After a short hiatus, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely made a return to action for round 16 of the AMA Supercross series in New Jersey before he was once again sidelined with a painful adductor. In the main event, the Californian got off to a poor start, but by the completion of the first lap he had passed several riders to sit 12th. He continued to mount an impressive charge, moving into sixth on lap 13. Unfortunately, four laps later he cased a rhythm section, ripping his feet off the pegs and aggravating his groin injury. Seely will visit his doctor at home for a prognosis.
- For the second time this season, riders and teams were on a daytime schedule due to the New Jersey Supercross airing live on the Fox network. The program started three hours earlier than normal, and the racing was completed by 8 p.m.
- Team Honda HRC was happy to support Road 2 Recovery by providing an auction winner and his family with a tour of the team’s technical truck, as well as an autographed Cole Seely jersey.
- During the daytime qualifying sessions, Seely notched the sixth-quickest lap time at 52.313”, while MotoConcepts rider Justin Brayton was 12th with a 53.433” lap.
- For Seely, it was an afternoon of intense battles. In heat 1, he got off to a fourth-place start but was shuffled around during the first few laps. He fought hard for the final transfer spot but ultimately finished fifth, sending him to the semi. When the gate dropped for semi 1, Seely grabbed the holeshot and early lead. During the closing laps, another hard-fought tussle broke out with Seely swapping for lead multiple times before taking the checkered flag with the win.
- With the MotoConcepts Honda hauler not making the 2,000 mile trek from Salt Lake City to New Jersey, Justin Brayton and his CRF450R were pitted under the factory tent for the day. Brayton put together a solid performance, matching his season-best finish of sixth in the main event.
- May 6 will mark the final round of the AMA Supercross championship, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, where Team Honda HRC hopes to finish the season on a positive note.
THE FOCUS: Gate Selection
Most race fans know that one of the most important parts of any race is the start, and that begins with a good gate selection, which is in turn affected by a rider’s result in daytime and evening qualifying. “Any time you’re in the top three or four, it’s a good thing,” Cole Seely explained. “There are so many variables to picking your gate that everything really has to add up. Winning your heat race or getting second is very big because you have more options in the main event, and obviously the further back you go in finishing position, the fewer options you’ll have.”
Seely pointed out that there’s more to a good gate spot than how far inside or outside it’s located. “When you’re looking at a gate, the first thing we look at is the rut in front of it,” he said. “A lot of times, they can get big holes or a sharp curb that could cause your wheel to go airborne or jump around. Then we look at the rut behind the gate. Usually you want the smoothest, straightest one, with the best dirt possible for traction. When mechanics are kicking and stomping the gate, they’re trying to kick in the sides of the rut to get some fresh dirt in there for more traction.”
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450SX Main Event Results
|1||Dungey Ryan||5||USA||25||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|2||Musquin Marvin||25||FRA||22||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|3||Anderson Jason||21||USA||20||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|4||Millsaps David||18||USA||18||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|5||Baggett Blake||4||USA||16||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|6||Brayton Justin||10||USA||15||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|7||Grant Joshua||33||USA||14||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|8||Tomac Eli||3||USA||13||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|9||Barcia Justin||51||USA||12||Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team||Yamaha|
|10||Wilson Dean||15||GBR||11||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|11||Weimer Jacob||12||USA||10||RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|13||Stewart Malcolm||USA||8||Ride365.com/Stewart Racing||Suzuki|
|14||Webb Cooper||2||USA||7||Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team||Yamaha|
|15||Schmidt Nicholas||USA||6||TPJ.com/Fly Racing||Suzuki|
|16||Clason Cade||92||USA||5||K1 Speed/ BWR Engines||Honda|
|17||Catanzaro AJ||64||USA||4||JMR Racing||Suzuki|
|18||Tedder Dakota||90||USA||3||Team Tedder||KTM|
|19||Pellegrini Angelo||941||ITA||2||AL Motorsports||Suzuki|
|20||Stewart Ronnie||606||USA||1||DirtCandy Graphics||Suzuki|
|21||Seely Cole||14||USA||1||Team Honda HRC||Honda|