Round nine of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington, saw Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely put on an impressive performance en route to fourth overall with 3-5 marks, equaling his best overall result in the 450MX class. Teammate Christian Craig struggled to find his groove on the hard-pack track, scoring ninth in both motos for eighth overall.

In moto one, Seely launched off the line to a fourth-place start but swapped positions multiple times on the hectic first lap. On lap four, the Californian made an exciting pass to take over third. He continued to lay down good lap times through the remainder of the race but was unable to close the gap on the leaders, taking the checkered flag in third, which matches his career-best moto result. Meanwhile, Craig started the race in seventh but swiftly worked his way into sixth. He maintained that position until the halfway point, when he began to fall off pace, relinquishing spots to finish ninth. During the second race, Craig started in fourth but quickly dropped to sixth, while Seely was close in tow in seventh. Seely continued his charge forward, making his way around Craig before moving into fifth a few laps later, which is where he finished. Unfortunately, while battling for position, Craig came together with another rider, suffering a fall and losing multiple spots. He remounted and managed to work his way back to ninth by the end of the race.

NOTES

  • During the morning’s qualifying practice, Craig was sixth-quickest with a 2’13.388” time, while Seely was seventh at 2’13.684”. Precision Site Work TiLube Honda’s Fredrik Noren was impressive in practice, posting the fourth-quickest lap at 2’13.322”.
  • It was an exciting day for GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire as he scored his career-best moto result of second in moto two en route to fifth overall. Teammate Jeremy Martin had a tough outing, finishing seventh overall with 9-6 results, while Chase Sexton was 13th with 13-12 marks.
  • With three races remaining, Seely has moved up to fifth overall in the championship standings with 228 points. “I’m pretty happy to be fifth in points considering how this season has gone,” Seely said. “Obviously I wish I was fighting for the championship but at one point I had actually fallen outside the top 10 so to be back in fifth after some solid finishes is awesome. I’m hoping to finish out the season strong and would really like to get a podium.”
  • Following their final break of the season, the Red Riders will return to action on August 12 for the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York.

 THE FOCUS: Exclusive Unveiling for the Red Riders

 On Sunday following the Washougal National, American Honda Brand Ambassador Andrew Short continued his duties by heading straight to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, for the unveiling of the 2018 CRF250R during the AMA Amateur National Championship. The all-new motocross model, which features a more powerful DOHC engine with downdraft intake and completely separate exhausts (header to muffler), is based on the meticulously developed chassis that helped make the 2017 CRF450R the best-selling motocross model of the year. The CRF250R was unveiled during a special Red Riders Appreciation Dinner that was held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch for Honda racers who had qualified for the event, as well as their families.

“The CRF250R will obviously be an important model for our amateur motocross riders, so we figured it made sense to hold the global unveiling here,” said American Honda Motorcycle Sports Assistant Manager Brandon Wilson. “We appreciate all the hard work these riders put into qualifying for Loretta Lynn’s, and it seemed like they enjoyed being the first ones to get to see the bike in person.”

The Honda Red Riders Rewards semi will be at the ranch all week, assisting Honda riders at no cost.

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Christian Craig 28

Washougal didn't go as I’d hoped. I felt awesome in practice but couldn't find a good flow during the first moto. I’m usually pretty good on that track so I'm not sure why I wasn't able to put it all together. The second moto went a lot better after we made some bike changes. I had a pretty decent start but tangled with [Dean] Wilson and went down. I was able to work my way back up to ninth and ended up eighth overall on the day. I’m looking forward to this weekend off and getting back to where I should be in a couple weekends at Unadilla.

AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   Washougal

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Davalos Martin 47 ECU 18 Team Tedder KTM
5 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Peick Weston 23 USA 15 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
7 Baggett Blake 4 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Bogle Justin 19 USA 13 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
9 Craig Christian 28 USA 12 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
10 Bisceglia Matt 58 USA 11 Nut Up Industries/RBI Motorsports Suzuki
11 Hoeft Justin 244 USA 10 None Yamaha
12 Alix Dakota 70 USA 9 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Miller Henry 81 USA 8 Trigger Racing Yamaha
14 Merriam Dylan 559 USA 7 None Yamaha
15 Weeck Tommy 331 USA 6 Team Weeck Honda
16 Bowers Tyler 83 USA 5 Bowers Racing Kawasaki
17 Bloss Benny 73 USA 4 SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda Honda
18 Harrison Heath USA 3 Got Gear Motorsports Kawasaki
19 Canning Chris 82 USA 2 Pilgrim Powersports KTM
20 Noren Fredrik 61 SWE 1 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
AMA Pro Motocross 2017
Race   Washougal

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Davalos Martin 47 ECU 20 Team Tedder KTM
4 Baggett Blake 4 USA 18 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
6 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
7 Noren Fredrik 61 SWE 14 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
8 Peick Weston 23 USA 13 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
9 Craig Christian 28 USA 12 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
10 Bogle Justin 19 USA 11 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
11 Bloss Benny 73 USA 10 SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda Honda
12 Alix Dakota 70 USA 9 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Miller Henry 81 USA 8 Trigger Racing Yamaha
14 Hoeft Justin 244 USA 7 None Yamaha
15 Weeck Tommy 331 USA 6 Team Weeck Honda
16 Merriam Dylan 559 USA 5 None Yamaha
17 Tomita Toshiki 718 JPN 4 Team Honda HRC Honda
18 Mosiman Josh 42 USA 3 TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
19 Bowers Tyler 83 USA 2 Bowers Racing Kawasaki
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