Following a one-week hiatus, Team Honda HRC returned to action for round eight of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Millville, Minnesota’s Spring Creek Raceway with Cole Seely recording eighth overall via 8-6 finishes and Christian Craig ninth with 7-7 results.

When the gate dropped in moto one, Seely and Craig launched their CRF450Rs to top-10 starts. By the second lap, the two had worked their way into fourth and fifth, respectively. Throughout the remainder of the race, Craig and Seely struggled to maintain their momentum on the challenging track, falling back to seventh and eighth by the checkered flag. In moto two, Seely got another decent start but went down on the first lap, relegating him to 16th. He swiftly began maneuvering through the field, moving into fifth by lap 10. With three laps remaining, Seely fell one spot into sixth, which is where he finished. Meanwhile, Craig started the race in 12th and had moved into sixth by the halfway point before relinquishing one position in the closing laps to finish seventh.

NOTES

  • Prior to the Spring Creek National, Team Honda HRC’s mechanics and technicians spent two days in Claremont, Florida, testing at The Nest, a private test track, with Cole Seely and Christian Craig. “Our goal going to Florida was to make Cole more confident with his bike coming to the races,” explained Seely’s mechanic, Rich Simmons. “We also wanted to try different settings so he would know what direction he’d want to go if he does have an issue. He doesn’t know the new bike well enough outdoors and because of his injury he didn’t get enough time to develop it preseason, so he’s been struggling to figure out what direction to go in terms of fixing the front or rear for what he’s experiencing. I think it helped and he has a better feel for it now.”
  • On Friday, Seely and Honda brand ambassador Andrew Short were joined by GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig, Jeremy Martin, Chase Sexton and RJ Hampshire for an autograph session at Cycle City of Rochester. A large turnout of fans were on hand to meet their favorite rider, which hands-down was Minnesota native Martin.
  • During the morning qualifying practice, Craig led the charge aboard his CRF450R, securing the second-quickest time with a 2’28.561” lap, while Seely was ninth at 2’32.405”.
  • For the third consecutive race, Seely’s consistent result garnered him an additional position in the championship standings, moving him into sixth with 192 points.
  • Although it was not the result that he had hoped for in front of his hometown crowd, Martin overcame multiple mishaps to secure a respectable fourth overall via 4-5 marks. Teammate RJ Hampshire also put together two solid rides to finish sixth with 5-7, while Chase Sexton was 11th with 12-11 finishes.
  • It will be a short week for the Team Honda HRC crew as they head to Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington, for designated press day on Thursday, when Seely and Craig will talk with local media and ride the track during two 20-minute sessions.

 

THE FOCUS: Helping the Helpers

Earlier this season, Team Honda HRC collaborated with Road 2 Recovery to put together a once-in-a-lifetime eBay auction experience to benefit the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center. The package included the team’s Above and Beyond Impact Award from the 2017 Supercross season, tickets to a race of the winner’s choice, and a full behind-the-scenes look into race day. After 10 days online, the package sold to Brian Anderson for $2,750. On Saturday at Spring Creek, Team Honda HRC was pleased to host Brian, his son Lane, daughter-in-law Jenna Wolfe, and two friends. The group received a tour of Honda’s technical and hospitality trucks before having lunch with the team and meeting Cole Seely and Christian Craig. Before the day’s motos got underway, the group had the opportunity to tour the Alpinestars Mobile Medical unit, which is when American Honda presented the doctors with a check from Road 2 Recovery.

“We saw the auction through Road to Recovery go up and knew we had to bid on the package, as we love the sport of motocross racing and also knew the money we spent would be donated to help out injured riders,” Jenna said. “It was a win-win for us. We got to help those riders in need get the doctors’ services right on the track, and then we got to attend the races and meet some awesome people and riders. We also received quite a few amazing souvenirs! It was awesome to see what all goes into the setup and take-down and everyone involved before and after each race. Lane, my fiancé, grew up racing [beginning at age 4], so he has had the love for the sport since then and got me into it about five years ago. I’ve now fallen in love with the sport too. We don’t miss watching any race on TV, and at some point hope to make it to every National. The whole team was so nice and we really had the most amazing experience.”

