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…”
450SX Main Event Results
|1||Tomac Eli||3||USA||25||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|2||Reed Chad||22||AUS||22||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|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||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|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||27||USA||7||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|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||Cycletrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha||Yamaha|
|18||Pourcel Christophe||377||FRA||3||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|19||Schmidt Nicholas||USA||2||TPJ.com/Fly 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|