Cole Seely Placed 8th at High Point National

Trey Canard was sidelined due to an injury

With Trey Canard sidelined due to an injury sustained in a practice crash last week, Cole Seely was the sole Team Honda HRC rider for round four of the AMA Pro Motocross series at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. The Californian put together two respectable rides, finishing eighth overall with 9-6 marks.

In the day’s first moto, Seely launched his CRF450R to a fifth-place start before taking advantage of two other riders’ mistakes in the opening laps to advance to third. He maintained that position until the halfway point, when he lost a spot. With four laps remaining, Seely fell while in third, relinquishing several positions before ultimately taking the checkered flag in ninth. Following a less-than-desirable start in moto 2, Seely put his head down and quickly worked his way into the top ten on the opening lap. He continued to move forward throughout the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, crossing the finish line in sixth.

Cole Seely, Honda, High Point National, 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National
Cole Seely, although in third at one point of the first moto, fell and took the checkered flag for ninth but redeemed himself in moto 2 and placed 8th overall.Photo Courtesy of Honda

Seely Beating the Heat:
As the AMA Pro Motocross series moved to the Eastern U.S. for the first time this season, conditions began to warm up, and although highs were only in the mid-80s, with humidity above 40 percent, it was a precursor of what to expect through much of the summer. Riders have different techniques for beating the heat, but Cole Seely believes that the main key is hydration. "I don't really think there's a ton you can do," he said. "I've tried ice baths and all kinds of things, but it's all about keeping hydrated, really. You have to make sure you're drinking plenty of liquids leading up to the race, and then trying to force as much water down as possible on race day. It's really important to replenish yourself between practices and motos, whether with water or a supplemental sports drink that has electrolytes in it. That's all I've found that really works. Today wasn't too bad though, compared to other places we race at. If it does get really hot, the only other thing I'll really do is wear a cooling vest on the line, which helps keep your body temperature down before the race. A lot of riders have those."

Seely admits that being from a region of the country where conditions are relatively mild probably doesn’t help. “At the same time though, I wouldn’t say it’s a huge advantage,” he added. “I grew up in California, so if I went out and stayed in Florida or anywhere like that, I just couldn’t do it. I feel like it eats away at me all week and I’m even more tired on the weekend because of it. I’d rather just come out here, deal with it for one day and then fly home.”

Cole Seely, Honda, High Point National, 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National
Cole SeelyPhoto Courtesy of Honda

Cole Seely:

High Point is typically not a great track for me; I’ve just struggled here the past few years, so I’m really happy to have this one finished. I was running really good in the first moto, sitting fourth, but washed out the front end, which sent me back to ninth. At that point in the moto I wasn’t able to put on another charge, so it was a little tough. I got off to kind of a bad start in the second moto; I think I was about 11th, but I was able to make it up to sixth. Overall, today was a bit challenging, but we were able to figure out a few things here and there with the bike setup, so I’m just looking forward to the next one.

Dan Betley:

Team Manager
I'm a little disappointed in today's overall results, but it could've been worse. It was kind of an up-and-down day for Cole, who had a good qualifying time and was running well in the first moto before going down and falling back quite a bit. His start wasn't great in the second moto but he was still able to put together some good laps to finish sixth. I think his new training program is starting to tire him out a little, but that's fine as long as he's continuing to improve and get stronger. I'm happy for Justin [Bogle]. I think he rode better than he has been and was able to put together two solid motos for his best result of the season. That was a positive. We need to continue working hard and get back to the front.

Rich Simmons:

Mechanic (Cole Seely)
The positives are that Cole rode well, even though the results may not show it. The track was a little different today, so it was a bit of a struggle on his part and our part to get used to these conditions. He was running good in the first moto before he fell, and it seemed like everything just caught up to him then—almost like it took the wind out of his sails and the bike wasn't handling the best for him at that moment. We made a pretty big change compared to what we normally do for the second moto, which was better, but I also think he rode better in general, so that helped. Starts were pretty good; his jumps out of the gate were good, and I even thought he had the holeshot in the second moto but he got shuffled back. For a bad day, I think it was still pretty decent.

450 Moto 1 Results:
Pos. Rider Number Points Team
1. Ken Roczen 94 25 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
2. Marvin Musquin 25 22 Red Bull KTM
3. Jason Anderson 21 20 Rockstar Husqvarna
4. Christophe Pourcel 377 18 Rockstar Husqvarna
5. Eli Tomac 3 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki
6. Justin Bogle 19 15 GEICO Honda
7. Justin Barcia 51 14 JGR
8. Broc Tickle 20 13 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
9. Cole Seely 14 12 Team Honda HRC
10. Matt Bisceglia 38 11 GEICO Honda
450 Moto 2 Results:
Pos. Rider Number Points Team
1. Ken Roczen 94 25 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
2. Eli Tomac 3 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3. Jason Anderson 21 20 Rockstar Husqvarna
4. Marvin Musquin 25 18 Red Bull KTM
5. Justin Barcia 51 16 JGR
6. Cole Seely 14 15 Team Honda HRC
7. Justin Bogle 19 14 GEICO Honda
8. Weston Peick 23 13 JGR
9. Christophe Pourcel 377 12 Rockstar Husqvarna
10. Broc Tickle 20 11 RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Hohns Suzuki Factory Racing