Round three of the AMA Supercross series was bittersweet for Team Honda HRC, as Cole Seely turn in a solid performance to notch his first podium finish of the season, while teammate and erstwhile championship leader Ken Roczen was injured in a hard crash.

Seely launching his CRF450R to a third-place start and then quickly made the pass into second place. He maintained that position until just after the halfway point, when a mistake caused him to stall his bike, resulting in the loss of one spot. Seely ultimately took the checkered flag in third, earning the 10th podium finish of his 450 career.

After a less-than-desirable start in the main event, Roczen had quickly navigated through the pack and was sitting third behind Seely on lap 9, when he lost control through a rhythm section, separated from his bike in the air and went down hard, leaving him with a compound fracture of his left radius and a dislocated elbow and wrist. Roczen was transported to a local hospital for evaluation before flying to Colorado on Sunday morning to have his personal physician perform surgery. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.


  • On Thursday, Ken Roczen and Cole Seely spent time at American Honda’s headquarters in Torrance, California, for a full day of activities. In the morning, the two factory riders were in the motorcycle-division’s offices for a Q&A and autograph session with associates. After that, Roczen and Seely headed down to the race shop for a fun video shoot that will be highlighted in Episode 2 of Honda’s REDefined web series, dropping early next month.
  • On race day, Team Honda HRC was pleased to host a special guest, Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel. Mendel and his friends spent time in the pits with the team, touring the semi, meeting the riders and interviewing with Fox Sports 1 reporter Jenny Taft.
  • With inclement weather causing the cancelation of free practice for the third consecutive week, riders were forced to learn the track while trying to lay down fast qualifying times for the evening program. Roczen ultimately qualified fourth-fastest with a 55.846-second time, while Seely was eighth with a time of 56.418.
  • At Anaheim 2, Team Honda HRC was pleased to host Mr. Naoki Hattori from the HRC Business Support Division, who was attending on an official trip.
  • As has been the case at every round so far this season, both Team Honda HRC riders were seeded in the same heat race. When the gate dropped, Roczen emerged as the early leader and rode unchallenged to his third heat-race win of the season. Seely came off he line in sixth and spent the entire seven-lap race battling for a transfer spot, swapping positions back and forth before finishing fourth and advancing to the main.
  • This Saturday, Team Honda HRC will campaign round 4 of the AMA Supercross series, in Glendale, Arizona. The evening before the race, a rider appearance is scheduled at RideNow Powersports in Peoria.


THE FOCUS: Honda’s Above and Beyond Impact Award

At the beginning of the season, American Honda’s Brand Ambassador Andrew Short had the idea to implement a weekly Team Honda HRC award to recognize a team member for putting in a particularly impressive effort. The person who earns the award signs it and keeps it until the next round.

“I believe people underestimate what it takes in terms of passion, love and just pure hours of hard work to go racing at a high level,” Short explained. “At Honda, I feel it’s currently like a big family, and it’s great to recognize someone that does something outstanding that helps elevate those around them to be at their best. There are a lot of people behind the scenes that make race day look good each and every week. Plus it’s fun and something I look forward to, and it helps the camaraderie.”

Short himself was the winner of the award at the opening round, in recognition of his help doing interviews, signing autographs and filming and mentoring the riders. Engine technician Lars Lindsrom got the nod at round two after sacrificing family time to drive to Arizona to help the riders train and to work on their bikes. Support mechanic Jason Thomas won the award this week for his work building and prepping bikes throughout the week, for Short and the REDefined video shoot. The plan is for the riders add their signatures to the award at season’s end and to auction it off, with proceeds going to the Road 2 Recovery Foundation.


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Cole Seely 14

It’s always good to walk away with a podium finish. Unfortunately, I had a little hiccup there in the middle that definitely cost me second but I was still able to come away with third. I really wanted to push toward the front and set my sights on [Ryan] Dungey instead of settling for a third place but I’m still happy with it. We made some good improvements this week, so thanks to my team for being behind me.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

Overall it was a really good weekend for Cole. He had good starts in both his heat race and the main event, which is an improvement over the past couple weeks. I think he was riding really well and even catching [Ryan] Dungey a little bit before he stalled his bike, unfortunately. He said that he just got on the rear brake too hard. Luckily, he only lost one position from that and we were able to come away with a podium. It’s good progress so we’re excited to keep moving forward.

AMA Supercross 2017
Race Round 3   Anaheim

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Seely Cole 14 USA 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Webb Cooper 2 USA 18 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
5 Peick Weston 23 USA 16 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
6 Grant Joshua 33 USA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
7 Reed Chad 22 AUS 14 CR22 Husqvarna
8 Tomac Eli 3 USA 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Millsaps David 18 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
10 Baggett Blake 4 USA 11 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
11 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 10 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
12 Tickle Broc 20 USA 9 Red Bull KTM KTM
13 Brayton Justin 10 USA 8 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
14 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 7 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
15 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 6 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
16 Friese Vince 45 USA 5 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
17 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 4 Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
18 Stewart Malcolm USA 3 Racing Suzuki
19 Schmidt Nicholas USA 2 Racing Suzuki
20 Stewart Ronnie 606 USA 1 DirtCandy Graphics Suzuki
21 Enticknap Adam 722 USA 1 The Privateer Journey Honda
22 Roczen Ken 94 GER 1 Team Honda HRC Honda
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