LAS VEGAS (May 5, 2018) –Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith and Shane McElrath both graced the podium inside Sam Boyd Stadium and ended the 2018 supercross season on a high note. With the showdown race highlighting both the east and west coast riders, the field was deep with talent but the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM riders proved up to the task as they collected second and third, respectively. Teammate Sean Cantrell closed out his first supercross season with a solid ride, finishing in 11th.
After finishing second in his heat race, Smith was ready to end the season with another top result. Smith was one of the few riders that got faster as the race went on and it showed as he moved from fifth to second in the main event on a tough track. As he picked off riders and moved to second, he solidified second overall in the Eastern Regional 250SX championship.
“We had a little bit of a slow start to the season, but really put in a charge in the end and finishing strong is how I wanted to remember it,” said Smith. “I felt really good tonight and it helped when I came out fifth after the start. The track had slick spots and you had to be on it the whole race to make sure you didn’t make a mistake that would cost you. It’s great to bring home second in the championship, I just wish we were a little closer coming in to put up a fight tonight.”
Western Regional 250SX rider McElrath was a force to be reckoned with on the start of the main event, rounding the first turn with his second holeshot of the season. He led the first half of the race before moving into second. McElrath was unable to hold off the advances of his teammate Smith and settled for third on the night and third overall in the championship standings.
“The west coast had some stiff competition so to come out with two wins and two more podium finishes is a good feeling,” said McElrath. “I’m thankful we are heading into outdoors healthy and it’s time to see what we can do this summer. Every year I want to look back and see that there have been improvements made. I know I still have room to grow, but overall we had a good season.”
Cantrell closed out his rookie supercross season with a decent showing in Las Vegas. He got out to a nice start in the main event around seventh and after falling back to 14th, picked up the pace and started to pick off riders. He pushed all the way until the checkered flag to finish just outside the top 10 in 11th.
“It’s been a huge learning year and to have some solid showings at the final rounds makes me optimistic for the future,” said Cantrell. “Each week I’ve tried to make sure I was moving forward and these final few races felt like that overall. I’m ready to tackle my second season of outdoors and try to get some career-best finishes.”
The final KTM Junior Supercross Challenge of the season was one to remember with battles happening throughout the three-lap race. Cale Stinnett took the early lead and led the opening two laps, but fell in the sand on the final lap. This opened the door for Juan Izaguirre and Vincent Wey – former supercross rider Nick Wey’s son – to battle for the win, with Wey edging out Izaguirre at the checkered flag. Stinnett was still able to bounce back from his fall to round out the podium.