Although it wasn’t the night that Team Honda HRC and Cole Seely were hoping for, everyone was pleased with the Californian’s impressive come-from-behind performance in the main event, as he advanced from 16th place after the completion of the fist lap to fifth by the checkered flag. Seely’s result didn’t come easily, as an unfortunate fluke incident in his heat race affected his performance throughout the remainder of the evening.

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac also overcame a bad start in the main event to charge to second place by the end. This result marked his fourth consecutive podium appearance, and his ninth of the season.


  • Prior to Saturday’s gate drop, the Honda Red Riders headed to Fremont Honda in Fremont, California, to sign autographs and spend time with fans. In attendance were Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and GEICO Honda riders Eli Tomac, Matt Bisceglia and Malcolm Stewart. The riders will attend another autograph signing at Belleville, New Jersey’s Motorcycle Mall on Friday, April 24.
  • During the daytime program, Seely set the third-fastest qualifying time at 50.345 seconds, just .587 seconds off the pace of Tomac, who qualified first with a 49.758.
  • On race day, Seely’s mechanic Rich Simmons and Tomac’s mechanic Brian Kranz, who are both graduates of Motorcycle Mechanic Institute, met with a group of students from the local campus to provide a glimpse into the life of a factory mechanic.
  • Seely’s performance and lap times in his heat race indicated that he was faster than his result. He launched off the line to a second-place start, took over the lead on lap two and quickly opening up a comfortable gap. It looked as if the premier-class rookie was going to score his fourth heat-race win of the season until he went down after colliding with an official who was removing a fallen rider’s bike from the track. Seely was the fastest rider in the race, setting a lap time of 49.106, but he finished fifth after remounting.
  • Both Seely and Tomac were forced to advance through semi two, in which they finished 1-2 with Seely leading every lap of the race.
  • This is a short week for Seely and Tomac, who travel east to participate in Thursday’s press conference at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Both riders return to action on Saturday, April 25, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 

THE FOCUS: Two Worlds of Honda Racing

 Following all the action at Levi’s Stadium, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely spent his Sunday at the famous Long Beach Grand Prix as a guest of Honda Performance Development, a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Company that contributes to aspects of the Supercross racing program. While in attendance, Seely got the opportunity to visit the starting grid prior to the start of the 80-lap race and to meet HPD-supported driver James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

“I enjoy all types of racing and although I don’t get to follow IndyCar as much, I have huge respect for the drivers and what they do,” Seely said. “Getting the opportunity to come to the Long Beach Grand Prix, meet some drivers, walk the pits and see another side of the Honda brand was an awesome experience. It’s crazy to see how fast they really are going, and I was especially blown away by how quickly they can pit. The drivers are in and out within almost 10 seconds! A huge thank-you to Honda Performance Development for making it all happen; hopefully some of the drivers can make it out to see us in action at the Vegas finals.”

Masamitsu Hirashima

Technical Support, Team Honda HRC Motocross

“GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac rode well and finished second despite getting a bad start. Cole Seely also got a bad start but rode well and came from the back of the pack to finish fifth. Both guys had a good pace throughout the night; we just need to work on our starts to win!”

AMA Supercross 2015
Race Round 15   Santa Clara

450 Supercross Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dungey Ryan 5 USA Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Peick Weston 23 USA Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
4 Anderson Jason 21 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Baggett Blake 4 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
7 Brayton Justin 10 USA Muc-Off Honda Honda
8 Reed Chad 22 AUS Mountain Motorsports/CBDmd/CR22 Racing KTM
9 Short Andrew 29 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
10 Wey Nicholas 27 USA Team Tedder Kawasaki
11 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
12 Tickle Broc 20 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
13 Partridge Kyle 199 USA Rocky Mountain ATV Honda
14 Schmidt Nicholas USA TPJ/Fly Racing Suzuki
15 Rusk Killian 58 USA Slater Skin/Blue Buffalo Yamaha
16 Barcia Justin 51 USA TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
17 Lamay Ben 71 USA TPJ/Fly Racing Honda
18 Pipes  Dustin USA TPJ/Fly Racing Suzuki
19 Stewart Ronnie 69 USA DirtCandy Graphics Suzuki
20 Ray Alex 87 USA SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
21 Ramette  Thomas FRA SR75-Molson Racing UK Kawasaki
22 Grant Joshua 33 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
Location Information

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