Although Team Honda HRC had its sights set on the podium at round five in Oakland, California, the crew was pleased with Cole Seely’s ability to salvage a fifth-place finish despite not having a functional rear brake for nearly half of the race. Seely powered his CRF450R off the line to a fifth-place start, but quickly navigated his way into fourth on the second lap. He continued his charge forward, coming within striking distance of the rider in front of him on lap six before eventually making a pass stick for third. As the race neared it’s halfway point, Seely picked up some debris on the track that eventually would get tangled into his rear brake caliper, causing him to lose functionality. He relinquished two positions throughout the remainder of the race, but ultimately took the checkered in fifth, respectively.

NOTES

  • The Oakland Supercross was unique because it marked the first day race of the season. With a new daytime schedule, the program started three hours earlier than normal, and the racing concluded by 7 p.m. “Other than getting up really early and not having a free practice, the schedule wasn’t too different,” Seely said. “It felt almost like a motocross race because of how early it started and finished. I actually liked it. It was nice to have things done early because I was actually able to get a flight home tonight since we’re close.”
  • This weekend was the fourth time out of five rounds that rainy weather leading up to the race caused the promoters to cancel the day’s free practice, forcing riders to quickly learn the track during qualifying. Seely’s 1:00.722 time, which was secured during the second session, landed him eighth overall.
  • Positioned in heat 1, Seely scored a sixth-place start and quickly moved into fourth on the opening lap. He continued to propel himself forward, making an impressive pass into third on the next lap, easily transferring himself directly to the main. Throughout the race, Seely laid down the fastest times in two of the track’s three segments.
  • With soft, wet dirt, the Oakland track developed into one of the roughest and most treacherous courses we’ve seen so far this season. “The track tonight reminded me a lot of Indianapolis. It was super deep, soft and would just pull you around. You were kind of along for the ride,” explained Seely. “The consistency of the dirt stayed deep like that all day but it went from a bit more muddy and icy in the morning to just really deep and rough in the main.”
  • After five rounds, Seely currently sits fourth overall in the championship chase. He’s one point away from third, and a mere nine points from second.
  • This weekend, Team Honda HRC will begin their journey East to campaign round 6 of the AMA Supercross series, in Arlington, Texas. The evening before the race, Cole Seely, Andrew Short and the GEICO Honda riders will make an appearance at DFW Honda starting at 6pm.

THE FOCUS: Bay Area Media

 It was a short week for Team Honda HRC, as the squad participated in its first press day of the season. On Thursday afternoon, Cole Seely headed into San Francisco for an interview with Comcast Sports Network Bay Area to discuss his 2017 season and his expectations for Saturday’s Oakland Supercross. Seely kept busy on Friday, too. He joined anchors on “The Nine” morning show on KTVU FOX channel 2 before heading to the track for an interview and rig tour with ABC channel 7 news, as well as an interview with the local CBS affiliate. Unfortunately, due to the rainy weather, Seely was unable to take to the track for an opportunity to preview the layout.

“I think this was one of the busiest press days I’ve done. I’m exhausted,” Seely laughed. “The two in-studio interviews were kind of cool because I got to see some of the behind the scenes at the stations. One of them was taped so if I messed up, I could do it again, but the other was live so that was a little nerve racking. Normally we get a chance to ride the track, which really is one of the main benefits so it’s a bummer we didn’t get to do that because of the weather. Coming in early can really mess up our training program so I just made it a point to get a workout in at the gym each day.”

Comcast Sports Network Interview

ABC Channel 7 Interview

Cole Seely 14

It was another decent day for us. I ended up fifth on the night so not too bad. We’re making improvements to the bike each week, still dialing it in and adjusting to each week’s track. The team has been really great about helping me with the process and finding what’s comfortable. It was tough picking a gate tonight. It was really about condition over position out there because outside of the gate was getting rough and beat up. My mechanic Rich [Simmons] and I decided on the one outside of the box because it seemed to have a pretty good line. I got a great jump and was fifth, then passed my way into third. About right then, I lost my rear brake. Not mechanical failure on my team or bike, but from a banner or something I picked up on the track. I went to go make the pass on Jason [Anderson] and tried to get to the brake and it wasn’t there so I kind of plowed into him. After that I was just trying figure out how to ride without my brake. I was trying to carry a little less speed into the turns, grab a lot of front brake but luckily it started to come back a little with two laps left. It was a hard enough track as is, so doing it without brakes was really tough. I plan to get some riding in and shoot for the podium next weekend.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

I think Cole definitely rode better than he finished, but all in all, it was a good day. He continued to progress, had good jumps off the gate and transferred directly from his heat so those are all positives. He was running well in the main, but unfortunately, we had some problems with the rear brake. He picked up some sort of banner or long piece of tape and it got sucked into the caliper. Salvaging a fifth with no rear brake the second half of the race is pretty good. It’s hard to say ‘should of, could of, would of’ but he was moving towards the front tonight and maybe Eli [Tomac] would have still passed him, but I think he could have gotten a podium finish if we didn’t have this problem.

AMA Supercross 2017
Race Round 5   Oakland

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
2 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Webb Cooper 2 USA 20 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
4 Anderson Jason 21 USA 18 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
5 Seely Cole 14 USA 16 Team Honda HRC Honda
6 Millsaps David 18 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
7 Baggett Blake 4 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Reed Chad 22 AUS 13 CR22 Husqvarna
9 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 12 Red Bull KTM KTM
10 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 11 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
11 Tickle Broc 20 USA 10 Red Bull KTM KTM
12 Brayton Justin 10 USA 9 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
13 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 8 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
14 Friese Vince 45 USA 7 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
15 Alessi Mike 800 USA 6 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
16 Schmidt Nicholas USA 5 TPJ.com/Fly Racing Suzuki
17 Stewart Malcolm USA 4 Ride365.com/Stewart Racing Suzuki
18 Ray Alex USA 3 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha Yamaha
19 Clason Cade 92 USA 2 K1 Speed/ BWR Engines Honda
20 Enticknap Adam 722 USA 1 The Privateer Journey Honda
21 Albertson Jimmy 77 USA 1 Jimmy Albertson Racing KTM
22 Bogle Justin 19 USA 1 RCH Racing Suzuki
Location Information

O.co Coliseum, Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA, United States - View in Google Maps