With Trey Canard sidelined due to an injury sustained in a practice crash last week, Cole Seely was the sole Team Honda HRC rider for round four of the AMA Pro Motocross series at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. The Californian put together two respectable rides, finishing eighth overall with 9-6 marks.

In the day’s first moto, Seely launched his CRF450R to a fifth-place start before taking advantage of two other riders’ mistakes in the opening laps to advance to third. He maintained that position until the halfway point, when he lost a spot. With four laps remaining, Seely fell while in third, relinquishing several positions before ultimately taking the checkered flag in ninth. Following a less-than-desirable start in moto 2, Seely put his head down and quickly worked his way into the top ten on the opening lap. He continued to move forward throughout the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, crossing the finish line in sixth.

 

NOTES

  • On the Monday before the High Point National, Trey Canard suffered a hard crash while practicing at his Oklahoma track, resulting in a bulging disc in his back that sidelined him for round four. Canard’s condition will be assessed on a week-by-week basis in order to determine when he will return to action.
  • During the morning’s qualifying practice, Cole Seely showed notable speed, scoring the fourth-quickest time with a 2:03.291 lap, while GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle rounded out the top 10 with 2:05.841.
  • The program for the High Point National differed from the previous three rounds, with the 450MX class scheduled first in both practice and the motos.
  • Compared to other tracks seen thus far on the calendar, High Point Raceway is much more technical, with a European feel to it. With deep ruts, constant elevation changes, many off-camber turns and an uphill start, it poses a unique challenge to riders. “This track is much different than what we’ve seen so far this year, and it was even different this year than what we’ve seen in past years here,” Seely said. “They add a lot of sand and sawdust when prepping it so it can be loose, but when you get down to the hard-pack base, it’s really slick. The rainstorm we got on Thursday definitely made for some really deep ruts in some areas, and it just got incredibly rough. You have to have a lot of patience and throttle control for the off-cambers as well.”
  • It was an exciting day for Bogle, who notched a career-best overall result, finishing seventh with a 6-7 tally. “I’m really happy with today,” Bogle said. “I had my best race of the season with two solid moto finishes. I’m continuing to make progress and getting closer to where I know I need to be, which is up front. I’m definitely getting more comfortable. To be honest, this is one of the first weeks I’ve been able to train and ride during the week, and I think that really helped. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and hoping to keep building each week.”
  • The Honda Red Riders will return to action on June 25 for round 5 at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee.

 

THE FOCUS: Beating the Heat

As the AMA Pro Motocross series moved to the Eastern U.S. for the first time this season, conditions began to warm up, and although highs were only in the mid-80s, with humidity above 40 percent, it was a precursor of what to expect through much of the summer. Riders have different techniques for beating the heat, but Cole Seely believes that the main key is hydration. “I don’t really think there’s a ton you can do,” he said. “I’ve tried ice baths and all kinds of things, but it’s all about keeping hydrated, really. You have to make sure you’re drinking plenty of liquids leading up to the race, and then trying to force as much water down as possible on race day. It’s really important to replenish yourself between practices and motos, whether with water or a supplemental sports drink that has electrolytes in it. That’s all I’ve found that really works. Today wasn’t too bad though, compared to other places we race at. If it does get really hot, the only other thing I’ll really do is wear a cooling vest on the line, which helps keep your body temperature down before the race. A lot of riders have those.”

Seely admits that being from a region of the country where conditions are relatively mild probably doesn’t help. “At the same time though, I wouldn’t say it’s a huge advantage,” he added. “I grew up in California, so if I went out and stayed in Florida or anywhere like that, I just couldn’t do it. I feel like it eats away at me all week and I’m even more tired on the weekend because of it. I’d rather just come out here, deal with it for one day and then fly home.”

Cole Seely 14

High Point is typically not a great track for me; I’ve just struggled here the past few years, so I’m really happy to have this one finished. I was running really good in the first moto, sitting fourth, but washed out the front end, which sent me back to ninth. At that point in the moto I wasn’t able to put on another charge, so it was a little tough. I got off to kind of a bad start in the second moto; I think I was about 11th, but I was able to make it up to sixth. Overall, today was a bit challenging, but we were able to figure out a few things here and there with the bike setup, so I’m just looking forward to the next one.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

The positives are that Cole rode well, even though the results may not show it. The track was a little different today, so it was a bit of a struggle on his part and our part to get used to these conditions. He was running good in the first moto before he fell, and it seemed like everything just caught up to him then—almost like it took the wind out of his sails and the bike wasn’t handling the best for him at that moment. We made a pretty big change compared to what we normally do for the second moto, which was better, but I also think he rode better in general, so that helped. Starts were pretty good; his jumps out of the gate were good, and I even thought he had the holeshot in the second moto but he got shuffled back. For a bad day, I think it was still pretty decent.

AMA Pro Motocross 2016
Race Round 4   Mt. Morris

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Roczen Ken 94 GER 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Anderson Jason 21 USA 20 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 18 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
5 Tomac Eli 3 USA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
6 Bogle Justin 19 USA 15 RCH Racing Suzuki
7 Barcia Justin 51 USA 14 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
8 Tickle Broc 20 USA 13 Red Bull KTM KTM
9 Seely Cole 14 USA 12 Team Honda HRC Honda
10 Bisceglia Matt 58 USA 11 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Suzuki
11 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 10 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Yamaha
12 Short Andrew 29 USA 9 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Peick Weston 23 USA 8 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
14 Martinez Cole 68 USA 7 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
15 Wentland Jesse USA 6 RSR/Star Cycle Honda Honda
16 Mcconahy Noah 131 USA 5 Merge Racing Honda
17 Brayton Justin 10 USA 4 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
18 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 3 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
19 Harrison Heath USA 2 Got Gear Motorsports Kawasaki
20 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 1 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
AMA Pro Motocross 2016
Race Round 4   Mt. Morris

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Roczen Ken 94 GER 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Anderson Jason 21 USA 20 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Barcia Justin 51 USA 16 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
6 Seely Cole 14 USA 15 Team Honda HRC Honda
7 Bogle Justin 19 USA 14 RCH Racing Suzuki
8 Peick Weston 23 USA 13 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
9 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 12 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
10 Tickle Broc 20 USA 11 Red Bull KTM KTM
11 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 10 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Yamaha
12 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 9 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
13 Brayton Justin 10 USA 8 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
14 Short Andrew 29 USA 7 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
15 Mcconahy Noah 131 USA 6 Merge Racing Honda
16 Blose Benny 934 USA 5 Bloss Racing Yamaha
17 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 4 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
18 Howell Austin 681 USA 3 Howell Racing Suzuki
19 Martinez Cole 68 USA 2 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
20 Wentland Jesse USA 1 RSR/Star Cycle Honda Honda
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