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Cole Seely 14

The second moto was definitely the highlight of my day. Leading up to it was just okay. In practice, I never got a good lap in. It seemed like you needed to get out there and go right away and unfortunately I didn’t use that strategy. Instead I was trying to find lines and pick my way through. In the first moto I got a good start and just rode way too tight. I used too much energy in the beginning, made way too many big mistakes, and just wasn’t feeling it. I basically went backward in that one. I was still pretty tired heading into the second moto but we softened the bike up a little to make it easier to ride because the track was very treacherous. I got a decent start but actually went down on the first lap and fell back to 16th. I just started picking my way through guys and found myself in fifth before Eli [Tomac] got me on the second-to-last lap. It sucks I ended up eighth overall but I still feel like I’m making progress each week, even if the overall results don’t show it.

Christian Craig 48

Today started off pretty good. I’ve ridden here quite a bit when I lived in Minnesota for a couple years, so I knew what I was getting myself into. The track was muddy for practice but I just got out front and put down some solid lap times and actually qualified second, so I was pretty happy with that. I know my speed is there and I know I belong up front, so I just went into the motos open-minded. I got a pretty decent start in the first moto and was running fourth for a while before losing a few spots. Cole and I were battling back and forth most the race, passing each other two times before I was able to get by him with two laps left. I ended up seventh. I just tried to do the same thing in the second moto. I got an okay start and just rode my way through the pack. I was able to make some good passes toward the end for seventh again. I actually went 7-7 for ninth overall, which is a bummer, but oh well. I put in two solid motos and we’re moving forward to Washougal.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

I know Cole’s in good shape, so it was frustrating to get a good start and go backward in moto one. I was just in Florida and saw how well he’s riding and the condition he’s in, but I know he was just as frustrated. In the second moto, I don’t know what happened on the first lap but to come from 16th to sixth is a pretty good ride. His lap times were consistent nearly the entire race so I was happy with that. He charged forward quickly and didn’t let anyone hold him up.

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

This was the second race that Christian hasn’t gotten his usual good starts so he kind of had to work his way through the pack. He did well though and finished 7-7. Unfortunately, the way the math worked out, it was only good enough for ninth overall, which is a bummer. We did some testing this week in Florida and made the bike a little more stable for him by adding some stiffer suspension and a little more damping to slow things down. We tried going even one step further for the first moto but it was too much with the track conditions so we went back to his new base for the second race, which he was happy with. The track was brutal so he definitely gave it everything he had and was beat after.

AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   Millville

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 20 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Webb Cooper 17 USA 18 Star/MyPlash/Yamalube/Yamaha Yamaha
5 Barcia Justin 51 USA 16 JGR Yamaha
6 Baggett Blake 4 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
7 Craig Christian 48 USA 14 Team Honda HRC Honda
8 Seely Cole 14 USA 13 Team Honda HRC Honda
9 Miller Henry 81 USA 12 Trigger Racing Yamaha
10 Bisceglia Matt 32 USA 11 Yoshimura Suzuki Suzuki
11 Davalos Martin 47 ECU 10 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
12 Peick Weston 23 USA 9 JGR Yamaha
13 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 8 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
14 Blose Benny 934 USA 7 Bloss Racing Yamaha
15 Alix Dakota 70 USA 6 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
16 Bogle Justin 19 USA 5 RCH Racing Suzuki
17 Short John 253 USA 4 ACM Services/ Short racing Yamaha
18 Harrison Heath USA 3 Got Gear Motorsports Kawasaki
19 Mosiman Josh 125 USA 2 HD Supply Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Autenrieth Cade 330 USA 1 Mountain Motorsports/Factory Connection/Hinson KTM
AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   Millville

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Baggett Blake 4 USA 22 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
3 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 20 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Davalos Martin 47 ECU 18 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
5 Tomac Eli 3 USA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
6 Seely Cole 14 USA 15 Team Honda HRC Honda
7 Craig Christian 48 USA 14 Team Honda HRC Honda
8 Barcia Justin 51 USA 13 JGR Yamaha
9 Webb Cooper 17 USA 12 Star/MyPlash/Yamalube/Yamaha Yamaha
10 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 11 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
11 Peick Weston 23 USA 10 JGR Yamaha
12 Alix Dakota 70 USA 9 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Short John 253 USA 8 ACM Services/ Short racing Yamaha
14 Miller Henry 81 USA 7 Trigger Racing Yamaha
15 Scharer Brandon 154 USA 6 STR Yamaha Yamaha
16 Mosiman Josh 125 USA 5 HD Supply Husqvarna Husqvarna
17 Williams Zack 80 USA 4 Tenkom Motorsports Yamaha
18 Tomita Toshiki 718 JPN 3 Team Honda HRC Honda
19 Martin Vann 96 USA 2 Honda of Houston Honda
20 Merriam Dylan 559 USA 1 None Yamaha
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