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Tough Night for Troy Lee Designs at Anaheim 3

AMA Supercross - Anaheim, CA

  • Cole Seely, Photo: Kardas
  • Christian Craig, Photo: Kardas
  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Kardas
  • Cole Seely, Photo: Kardas
  • Christian Craig, Photo: Kardas
  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Kardas

The fifth round of the 250 west coast supercross series was trying for the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team. Coming into the night the boys were building momentum and looking to break through for their first win of the season. But the slick circuit in Angel Stadium had other plans.

The opening heat race included all three TLD riders: Cole Seely, Christian Craig and Jessy Nelson. Jessy nabbed another great start and sat in second early on. Cole and Christian were between fifth and seventh and trying to move forward. In that battle, Craig tangled with another rider and went down. He would be forced to the LCQ. Seely made good progress and pushed his way to third by the finish. Christian snuck out of the LCQ with a second place and the final transfer spot to the main event.

The final is where things really got rough. All three riders had average starts and Seely was going forward, as high as fifth at one point. However, he crashed in a turn and would remount in seventeenth spot. It took all Cole could do to get back to twelfth at the finish. Nelson had trouble finding his speed all day. His mid-pack start didn’t help his situation and he rode to an eleventh place finish. Craig was doing his best but a crash on lap nine would relegate him to the back of the pack and he would complete the train of TLD riders across the line in thirteenth.

This was definitely not the weekend the Troy Lee Designs team was working towards but it gives them a renewed motivation for this weekend’s race in San Diego. Cole Seely is still one of only a few riders capable of winning. Nelson is searching for his first podium and another holeshot. And Craig has yet to have the breakout ride he is capable of. Championship-winning teams are defined by the way they rebound from adversity and Troy Lee Designs will be back next weekend in a big way.

To help support cancer awareness, the team wore pink gear and custom pink helmets, along with the pink plastics on the race bikes. All of these items will be auctioned on eBay starting today, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society.

Cole Seely Kit: Item # 251224506974
Christian Craig Kit: Item # 251224508920
Jessy Nelson Kit: Item # 251224510005

Check out more photos from Anaheim 3 in our photo gallery!

TLD would like to thank all of our team sponsors: Lucas Oil, American Honda, PPG, Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley, Seaspan, Fender®, Seaspan, Pro Tork, Dunlop, Renthal, Alpinestars, MavTV, ODI, McQueen Racing, Method Race Wheels, Sol Republic, GoPro, Shock Doctor, Pro Circuit, Showa, VQ OrthoCare, Couts Heating & Cooling, Specialized, Kasey Kahne, Enjoy, VP Racing Fuels, DubyaUSA/Talon, Moto Tassinari, PixelMags, ARC, Braking, Boyesen, Caprillo, Moto Brew, Vortex, Cycra, Mammoth Mountain, DID, Dirt Star, Hinson, Twin Air, Pacific Collision Centers, Sports Care Center, Elrod Racing, and New Era.

250SX Heat 1:
1. Martin Davalos (KAW)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
3. Cole Seely (HON)
4. Jessy Nelson (HON)
5. Kyle Cunningham (YAM)
6. Austin Politelli (HON)
7. Dakota Tedder (KAW)
8. Derek Anderson (KAW)
9. Scott Champion (HON)

250SX Heat 2:
1. Eli Tomac (HON)
2. Joey Savatgy (KTM)
3. Jason Anderson (SUZ)
4. Josh Cachia (KTM)
5. Max Anstie (SUZ)
6. Travis Baker (YAM)
7. Jean Ramos (KAW)
8. Kade Mosig (KAW)
9. Tyler Beremen (KAW)

250SX LCQ:
1. Zach Osborne (HON)
2. Christian Craig (HON)

250SX Main Event:
1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Martin Davalos (KAW)
3. Eli Tomac (HON)
4. Kyle Cunningham (YAM)
5. Jason Anderson (SUZ)
6. Travis Baker (YAM)
7. Joey Savatgy (KTM)
8. Austin Politelli (HON)
9. Max Anstie (SUZ)
10. Zach Osborne (HON)
11. Jessy Neslon (HON)
12. Cole Seely (HON)
13. Christian Craig (HON)
14. Josh Cachia (KTM)
15. Scott Champion (HON)
16. Kade Mosig (KAW)
17. Jean Ramos (KAW)
18. Dakota Tedder (KAW)
19. Tyler Beremen (KAW)
20. Derek Anderson (KAW)

250SX West Point Standings:
1. Ken Roczen 116
2. Eli Tomac 96
3. Cole Seely 89
4. Martin Davalos 70
5. Jason Anderson 68
6. Zach Osborne 68
7. Kyle Cunningham 67
8. Christian Craig 54
9. Joey Savatgy 52
10. Jessy Neslon 49
11. Malcom Stewart 45
12. Tyla Rattray 45
13. Austin Politelli 39
14. Travis Baker 38
15. Max Anstie 38
16. Ryan Sipes 31
17. Jake Canada 21
18. Josh Cachia 20
19. Michael Leib 16
20. Jean Ramos 14

About the American Cancer Society:

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  • Cole Seely, Photo: Kardas
  • Christian Craig, Photo: Kardas
  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Kardas
  • Cole Seely, Photo: Kardas
  • Christian Craig, Photo: Kardas
  • Jessy Nelson, Photo: Kardas

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