Brandon Hartranft, Yamaha, 57
  10. Colt Nichols, Yamaha, 54

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge

  1. Mikey Sandidge
  2. Grayson Townsend
  3. Austin Meads
  4. Benjamin Brashear
  5. Lane Harden
  6. Jax Ellul
  7. Camdyn Hoyer
  8. Ryder Bloomquist
  9. Colton Toms
  10. Gannon Gates