Two in a row sees McElrath tie for 250SX East points-lead
Early mistake in Utah costly for defending champion Sexton.
A second-consecutive victory in Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East for Shane McElrath has tied him with Chase Sexton in the race for the 2020 crown.
McElrath and Sexton will enter Sunday’s seventh round of the eastern regional series on 140 points apiece after the latter finished fourth tonight.
It was Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha teammates Colt Nichols and McElrath out front early in the main event, while Sexton lost the front-end on lap two and had to climb his way forward from 15th position.
McElrath hit the front on lap seven and went on to take the checkered flag by 1.846s ahead of Nichols, with Jeremy Martin (Geico Honda) scoring third. He was in front of teammate Sexton, as Garrett Marchbanks (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) took fifth.
Places sixth through 10th were filled by Kyle Peters (Phoenix Racing Honda), Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Jo Shimoda (Geico Honda), Chris Blose (Chaparral FXR Racing Honda) and Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull KTM), who recovered after being caught up in the incident of Sexton.
The 250SX East championship will continue this Sunday when Monster Energy Supercross heads back into Rice-Eccles Stadium in Utah for the third race in eight days.