Team Honda HRC Sidelined from Seattle Supercross

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  Seattle Supercross

AMA Supercross 2017   Round 14

Team Honda HRC Sidelined from Seattle Supercross

Round 13 of AMA Supercross didn’t go as planned for Team Honda HRC, as Cole Seely was sidelined for the evening after aggravating a preexisting groin injury during the daytime program. Halfway through the only qualifying session, Seely dabbed his left foot in a corner, twisting his leg and forcing him into the pits. After the Californian was evaluated by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit, it was determined that he would not compete due to a possible tear in his adductor muscle. Seely will visit his physician this week to receive a full diagnosis and prognosis.


  • The evening before the race, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and Andrew Short, along with GEICO Honda rider Jimmy Decotis, visited Hinshaw Motorsports in Auburn, Washington, to hang out with fans and sign autographs.
  • Due to inclement weather leading up to the Seattle Supercross, promoters were forced to cancel not only the day’s free practice session but also the first timed qualifying practice, leaving riders with significant downtime throughout the day and only one 10-minute session to learn the track prior to the night program.
  • Through Seattle, the AMA Supercross series has been in action for 14 consecutive weeks, but now racers and teams will get a much-needed break over Easter weekend. The Honda Red Riders will return to action on April 22 for round 15 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

THE FOCUS: Teams Unite

With supercross winding down, riders and teams are shifting their focus to the approaching AMA Pro Motocross series, and Team Honda HRC test rider Andrew Short has been doing outdoor testing at his home in Texas. For the next phase, team manager Dan Betley hit on a unique idea to increase the effectiveness of preparations.

“One of the biggest challenges is finding an adequate track to test on,” Betley explained. “Most of the tracks in Southern California aren’t very rough and you’re often sharing the track with a lot of other people, which changes things because there’s a big difference between amateur and professional lines. The idea I had was a take on what they do in road racing, where teams get together and rent the track.”

The test will take place in Central California this week, and in addition to Team Honda HRC and GEICO Honda, squads expected to participate include Red Bull KTM, Troy Lee Designs KTM, Rockstar Husqvarna and RCH Suzuki, so between 12 and 14 riders should be on the track at any given time. The expectation is that this should allow for realistic conditions and a better opportunity for chassis and suspension testing.

Press contact:

Mandie Fonteyn // Jonnum Media // // +1(951) 537-0454


Cole Seely  14

I’m so bummed that I’m not able to race tonight. I first hurt my groin last weekend in St. Louis when I cased the triple in practice and my legs got ripped off the pegs. It was bothering me all week but I actually felt okay in the beginning of practice. Unfortunately, when I came into the left turn after the mechanics area and put my foot down, it ripped to the side again and I heard it pop. After that, it was instant pain. I went to the mobile medical unit and they think that it’s the adductor muscle in my groin but we won’t know until I get an MRI.

Dan Betley

Team Manager

I’m really disappointed for Cole and the entire team. It’s unfortunate not having him out there tonight. These conditions have suited him well in the past and he looked good early in practice, so we had high hopes for tonight. We’re hoping for the best but we won’t know the severity of the injury until he gets an MRI. We appreciate everyone’s support and will keep our fans posted on his status.

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

I really feel bad for Cole. This is one of his favorite races and I think he could have done really well tonight and been on the podium. He likes tracks like this that are soft and pretty rutted. I could tell he just wasn’t himself this week, and then when he pulled off the track during practice, he was genuinely in some serious pain. I’m trying to stay positive and hoping we’ll be on the line in Salt Lake City, but we won’t really know until he gets checked out further.

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3 Anderson Jason 21 USA 20 Rockstar Husqvarna
4 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 18 Red Bull KTM
5 Millsaps David 18 USA 16 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 Tickle Broc 20 USA 15 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
7 Baggett Blake 4 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
8 Webb Cooper 2 USA 13 Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing
9 Reed Chad 22 AUS 12 Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing
10 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 11 Rockstar Husqvarna
11 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 10 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
12 Bogle Justin 19 USA 9 RCH Racing
13 Barcia Justin 51 USA 8 JGR
14 Stewart Malcolm USA 7 Racing
15 Brayton Justin 10 USA 6 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
16 Friese Vince 45 USA 5 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
17 Clason Cade 92 USA 4 K1 Speed/ BWR Engines
18 Pauli Theodore 282 USA 3 Outlaw Motorsports
19 Schmidt Nicholas USA 2 Racing
20 Akaydin Michael USA 1 Storm Lake Honda/Buddy Brooks Racing
21 Ray Alex USA 1 Ki Speed/ Freeport Honda
22 Politelli Austin 981 USA 1 Old Town Construction/ TripTagger/ Yamaha

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 272 Monster Energy Kawasaki
2 Dungey Ryan 5 USA 269 Red Bull KTM
3 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 237 Red Bull KTM
4 Seely Cole 14 USA 196 Team Honda HRC
5 Anderson Jason 21 USA 191 Rockstar Husqvarna
6 Millsaps David 18 USA 176 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
7 Baggett Blake 4 USA 157 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
8 Tickle Broc 20 USA 151 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
9 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 136 Rockstar Husqvarna
10 Reed Chad 22 AUS 134 Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing
11 Grant Joshua 33 USA 113 Monster Energy Kawasaki
12 Webb Cooper 2 USA 104 Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing
13 Brayton Justin 10 USA 99 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
14 Weimer Jacob 12 USA 87 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
15 Stewart Malcolm USA 75 Racing
16 Friese Vince 45 USA 67 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
17 Bogle Justin 19 USA 61 RCH Racing
18 Barcia Justin 51 USA 60 JGR
19 Roczen Ken 94 GER 51 Team Honda HRC
20 Alessi Mike 800 USA 51 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
21 Peick Weston 23 USA 43 JGR
22 Canard Trey 41 USA 41 Red Bull KTM
23 Martin Jeremy 6 USA 22 Team Honda HRC
24 Schmidt Nicholas USA 21 Racing
25 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA 12 Chisholm Racing
26 Albertson Jimmy 77 USA 11 Jimmy Albertson Racing
27 Hahn Thomas 47 USA 11 Rock River Yamaha
28 Pourcel Christophe 377 FRA 10 Rockstar Husqvarna
29 Clason Cade 92 USA 10 K1 Speed/ BWR Engines
30 Ray Alex USA 8 Ki Speed/ Freeport Honda


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