Shane McElrath is quickly solidifying himself as one of the best riders in the 250 class. This year he once again wins Anaheim 1 and will take the red plate into Houston, Texas as he tries to win a title in his now 5th year in Supercross. We had a chance to interview him after the race to hear his thoughts.
Moto Now: Congratulations on your win here at A1, it’s got to feel pretty good.
Shane McElrath: Yeah it feels really good. We’ve had a good off-season, we feel good on the bike, feel strong, and we were ready to race. So to come and start with a holeshot and a heat win and then a holeshot and a main win, it just feels good to know that we are going in the right direction.
What did you think of the track tonight?
I think it was good, it was a good race track. There were different lines that you could make passes. It was kind of tight and technical just because [even though it was pretty mellow and easy] like Adam [Cianciarulo] said in the press conference, the intensity was so high, which made it that you were riding that very edge of making mistakes. I thought it was good, it was a good A1 track.
Last year, I got to admit, you surprised me, you came out and won the opener and had a great year with three wins. Coming into this year compared to last year, did you kind of feel like this was your year?
I just felt more mature this year. I don’t really want to say that it feels like my year. I just feel like I’m ready. I’m ready to race, I’m ready to grow, I’m ready to build and just continue learning. That is really what is all about because I mean the 450 class is the ultimate goal. I mean right now we are on the 250 stepping stone and we are just trying to learn all we can. We will go have a big week this week and come into Houston with the same mentality and mindset. That is to race these guys as hard as I can. Wherever that ends us that ends us, but yeah these guys are going to be tough and we will be ready.
So do you think you have a good shot of just keeping the momentum going into Houston?
Yeah I think we are in a good position. I think that we are going to continue to build, grow and learn. This is going to be a big learning year and I really look forward to it and I’m ready to fight these guys until the end.
I was looking at the riders coming into A1 and I got to admit it’s pretty stacked. I mean there is six guys that have had a race win in the past. Do you ever kind of eye yourself up to the rest of the field or do you just leave that until you go out on the track?
Yeah, it is really easy to get caught up in that stuff and I try not to just because it can go in a million different directions. For me it is best to just kind of keep looking forward and know what I got to do and what I’m capable of and just believe in myself.