At round four of the AMA Supercross series, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely steadily improved throughout the day to ultimately secure fourth in the 450 main event, leaving him third in the championship point standings. Teammate Ken Roczen remained sidelined, continuing to receive medical treatment for injuries sustained the previous weekend in Anaheim.

For the second consecutive weekend, Seely launched his CRF450R off the line to a solid third place start before moving into second on the opening lap. While the gap for the lead extended, the battle for second intensified and Seely narrowly slipped to fourth place where he held on to the finish.


  • The Glendale track featured long straights and large, fast rhythm sections that saw lap times hovering around the minute mark. Seely laid down a time of 1:01.042 for 11th quickest during the daytime qualifying sessions.
  • Slotted in the second heat race, Seely scored a sixth-place start. By the end of the six-lap race, Seely had moved up to fifth, forcing him to transfer through to the Semi.
  • In the Semi, following a start that landed him in third position, Seely improved his pace, moving into second position that he held to the finish.
  • It was a positive night for Smartop/MotoConcepts Honda Racing’s Justin Brayton as he secured his best finish of the season. Off the start, Brayton asserted himself into second early in the race but quickly came under fire by the competition. He relinquished a few spots before crossing the finish line in sixth.
  • Team Honda HRC rider Ken Roczen continues to receive medical treatments at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado from injuries sustained at Anaheim 2. Roczen’s Honda CRF450R remained ready under the Honda awning and the outpouring of fan, team and industry support was high.
  • It will be a short week for Team Honda HRC, as Seely heads to Oakland, California early to take part in press activates. He will meet with regional media on Thursday before getting the opportunity to preview the track on Friday. 

THE FOCUS: Unwavering Support From Near and Far

A rider sustaining serious injury and a team being a rider down can easily shatter morale. However for Team Honda HRC, that is not the case as they continue to move forward as a united front. Support for both Seely and Roczen came from all reaches in Glendale. Crowds of fans visited the pits inquiring about Roczen while also getting autographs and wishing Seely luck. While the team had Roczen in their thoughts, the world-class race support for Seely was textbook. Throughout the day, the collaboration and support ranged from coaching and analysis, to mechanically and mentally assimilating to the track and ultimately providing encouragement for Seely to maintain a singular focus: winning.

“This is the best team environment we’ve had in as long as I can remember,” said Team Manager Dan Betley. “We’re in a strong and emotionally stable place with everybody. I can’t say enough about the guys and the support within the team. Between the riders, they were starting to get a close bond right when this happened.”

Seely agreed, “We’ve really enjoyed the time we’ve spent together on the team. But it’s such a bummer to not have him around anymore. Watching him crash, it hurt me. We’ve talked on social media and video chat and he’s in good spirits.”

Now several surgeries in to mend his injured left arm, Roczen perseveres with the same vigor and wit that he showcases on race day. But he hasn’t done it alone. His family, girlfriend, management, competitors, Team Honda HRC staff and fans are all in his corner. Following his accident and subsequent surgeries, Roczen conveyed his appreciation on social media: “I got the luckiest with the people that are loving and supporting me…”

Cole Seely 14

It wasn't in the cards for me tonight. The soil is super tricky here: sometimes I've ridden here and it's gone well and sometimes not. The line changed throughout the day and between the heat rounds and the main event I thought I had my lines picked out. But it changed and that changed my night. Mentally I feel like I'm stronger than I've ever been.
The bottom line is that I want to win and we’ll see what happens in Oakland.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

Cole improved throughout the day, but line choices in the two big rhythm sections were where he was inconsistent and probably cost him his podium spot. Overall, there were some positives. He’s shown that he has the speed to run up front and if he is more consistent in decision-making and confident in himself he’ll get there. Heading into the main event we were all confident and he was confident. He got a great start but he didn’t pull the trigger on those rhythm lanes that gave him the speed he needed.

AMA Supercross 2017
Race Round 4   Phoenix

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
2 Reed Chad 22 AUS 22 CR22 Husqvarna
3 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 20 Red Bull KTM KTM
4 Seely Cole 14 USA 18 Team Honda HRC Honda
5 Millsaps David 18 USA 16 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
6 Brayton Justin 10 USA 15 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
7 Baggett Blake 4 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Webb Cooper 2 USA 13 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
9 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 12 Red Bull KTM KTM
10 Anderson Jason 21 USA 11 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
11 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 10 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
12 Grant Joshua 33 USA 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
13 Tickle Broc 20 USA 8 Red Bull KTM KTM
14 Stewart Malcolm USA 7 Racing Suzuki
15 Alessi Mike 800 USA 6 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
16 Friese Vince 45 USA 5 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
17 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 4 Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
18 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 3 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Schmidt Nicholas USA 2 Racing Suzuki
20 Albertson Jimmy 77 USA 1 Jimmy Albertson Racing KTM
21 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 1 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
22 Gilmore Cody 374 USA 1 Yankton Motorsports Kawasaki
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