Another Sixth for Seely at Toronto Supercross

Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

  Toronto Supercross

AMA Supercross 2017   Round 9

Another Sixth for Seely at Toronto Supercross

Although Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely turned in a respectable sixth-place finish at the Canadian round of the AMA Supercross series, the young Californian had hoped for a better result. Following a less-than-desirable start aboard his CRF450R, Seely quickly moved into seventh on the opening lap. He maintained that position for a majority of the race, before making the pass into sixth on lap 12, which is where he finished.


  • With the paddock closed to the public due to limited space, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely ventured inside the Rogers Center concourse between practices to sign autographs at the Honda Canada booth. He spent 30 minutes along side fellow Canadian Red Riders Colton Facciotti, Dylan Wright and Jean-Christophe Bujold taking pictures and meeting enthusiastic race fans.
  • Following the day’s two qualifying sessions, Seely found himself eighth fastest with a 57.564 time, which was secured during the second practice.
  • In heat 1, Seely struggled to get off the line, rounding the first turn in 10th. Early in the race, the Californian made a mistake, going down and losing a few positions. By the checkered flag, Seely had worked his way up to seventh, forcing him to qualify through the semi. Despite not transferring directly to the main, Seely showed notable speed, logging the third-fastest time of the race with a 47.609 lap.
  • It was a successful night for GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig as he secured his first podium finish of the season with a solid third place finish. Craig got off the line to a top five start, working his way up to fourth position. Towards the end of the 15-minute plus one-lap main event, Craig took advantage of another rider’s mistake to take over the final podium position.
  • While Seely and Team Honda HRC were battling the frigid temperatures in Toronto, Team HRC’s Time Gjaser and Evgeny Bobryshev were battling through brutal track conditions at round two of the MXGP series in Indonesia. With a sludge-covered track, organizers were forced to cancel the final main event, using race 1 results for the overall classification. Gjaser rode his CRF450RW to seventh, while Bobryshev took home ninth, respectively.
  • This weekend, Team Honda HRC will be at Daytona Beach, Florida, for the 46th annual Daytona Supercross by Honda. On Friday, Seely, fill-in Jeremy Martin and the GEICO Honda 250 effort will take part in press day before heading to RC Hill Honda in DeLand for a pre-supercross party and autograph session. 

THE FOCUS: Going International with Team Honda HRC

The Toronto Supercross marks the only international stop on the AMA Supercross circuit, and although it may seem like just another race to most fans, there is a lot of additional behind-the-scenes work that goes in to ensuring that Team Honda HRC is on the gate. In order to cross the Canadian border, the team is required to submit a manifesto well in advance, claiming everything that is brought across within the truck. Because of this, the team opts to bring only it’s technical truck across, and not the hospitality struck. By employing some creativity, the entire team and Seely are able to work out of one area.

“Bringing the rigs across the border to Toronto is definitely more complicated than any other race, which is why our team chooses to only bring one semi,” explained Mike Spraker, tech truck driver for Team Honda HRC. “We have to do a complete inventory of our entire trailer including everything from rugs, paper towels, chairs, nuts, bolts, engines and everything in between. We also have to document frame and serial numbers, as well as anything with an ID number. We have to submit this information about 8 weeks in advance. Then normally about three to five days before we cross the border we get verification paperwork, which tells our entry point [to the country], crossing dates and a crossing time, which we have to be within a few hours from. Only the people or persons within the vehicle that are registered on the manifest paperwork are able to drive into and out of Canada.”

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Cole Seely  14

I’m not happy with tonight but I’m also not completely unhappy. I had a bad gate pick after the semi so didn’t get the start that I wanted in the main event and was about 10th into the first turn. I rode well in the beginning of the race but made some mistakes. Coming out of the short set of whoops I got a little squirrely, lost control coming into the turn and totally drilled [Ryan] Dungey in the next turn. After that I just settled into a pace and tried to stay consistent. The track broke down a lot and got pretty gnarly.
When Baggett went down at the end, I tried really hard to get to him to make up one more position, but ran out of time.

Dan Betley

Team Manager

We’re a little bummed on how tonight went, but overall sixth really isn’t that bad. We just need to focus on improving Cole’s starts and getting him up on the podium each weekend. He’s still fourth in points with a lot of the series left and things are tightening up on third.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

It was another tough night for us. Cole struggled throughout the day but was able to lay down a decent time in the second practice giving him a pretty good position in his heat. Unfortunately, bad starts seem to be the downfall of the year. We’re going to be practicing starts for an hour straight on Monday and if he thinks I’m mean now, he’s going to really not like me after Monday [Simmons, laughed]. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and will try not to dwell on the past.

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki
2 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 22 Red Bull KTM
3 Tickle Broc 20 USA 20 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
4 Reed Chad 22 AUS 18 Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Baggett Blake 4 USA 16 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 Seely Cole 14 USA 15 Team Honda HRC
7 Millsaps David 18 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
8 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 13 Rockstar Husqvarna
9 Barcia Justin 51 USA 12 JGR
10 Brayton Justin 10 USA 11 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
11 Grant Joshua 33 USA 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki
12 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 9 Red Bull KTM
13 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 8 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
14 Stewart Malcolm 34 USA 7 GEICO Honda
15 Friese Vince 45 USA 6 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
16 Alessi Mike 800 USA 5 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
17 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 4 Chisholm Racing
18 Anderson Jason 21 USA 3 Rockstar Husqvarna
19 Schmidt Nicholas USA 2 Racing
20 Gilmore Cody 374 USA 1 Yankton Motorsports
21 Enticknap Adam 722 USA 1 The Privateer Journey

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 171 Red Bull KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 150 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 142 Red Bull KTM
4 Seely Cole 14 USA 138 Team Honda HRC
5 Millsaps David 18 USA 112 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 Anderson Jason 21 USA 106 Rockstar Husqvarna
7 Tickle Broc 20 USA 89 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
8 Reed Chad 22 AUS 87 Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing
9 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 86 Rockstar Husqvarna
10 Baggett Blake 4 USA 79 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
11 Webb Cooper 2 USA 76 Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing
12 Grant Joshua 33 USA 63 Monster Energy Kawasaki
13 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 60 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
14 Brayton Justin 10 USA 54 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
15 Roczen Ken 94 GER 51 Team Honda HRC
16 Friese Vince 45 USA 48 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
17 Peick Weston 23 USA 43 JGR
18 Stewart Malcolm 34 USA 42 GEICO Honda
19 Alessi Mike 800 USA 37 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
20 Bogle Justin 19 USA 33 RCH Racing
21 Canard Trey 41 USA 24 Red Bull KTM
22 Barcia Justin 51 USA 16 JGR
23 Schmidt Nicholas USA 16 Racing
24 Albertson Jimmy 77 USA 11 Jimmy Albertson Racing
25 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 11 Rock River Yamaha
26 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 10 Rockstar Husqvarna
27 Ray Alex USA 6 Ki Speed/ Freeport Honda
28 Clason Cade 92 USA 6 K1 Speed/ BWR Engines
29 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 4 Chisholm Racing
30 Enticknap Adam 722 USA 4 The Privateer Journey

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