Troy Lee Designs Throws Fire At Anaheim 1 Supercross
One look at the Troy Lee Designs / VP Racing Fuels / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM setup at the Anaheim opener and you knew they meant business. The bikes, transporter and gear looked amazing and every last detail had been addressed. All that was left was to make it happen on the track. It was the team’s first supercross on KTM’s and anything less than a win was going to be a disappointment. Troy Lee Designs and KTM wouldn’t have to worry about that.
The heat races went okay as Jessy Nelson put in a solid ride for second and Shane McElrath was looking great in third until a late bobble dropped him back a couple spots. They both had good gate picks for the final coming out of heat one. Darryn Durham had his troubles in the heat. While running in fifth, Durham got mixed up with a couple riders jumping into a rhythm lane and ended up going down hard. He escaped injury but had to qualify through the LCQ where he finished third. He would have his work cut out for himself in the final.
When the main event blasted off it was the neon orange TLD / KTM of Jessy Nelson leading the way. Jessy put down a few hard laps to open a gap and was never really challenged for the lead. After fifteen perfect laps he would score his first ever supercross win and earn the first red plate of the 2015 season. After a grueling off-season with team trainer Brian Lopes pushing the rider’s limits, it was a sweet victory.
“I’m still just soaking it all in,” said an elated Nelson after the win. “I’ve worked so hard and I know all the team staff has too. It just makes all that effort worthwhile when you can get a win. This is an amazing feeling.”
Shane would get a good start in the final but have a crash that set him. He kept charging and finished in sixth on the night. Durham struggled off the line and had another crash in the final capping a forgettable first round.
With A1 in the rearview mirror, the team will apply the red plate to Jessy’s machine and head to the desert for the Phoenix round this Saturday, January 10th. Come cheer on the points leader and watch as the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM race team fights to win their first supercross title.
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