The 2017 AMA Pro Motocross season came to a close at the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely showed grit and determination as he fought through a severe cold to finished fourth overall with 4-4 finishes. During Christian Craig’s final outing aboard the factory CRF450R this summer, the fill-in rider from GEICO Honda overcame a clutch issue in the first moto to score 9-7 marks for eighth overall.

In moto one, Seely launched out of the gate to a solid start and swiftly moved into fifth before the completion of the opening lap. On lap two, Seely capitalized on another rider’s mistake to take over fourth place. Despite feeling sick and short of energy, he fought hard to maintain fourth until the checkered flag. Craig got a decent start but was shuffled back in the first turn, coming around just outside the top 10. He worked his way into ninth early in the race and looked as though he was going to continue charging forward until he began to experience trouble with his clutch a few laps in. He swapped between ninth and 10th throughout the rest of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race before taking the checkered flag in ninth. When the gate dropped for moto two, Seely once again powered to an impressive second-place start. He slipped to third a few turns in and was able to maintain that position until the halfway point, when he was overtaken once more before the finish. Craig got off to a top-10 start and worked his way into seventh by the end of the moto.

NOTES

  • On Friday prior to the race, Cole Seely participated in a Team USA press conference and photo shoot for the Motocross of Nations. His CRF450R showcased a patriotic Throttle Jockey-designed livery and the No. 7, which is what he’ll run in England. “I feel like this is the coolest setup anyone’s had going into Motocross of Nations,” Seely said. “The bike just looks insane. I can’t believe what a great job the team and Throttle Jockey did on it. I’m also stoked on my gear. I’ve had a lot to do with the design process. I didn’t want to make it too flashy and wanted it to have the old-school feel like something you’d see Johnny O’Mara or Jeff Ward wear. The helmet turned out awesome too, so now it’s just a matter of going to England and getting the job done.”
  • For the second weekend in a row, Christian Craig led the charge for Team Honda HRC during the morning qualifying practice, securing the seventh-fastest time of 2’12.868”. Seely was a mere 10th of a second behind his teammate, in ninth with a 2’12.968” lap.
  • In the 250 class, GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin wrapped up second in the championship with 8-3 marks for fourth overall. Despite multiple mishaps throughout the day, Chase Sexton capped off his season with a career-best sixth overall via 10-6 finishes, while teammate RJ Hampshire was seventh with 12-5 results.

THE FOCUS: Season In Review  

 For Team Honda HRC, the 2017 AMA Pro Motocross season was filled with highs and lows that resulted in Cole Seely wrapping up fifth in the championship, while Christian Craig finished 11th overall—tied in points with 10th—despite missing three rounds due to injury.

It was a solid season for Seely, as he benefited from the fitness improvements made through a new Florida-based training program. The Californian matched his career-best moto result of third and scored his first-ever overall podium. “I gained a lot of speed this year that I’ve never really had outdoors,” Seely said. “Last year I showed some but wasn’t able to build on it before I got hurt. I just feel like I was in better shape and way more consistent overall this year. Making the move to Florida really helped elevate my program to the next level and I’m happy I made the decision to do that. Of all the races, I’d say Washougal and today in Indiana were my best. Washougal was cool because I got on the podium in one of the motos, but today I really had to push through some adversity to get the results that I did.”

Craig’s season started with a promising showing at Glen Helen that could have led to an overall podium before he injured his hand and had to undergo surgery. Though he never regained the same momentum, he was able to score multiple holeshots aboard his CRF450R and even posted the fastest qualifying time at Unadilla. “It was a fun season, getting to experience all this with the whole crew,” Craig said. “I definitely learned a lot with the factory Honda team, and getting to ride a factory bike was awesome. Cole and I jelled well together too, both at the races and while riding and training in Florida. Overall I’m happy with how the summer went. I had that bump in the road with breaking my hand at Glen Helen but I had some good motos, got some holeshots, showed good speed, and even led laps. I’m looking forward to improving and working on my weaknesses for next year.”

