Shane McElrath already have signed a deal with HEP Suzuki for 2023 Season in and will be official very soon, alongside Kyle Chisholm and Ken Roczen, even if the latter will not be in the Twisted Tea / Progressive Insurance team but at HEP Motorsports Ecstar, for sponsor conflicts. Which means that Suzuki will line up the two reigning SX world champions at Anaheim 1..
Good news for the sport and for Shane, who has struggled since his move to 450. We remember that he came very close to the SX East Coast title in 2020, failing only 9 points behind. a certain Chase Sexton, after having held the red plate for a long time on his Yamaha Star Racing. Since then, McElrath has changed teams more times than Rozcen has tried a bike in recent weeks. Signed to Moto Concepts for his debut with the “big boys”, a back injury prevented him from showing his skills in SX. Back in SX in 2022, he started the year in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC team, the very one that sank during the season. Before bouncing outdoors at Husqvarna Rockstar while waiting for the return of Dean Wilson, then at ClubMX Yamaha. Before signing for Rick Ware Racing for World SX!
The signing of Shane McElrath in this revitalized Suzuki team should therefore be able to give some stability to this former great hope of the discipline. Who, despite his troubles, remains a very solid SX rider capable of approaching the top 5 in 450. New proof also of Suzuki’s sudden commitment, which has a strike force with the Roczen/Chisholm/McElrath trio considerable, with two strong riders and a star capable of winning races, or at least getting on the podium