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Cole Seely Steals a Win in Seattle

Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda in Seattle

  • Cole Seely, Photo: Cudby
  • Shane McElrath, Photo: Cudby
  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Cudby
  • Shane McElrath, Photo: Cudby
  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Cudby
  • Malcolm Stewart, Photo: Cudby
  • Cole Seely, Photo: Cudby
  • Cole Seely, Photo: Cudby
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.

Shane McElrath and Jessy Nelson opened the first heat up and flew around turn one in third and fifth, respectively. Shane quickly made a move to second and spent the entire heat race staring at the back of the leader. On the last lap, however, a massive crash would send him flying through the air and onto the Washington soil. Shane somehow managed to pick himself up and finish in sixth. Jessy, meanwhile, was having a good race and crossed the line in fourth.

Cole Seely and Malcolm Stewart lined up for heat two looking to build some momentum for the main event. Malcolm ran in third early while Cole was buried in eighth. Stewart held his position and scored a third while Cole would struggle to get into a rhythm and earn fifth in his heat. It wasn't the momentum-builder they wanted but it did put them in the final.

Despite his struggles in the heat race and a difficult practice earlier that day Cole was confident he could make things happen in the main event. When the gate dropped for the 15-lap final Seely and Nelson were both inside the top-five, Stewart was tenth and McElrath ran in the fifteenth position. Cole was making magic happen out front and by the end of the first lap he was in the lead and taking off. Behind him Jessy Nelson was crafting his best ride of the year with a fifth place finish. Stewart and McElrath both had their issues but managed to stay inside the top ten finishing ninth and tenth as the checkers flew.

There is one final round left to run in the series in Las Vegas in two weeks time. Currently Seely is second in points just eight behind the leader. He'll need some luck in Vegas but he certainly still has a shot. Malcolm is tied for fifth in the standings, Nelson sits in seventh and McElrath is currently ninth. That's a lot of TLD riders posted up inside the top ten. Be sure to follow the action as the team invades Las Vegas, Nevada for the final round on May 3rd.

TLD would like to thank all of our team sponsors: Lucas Oil, American Honda, PPG, Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley, Seaspan, FenderĀ®, Pro Tork, MavTV, Method Race Wheels, GoPro, Fasthouse, Pixelmags, Horizon Hobby, FMF Racing, Dunlop, VP Racing Fuels, Showa, Alpinestars, ODI, Pacific Collision Centers, New Era, Specialized, Sram, Renthal, Twin Air, Braking, McQueen Racing, Cyrca, Sol Republic, Hinson, Shock Doctor, ARC, Carillo, Sports Care Center, Samco, Xtrig, VQ Orthocare, Vortex, Kryptonight, Kasey Kahne, Dirt Star, Moto Tassinari, DID, Dirt Star, N-Style.

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Photo Gallery: Seattle SX 2014 (Photos: Cudby)

Race Results:

250 Heat 1
1. Justin Hill
2. Jason Anderson
3. Cooper Webb
4. Jessy Nelson
5. Michael Leib
6. Shane McElrath
7. Dakota Tedder
8. Aaron Siminoe
9. Johnny Jelderda

250 Heat 2
1. Dean Wilson
2. Zach Osborne
3. Malcolm Stewart
4. Zackery Freeberg
5. Cole Seely
6. Jake Canada
7. Chris Howell
8. Ross Johnson
9. Collin Jurin

250 Main Event
1. Cole Seely (Honda)
2. Jason Anderson (KTM)
3. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
4. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki)
5. Jessy Nelson (Honda)
6. Zach Osborne (Honda)
7. Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
8. Jake Canada (Honda)
9. Malcolm Stewart (Honda)
10. Shane McElrath (Honda)

11. Michael Leib (Honda)
12. Dakota Tedder (Kawasaki)
13. Scott Champion (Yamaha)
14. Preston Mull (Yamaha)
15. Chris Howell (Yamaha)
16. Aaron Siminoe (Kawasaki)
17. Chad Gores (Honda)
18. Zackery Freeberg (Yamaha)
19. Ross Johnson (Honda)
20. Collin Jurin (Kawasaki)
21. Ryder Steffy (Kawasaki)
22. Johnny Jelderda (Honda)

250 Western Regional SX Points Standings
1. Jason Anderson 178
2. Cole Seely 170
3. Justin Hill 139
4. Dean Wilson 138
5. Cooper Webb 121
6. Malcolm Stewart 121
7. Jessy Nelson 103

8. Zach Osborne 100
9. Shane McElrath 96
10. Jake Canada 72
11. Michael Leib 69
12. Dakota Tedder 68
13. Dean Ferris 63
14. Scott Champion 61
15. Preston Mull 29
16. Valentin Teillet 28
17. Topher Ingalls 25
18. Cole Martinez 24
19. Zackery Freeberg 24
20. Darryn Durham 21
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