Travisa/National Switchgear earn tenth at Atlanta SX
The SMS Racing KTM 250SX-F powers Sewell and team to best-ever Supercross Lites finish
ATLANTA – Kids around the world dream about racing Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. The youth who end up competing professionally and reach the pinnacle of making an AMA Supercross main event is a small percentage. Let alone earning a top ten. Indiana’s Shane Sewell, riding under the Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing banner, had one of his dreams come true Saturday night, February 25 when he finished tenth in the AMA Supercross East Coast Lites 250cc main event at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
There was much buzz around the Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear team during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross pit party. Fans packed the team’s pit to meet the athletes Sewell and Sean Lipanovich and get photos with the Get Dirty MX (GDMX) girls who were passing out GDMX giveaways. The buzz created more excitement as Sewell prepared for the night program.
Team rider Lipanovich was recovering from a pre-season injury and was unable to compete, as was Jeremy Hudleston who was injured during the Dallas round when he crashed during practice. Lipanovich is expected to race the next round and Hudleston possibly return in one-to-two weeks.
Sewell lined up for AMA Supercross Lites heat race number two on his SMS Racing KTM 250SX-F with a powerful DR.D exhaust system and gearing by Supersprox. He was ready for action and rocketed off the line with top ten start on his Dunlop tires. After six laps were complete, Sewell finished sixth to transfer directly to the main event in only the second-ever AMA Supercross race for the SMS Racing KTM prepared by Brian Storrie.
The 70,000-plus capacity crowd at the Georgia Dome were on their feet when the AMA Supercross Lites main event was at the starting gate. Sewell was on the line with his #68 orange and blue DeCal Works-emblazoned SMS Racing KTM 250SX-F. He rocketed off the start again protected by his FLY Racing gear and FLY Formula helmet. Sewell rode a clean and calculated race to move through the pack. At the checkers, he crossed the line in tenth place as the first non-factory KTM rider.
This is first top ten AMA Supercross finish for Sewell, for Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear and for SMS Racing. As a result Sewell’s finish in his first AMA Supercross East Region Lites main event this season, Sewell is in 16th place in the standings after two rounds with six events remaining.
“Shane rode amazing in Atlanta, from qualifying to the main event,” said Tim Shea, team manager. “He charged all day long. We're all very proud of him – we knew he could make the top ten. I want to thank all our sponsors and also GDMX for joining our team for the Atlanta round. It was great working alongside the GDMX crew."
Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing will appear at round nine of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, which is also East Region Lites round three, on Saturday, March 3 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. You may buy tickets at www.supercrossonline.com. During the pit party look for the team’s purple and yellow rig and come over to meet the riders and check out the team’s fully-prepared SMS Racing KTM 125SX two-stroke project bike showcasing the team’s sponsors’ products. It may be the only two-stroke motorcycle in the AMA Supercross pits. Also stop by to watch AMA Supercross videos from the 1980’s.