Round 11 of the AMA Supercross series at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium saw Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely produce another fifth-place finish aboard his CRF450R. At the start of the main event, Seely was slow out of the gate, rounding the first turn in the top 10. By the time Seely had made the pass into fifth on lap seven, the gap between the lead group of riders was too great for him to catch. Despite putting together solid laps, the remaining 15-minutes of the race, the Californian was unable to make up ground on fourth place, forcing him to take the checkered in fifth.


  • The evening before the race, Westfield Powersports hosted Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and Andrew Short, along with GEICO Honda rider, Christian Craig, for a Supercross party at the dealership in Westfield, IN. Fans had the opportunity to get autographs, hang out with their favorite racers and win raffle prizes before all the action on Saturday.
  • On race day, Team Honda HRC helped support the Road 2 Recovery Foundation by providing the Indianapolis auction winner and his family an inside look at the team’s tech truck, along with a signed set of Cole Seely’s Troy Lee Designs gear.
  • With a mindset more focused towards the evening program, laying down single fast laps during qualifying can be a struggle for Seely. During the daytime practice sessions, Seely was 12th fastest with a 57.149, which was secured in the second session.
  • The competition was tough in 450SX heat 1 but Seely put himself in a good position right off the start, launching out of the gate into fourth. He continued to charge forward, passing rival Jason Anderson on lap two to take over second. He maintained that position to the checkered flag, transferring himself directly into the main event.
  • The same weekend that Seely was competing in the Indianapolis Supercross, fellow HRC racers Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev were competing in the Argentina round of the MXGP series over 5,700 miles away in Patagonia. Gajser put together two dominant performances, finishing 1-1 on the day to take his first overall win of the year. Bobryshev also secured his first podium finish of the season with solid 5-2 marks.
  • On Saturday, April 25, Team Honda HRC will be in Detroit, Michigan for round 12 for the AMA Supercross series.

THE FOCUS: Honda Racing Worlds Collide with Seely and Rossi

On Friday morning, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely got the special opportunity to spin some laps in Honda Performance Development’s simulator in Brownsburg, Indiana, alongside HPD backed IndyCar driver and reigning Indy 500 Champion, Alexander Rossi. During the promotional activity, Rossi took to the simulator first to show Seely around the Mid-Ohio course and get a baseline for lap times. With a few last minute pointers, Seely jumped in and took the wheel, which also happened to be the exact wheel from Rossi’s official racecar. After his initial warm up laps, Seely impressed everyone by quickly adapting and continuing to drop his times after each lap.

“You definitely can tell he races,” Rossi said while watching Seely drive. “I mean, it’s a completely different thing, but he understands the concepts and fundamentals that people who aren’t involved in any form of racing are lacking.”

For the final session, the HPD engineers uploaded the Long Beach street circuit since Seely has attended the race previously and wanted to give it a shot. Once again, he impressed everyone by dropping his times only a few seconds off of Rossi’s.

“It was super fun. I’ve never been in anything like that,” said Seely. “I’ve played video games like ‘Forza’ and ‘Gran Turismo,’ but they only tell you how the track goes. The simulator is nothing like a video game. It’s crazy how much you can drive it into a corner and feel the acceleration. I could have stayed in that thing all day.”

Seely continued by saying what a benefit it was to have Rossi go first. “Seeing Rossi run first really helped me to see where he (braked), what gear he was in, how he accelerates. If he hadn’t done that, it would have taken me three times as long to adapt.”

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Cole Seely 14

I’m really frustrated. I got another fifth tonight, and although that isn’t a bad result, I feel like I’m just stuck in these top five finishes. I keep trying to push forward and am not able to make it happen. I want to be back on the podium and know I have the speed to do it but just need to put it all together. It’s definitely tough when you don’t put yourself in a good position off the start, which is what happened in the main. I didn’t make the passes I needed to early enough and by the time I got in fifth, the top four were already gone. The bike is good so I just need to go back this week and work on myself to come back fighting in Detroit.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

I think everyone is a little frustrated because we’re not sure what is missing. I know Cole wants it, I know he can win, and he’s happy with the bike, but we can’t seem to get past fourth and fifth. When he doesn’t get a good start, he gets flustered, makes mistakes and doesn’t make the passes quick enough. His gate pick was pretty good but I think he started to creep forward because it took them longer to drop it than normal and right when he stopped, that is when it went down so he didn’t get the drive he needed.

AMA Supercross 2017
Race Round 11   Indianapolis

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
2 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 20 Red Bull KTM KTM
4 Baggett Blake 4 USA 18 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
5 Seely Cole 14 USA 16 Team Honda HRC Honda
6 Millsaps David 18 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
7 Reed Chad 22 AUS 14 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
8 Tickle Broc 20 USA 13 Red Bull KTM KTM
9 Anderson Jason 21 USA 12 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
10 Barcia Justin 51 USA 11 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team Yamaha
11 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 10 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
12 Brayton Justin 10 USA 9 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
13 Grant Joshua 33 USA 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 Canard Trey 41 USA 7 Red Bull KTM KTM
15 Bogle Justin 19 USA 6 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
16 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 5 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
17 Friese Vince 45 USA 4 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
18 Stewart Malcolm 27 USA 3 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
19 Alessi Mike 800 USA 2 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
20 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 1 Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
21 Schmidt Nicholas USA 1 Racing Suzuki
22 Enticknap Adam 722 USA 1 The Privateer Journey Honda
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