Roster Changes for TLD KTM at High Point
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM effort has announced some changes to its 250 Class lineup ahead of Saturday's Circle K High Point National.
The team's two most experienced riders, Shane McElrath and Jordon Smith, will not be on the gate for this weekend's race. McElrath will miss at least High Point, on the mend from a recent crash in training that left the former race winner shaken up. He currently sits 11th in the 250 Class standings, and will look to return to action at the Florida National. For Smith, a lingering wrist injury has forced the North Carolina to get surgery, which will effectively bring his 2019 season to a premature end. He currently sits 14th in points.
The injuries to McElrath and Smith are the latest instances of a misfortune-plagued season for the Troy Lee Designs squad, who are already without Sean Cantrell (wrist) and Mitchell Falk (collarbone).
Rookie Derek Drake will assume the role as the team's lead rider, while Australian Wilson Todd will extend his fill-in role with the team for a third National. Last week, the team also announced the addition of Cameron McAdoo to its ailing lineup. The experienced racer will contest at least four Nationals with the team, with his 2019 debut slated for this weekend at High Point.
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Team Update: Unfortunately, both @shanemcelrath_ and @smitty28_ will not be racing this upcoming weekend at @highpointmx. Earlier this week McElrath had a crash in practice that left him pretty shaken up. We are hopeful that with some rest this weekend he will be back next weekend in Jacksonville ready to go. As most know, Smith has been suffering with a wrist injury that he endured at Dallas Supercross this past season. Jordon has pushed these past weekends to try and be out there racing but the pain has become increasingly worse for him. Jordon will undergo surgery next week to fix the tendons in his wrist, we will keep you informed on his recovery in the next few weeks. We are ready to race this weekend and would like to take this moment to formally announce that we will have @mcadoo_44 filling in with us for the next 4 weekends ????????Derek Drake and Wilson Todd will join Cameron McAdoo this weekend at Highpoint for Rd. 4 of the @promotocross series. ???? @shepherdphotos