The inaugural FIM SX2 World Supercross Championship was staged this autumn over two rounds and six points-paying races.
The rounds were held two weeks and over ten-thousand miles apart with the opener in Cardiff in Wales in early October before the series signed off on the other side of the planet in Melbourne, Australia, a fortnight later.
Coming off an injury-hit Monster Energy Supercross season in the USA that ended prematurely thanks to a concussion and a niggling knee problem, Shane McElrath – Yamaha looked fully fit in the Welsh capital city’s Principality Stadium and capitalised on mistakes by his rivals to snatch the lead in the SX2 division.
Consistency was key in Cardiff for McElrath, a two-time AMA 250cc West Coast Supercross runner-up. Running fourth in the opening points-paying race, he improved to third in race two and then signed off with a fifth in the Super Final to carry a super-slender single-point lead Down Under.
In Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium in front of more than fifty-thousand cheering fans the twenty-eight-year-old posted a pair of runner-up finishes before wrapping up the title in style with victory in the final race of the championship which clinched the crown by nine points from Britain’s Max Anstie – Honda.
In a professional career that stretches back to 2013, the victory earned McElrath his first major bit of silverware and the FIM SX2 World Supercross Championship now takes pride of place at the top of a racing CV that also boasts two career AMA Pro Motocross 250cc round wins and six Monster Energy 250cc Supercross Main Event victories.
FIM SX2 World Supercross Champion: 2022