Shane McElrath to complete 2022 motocross at Muc-Off Yamaha

After racing the first eight rounds of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season as a replacement rider for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, Shane McElrath will close out the season with the Muc-Off Yamaha team in the final four rounds.

“I’ll end up outside, God willing,” McElrath said in a video posted by Vurbmoto. “I want to finish the season. This is my first outdoor 450 and I’m really excited about the opportunity.

McElrath debuted this year with a 10th-place finish at Fox Raceway thanks to an 11th-place finish in Moto 1 and seventh in Moto 2. Since then, consistent finishes of 14th or better in every overall standings and a total of four top- 10s put him 10th in the standings, 27 points ahead of 11th-placed Garrett Marchbanks and within striking distance of Joey Savatgy.

He has a better overall standing of eighth at Thunder Valley and fifth in the second run of this round.

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McElrath will replace Phil Nicoletti, who was expected to return to the series after recovering from a broken arm suffered during the Monster Energy Supercross series. Unfortunately, while training for his comeback, he suffered another fall and again broke his arm.

“My original plan was to buy a few bikes and take the privateer route,” McElrath said in a press release. “I didn’t expect 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 informed that 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.

McElrath was looking for a permanent run after his Supercross team shut down at the end of the 2022 season. He finished 18th in the 450 SX division with a best finish of seventh at Detroit in March.

Wiley C. Thompson