Cole Seely 14

For how terrible today started, it ended up pretty good. I’ve been fighting a sickness for the past couple days and today it decided to kick up a notch, so I woke up feeling like I may not even be able to race. In practice I just went out and tried to lay down at least one fast lap before pulling off because I felt so weak and out of it. My time got me into ninth, which wasn’t great by any means but good enough. In the races, I just got off to two good starts, gave it my all, and tried to ignore how I was feeling. I felt pretty good once I was out there and it ended up being an awesome day with two fourths. I was really trying to hang on to top-five in points, so I’m happy with that and think it was a great way to end the season.

Christian Craig 48

Today went pretty decent. I qualified well and just went into the motos wanting to finish the season strong. I’ve had a couple weekends of mediocre results where I could’ve done so much better but just wasn’t making it happen. I really wanted to go in there and show I could be up front. In the first moto, I was dicing my way through people when I had problem with my clutch midway through and couldn’t use it for a while. It ended up coming back toward the end so I just pushed through to ninth. I got a worse start in the second moto but tried to just give it my all. It was the last one of the year so I wanted to end in a good position, and I’m happy with seventh. I don’t think 9-7 for eighth overall is where I want to be—I want to be top-five—but it is what it is and I gave it my all. I know what I need to work on in this off-season.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

I’m really proud of Cole today. When you feel like he did, it’s easy to just give up or completely pull the plug on the day, especially at the last round. I personally thought he was capable of doing what he did because I’ve worked with a lot of guys who’ve had their best days when they feel the worst. They don’t overthink anything and just get the job done. His starts were really good, which is what I was probably most happy with today. That put him in a good spot to run the pace up front. His speed was great in both motos, but I was happy in the first moto because he gave it everything he had. He’s been pretty happy with his bike setup so we didn’t change anything too much. After first practice, we raised the sag a little bit because we thought it was low, and then we softened it a little before moto two like normal.

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

Christian had another tough day. Unfortunately, a few laps into the first moto we had a clutch issue. He rode most the race without it until the final few laps, when it started to come back. He also didn’t get the best starts in either moto, which he’s been struggling with. He still finished eighth overall and tied with 10th in points for the season, so I think that’s pretty good. He did exactly what we needed him to do on the bike.

AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   Crawfordsville

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 784 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Baggett Blake 4 USA 20 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
4 Seely Cole 14 USA 18 Team Honda HRC Honda
5 Tomac Eli 3 USA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
6 Webb Cooper 2 USA 15 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
7 Peick Weston 23 USA 14 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
8 Blose Benny 934 USA 13 Bloss Racing Yamaha
9 Craig Christian 48 USA 12 Team Honda HRC Honda
10 Barcia Justin 51 USA 11 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
11 Bogle Justin 19 USA 10 RCH Racing Suzuki
12 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 9 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
13 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 8 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
14 Nicoletti Phillip 46 USA 7 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Yamaha
15 Bisceglia Matt 58 USA 6 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Suzuki
16 Miller Henry 81 USA 5 Trigger Racing Yamaha
17 Alix Dakota 70 USA 4 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
18 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 3 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
19 Harrison Heath USA 2 Got Gear Motorsports Kawasaki
20 Lamay Ben 907 USA 1 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Honda
AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   Crawfordsville

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 784 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Baggett Blake 4 USA 20 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
4 Seely Cole 14 USA 18 Team Honda HRC Honda
5 Webb Cooper 2 USA 16 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
6 Tomac Eli 3 USA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
7 Craig Christian 48 USA 14 Team Honda HRC Honda
8 Peick Weston 23 USA 13 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
9 Bogle Justin 19 USA 12 RCH Racing Suzuki
10 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 11 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
11 Bisceglia Matt 58 USA 10 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Suzuki
12 Miller Henry 81 USA 9 Trigger Racing Yamaha
13 Barcia Justin 51 USA 8 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
14 Short John 253 USA 7 ACM Services/ Short racing Yamaha
15 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 6 TiLUBE Storm Lake Honda Honda
16 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 5 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
17 Lamay Ben 907 USA 4 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Honda
18 Alix Dakota 70 USA 3 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
19 Mosiman Josh 125 USA 2 HD Supply Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Teasdale Isaac 921 USA 1 Team Babbitts KTM
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