Heading into round number seven of the 2014 250SX Western Regional Championship at the Seattle Supercross, Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda’s Cole Seely trailed Jason Anderson by eleven points and all of the momentum was in Anderson’s favor. Seely had lost seven points at the last round in Houston, and Anderson had just secured his fourth win of 2014.
The Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team showed up in Seattle ready to fight. The pacific northwest usually deals up some type of inclement weather but this year it was perfect weather for racing. Still, the Seattle dirt is soft and ruts up quickly, leaving a technical course for riders to contend with. That made it even more impressive that Cole Seely romped away for his second win of the season.
The weekend of April 11-13th was stacked with events in which TLD athletes were competing. From the Long Beach Grand Prix to the Sea Otter Classic, Seattle Supercross and the DH MTB World Cup, Troy Lee Designs was well represented in all disciplines.
Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda’s Cole Seely needed a win in Seattle to get back within striking distance for the 250SX West Regional Championship in Monster Energy Supercross. But when he flashed across just fifth in timed qualifying—a second off the fastest time—and then went down early in a heat race pileup, things weren’t looking good. As we’ve seen with Seely time and time again, though, he transforms in the main event. He did that en route to a victory, closing to within eight points with a single race remaining. We found Cole at the TLD truck after the race to grab this interview.
Missing the last round of the French Elite Championship in Gueugnon after his injury, Valentin Teillet was back racing this weekend in Romagné for the penultimate round of the series. His comeback was successful for the Bud Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy rider, who got a MX1 podium while Benoit Paturel struggled in Brittany and missed this podium.
After a long break, the riders competing in the west region supercross series lined back up to face off in one of the final three rounds of the 2014 series. There is much on the line as Cole Seely is still in contention for the championship, Malcolm Stewart is looking for his first win and Jessy Nelson and Shane McElrath are eyeing the podium for the first time. Collectively, the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda riders had their work cut out for them.