Round 11 of the AMA Supercross series in Detroit is a race that Team Honda HRC would like to put behind them, as multiple misfortunes left riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely fighting for position. After posting solid times in qualifying and scoring his third heat-race win of the season, Canard was dogged with another poor start in the main, leaving him 14th at the end of the opening lap. The Oklahoman was putting together a solid ride, as he advanced through the pack to a fight for seventh, when another rider pushed him wide on lap 12. Canard ran into a Tuff Block and off the track, then rejoined the race in 12th and spent the final laps recovering as many positions as possible, ultimately taking the checkered flag in eighth.
Teammate Seely had propelled his CRF450R off the line to a good start and quickly moved into fourth, but disaster quickly struck when Seely missed his rear brake with his right foot while exiting the whoop section, and he was launched over a berm and off the track. He remounted in last place, but an impressive come-from-behind performance saw him cross the line in 11th.
The Canadian round of the AMA Supercross series was a positive one for Team Honda HRC, as Cole Seely turned in another solid performance, finishing just shy of the podium in fourth, while teammate Trey Canard took the checkered flag in seventh.
When the gate dropped, Seely launched his CRF450R to a fourth-place start before relinquishing one position a few laps in. He maintained fifth for the majority of the race but on lap 16 was able to close in and overtake Eli Tomac before completing the race in fourth. Canard also enjoyed a good start but was collected in a rhythm-lane crash on lap one. He rejoined the race in 14th place and spent the remainder of the event navigating through traffic, eventually settling for seventh.
Cole fell on the first lap of the 2016 Daytona Supercross main event. He managed to salvage the night and finish in a respectable 10th position. Cole now sits in 5th place in the Supercross points standings.
Round eight of the AMA Supercross series proved a challenge for Team Honda HRC, as both Cole Seely and Trey Canard had multiple mishaps during the main event that left them fighting in the pack. Seely got a good jump off the line but came together with another rider before the first turn, shuffling him to the middle of the running order. On lap eight, while trying to pass for fifth, Seely and Jason Anderson hit, sending them both down and costing multiple positions. By the final lap of the 20-lap race, Seely had worked his way back up to seventh, when another encounter with Anderson sent him to the ground again two turns before the finish. He remounted his CRF450R and crossed the finish line in 10th.
The AMA Supercross series headed to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for round seven, and it was a night of mixed emotions for Team Honda HRC. Cole Seely finished just shy of the podium and teammate Trey Canard was ninth.
After the main-event gate-drop, Seely rounded the first turn in fourth aboard his CRF450R and made quick work of the rider in front of him. He maintained third position for the majority of the race, but with track conditions getting increasingly difficult with each passing lap, the Californian began to fall off the pace, allowing Jason Anderson to close in. On lap 14, Seely relinquished one position, ultimately taking the checkered flag in fourth. Canard had a challenging night, completing lap one in 15th place and working his way up to 10th before going down in a turn. He put together another impressive charge, advancing from 17th to ninth by the end of the 20-lap race.
Cole Seely’s road to a successful racing career and a ride with the factory Honda team was a little unconventional compared to most of his competition. Seely was never an amateur standout and even quit racing for a brief period at age 16, but his passion for racing brought him back. His pure talent and his background as an amateur BMX racer prepared him well for when he turned pro in 2009 and signed with the Troy Lee Designs Honda team for the following season.
In 2011, Seely tallied a pair of supercross victories, both in the 250 West class. He added another win to his belt the following year and also put in four supercross appearances as a substitute rider aboard the injured Trey Canard’s CRF450R. Seely had another successful 250SX campaign in 2013, riding to third place in the series points standings.
The 2014 season is when the Californian came into his own, notching a pair of 250SX West wins and challenging for the class title up until the final round, before eventually settling for second. In addition, while subbing for the factory Honda team at three supercross rounds, Seely scored a podium finish in the premier 450 class, finishing second at Indianapolis.
In 2015, Cole Seely won his first 450 Premier Class race in Houston and finished 3rd in overall points aboard his Factory HRC Honda CRF450R.
Rich Simmons has been Cole's personal mechanic for a number of years, including their time together at Troy Lee Designs and now Factory Honda HRC.
Jeff is Cole's riding coach, 7-time AMA Motocross Champion, a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Brian is Cole's personal trainer, professional mountain bike racer. He has won a total of 18 titles – 9 NORBA National Championships, 6 UCI World Cup wins and 4 UCI World Championship titles.
Brian has been Cole's agent since Cole's days riding mini-bikes. Brian owns Disruptive Concepts and manges other high-profile riders.
Mikey is Cole's long-time friend and personal assistant. When not working with Cole, Mike works at Troy Lee Designs.
Greg is Cole's technology developer. Greg has been with Cole since he started riding with Troy Lee Designs.
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