Shane McElrath Joins Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha for Final 4 Pro Motocross Rounds
This morning, the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha confirmed the signing of #12 by press release. With Phil Nicoletti suffering from another broken arm injury as he looked to return to racing following a broken arm suffered during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, a Yamaha YZ450F remained open for McElrath. Below is the full press release from the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha team.
Shane McElrath will end the outdoor season with the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX team
Fan-favorite No. 12 will continue the season aboard a Yamaha
CHESTERFIELD, SC – McElrath agreed to put his skills to good use with the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX team after learning his services were no longer needed as a replacement rider. His 2022 season took a bit of a detour when his original team folded after the Supercross season ended. He was looking for a race for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season and landed as a backup rider with Husqvarna for four races. As the season developed and McElrath continued to post top-ten finishes, Husqvarna agreed to continue the relationship for four more rounds. In August, with the return of their runner(s) to the roster, McElrath was no longer needed to fill in for the remainder of the season. Like everywhere else in his career, McElrath parted ways on good terms and began looking for an opportunity elsewhere.
McElrath said, “My original plan was to buy a few bikes and go the private route. I hadn’t expected anyone else to need me for just four races. I had the support to do the last four laps on my own and was one flight away from having all the pieces in place. As the Lord would have it, I was talking to Brandon [Haas] on a different topic when advised that [Phil] Nicoletti was unable to line up for the remainder of the season, recovering from a broken arm. One thing leading to another, he offered me the place.
Twenty-seven-year-old McElrath is no stranger to ClubMX as it was his training ground of choice as the top amateur prospect from 2011-2013. he had the skills and determination to succeed in the professional ranks. He was picked up by the Troy Lee Designs team in late 2013 and turned pro in 2014. He scored points in every race he entered as a pro, which brings us to his first top ten at Unadilla in August 2014. So it’s fitting that he returns to Unadilla this week with a fresh start in the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX team.
“I’ve known Shane for a long time and knew he would be great. We didn’t have the platform to support him professionally at the time, so I was happy when he got his TLD contract. I knew in my heart that one day our paths would cross where he could ride for our team and that time has come. He’s a great guy and he deserves the best this sport has to offer. The time had come to give him a luck and we’re able to do it with good equipment. It’s the perfect example of keeping communication open and relationships intact – Shane and I have always stayed in touch and it’s gratifying to have him join us. Says owner Brandon Haas
McElrath has been training at the ClubMX facility in South Carolina with the rest of the team and is quickly acclimating to the Yamaha. In great detail, he had to pave the way with other personal sponsors to make this deal happen and to his credit, they all agreed. It’s just one more layer of the respect he’s earned and the relationships he’s built throughout his career.
He will line up at #12 at Unadilla and finish the season with the team. This will make for an exciting ride for everyone involved!
Follow Shane on Instagram at: @shanemcelrath_