Shane McElrath is currently recovering from a concussion, grade 3 AC separation in his shoulder, bruised lungs and seven broken ribs, according to a post on his Instagram page last night. McElrath says no surgery is needed at this time.
The Troy Lee Designs/KTM rider sustained the injury with only a few corners remaining in the second 250 moto at the Red Bull Southwick National on Saturday. After getting passed by Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Alex Martin for third, McElrath was charging hard down the inside of a corner, and his bike's back end starting bucking and he went down hard. The impact was so brutal that McElrath’s wrist brace actually flew off.
This is another blow to the TLD team, who has been without Jessy Nelson (MCL, bone bruise), Justin Hill (back) and rookie Alex Frye (torn ACL) for much of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The team hopes to have Hill back either this weekend at Millville or Washougal. We've heard Nelson might be back shortly, also.
Following a slow start to the season, McElrath has picked it up over the last three rounds. Since the Tennessee National at Muddy Creek, McElrath has three top five finishes, including a second in moto two at Muddy Creek, prior to last Saturday.
We will continue to update his status as more information becomes available.