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04.22.13

Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Back to Racing in Seattle

AMA Supercross - Seattle, WA

After a two month hiatus the supercross series returned to the west coast in soggy Seattle, Washington for the final stretch of the series. The Troy Lee Designs riders have been hard at work testing and preparing for the start of the outdoor motocross series in May, while also focusing on finishing the west region supercross series strong. Unfortunately Jessy Nelson was unable to compete in Seattle due to a elbow injury suffered while practicing but he is expected to return to track shortly. That left Cole Seely and Christian Craig to represent the team colors and they did it well.

After heavy rains the day and night before the race the track was extremely wet and soft. While the course looked fine as the first heat races blasted off the gate it wouldn’t take long for brutal ruts to develop and begin consuming riders. Craig was in heat one and it didn’t start well. He tangled with another rider in the first turn and had to start from the back of the pack. He rode well and charged up to sixth, giving him a decent pick for the main event.

Seely was in heat two and his luck wasn’t much better. After getting a good start the heat was red-flagged due to a downed rider. On the restart Cole was way back and a crash on the opening lap would put him even further back. From sixteenth Seely clawed his way to sixth at the finish.

In the main event Cole Seely did not get the start he needed to compete for the win. But after finding himself marred in the back of the pack, Seely grabbed a handful of throttle and took off for the front. He sliced through traffic for fifteen laps and by the time the white flag flew he was hounding the rider in third place and trying to find a way onto the podium. Cole simply ran out of time and finished fourth but he left no doubt about his speed by logging the quickest laps of the race in the last five laps.

Christian started well, beginning the race in second place, but he struggled to get comfortable in the soft, rutted conditions. He dropped to ninth in the early laps and then a crash would relegate him to twelfth at the finish.

The Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda squad now moves southeast for the penultimate round in Salt Lake City. With two rounds left to race the team has one thing on their minds: Winning. Seely proved he has the speed and Craig showed he can get the start he needs to get. Can they put it together? I wouldn’t bet against them.

Take a practice lap at Seattle Supercross with Cole Seely, courtesy of GoPro:



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250SX Heat 1:
1. Martin Davalos (KAW)
2. Zach Osborne (HON)
3. Malcom Stewart (KTM)
4. Travis Baker (YAM)
5. Kyle Cunningham (YAM)
6. Christian Craig (HON)
7. Austin Politelli (HON)
8. Killian Rusk (HON)
9. Travis Bright (HON)

250SX Heat 2:
1. Eli Tomac (HON)
2. Jason Anderson (SUZ)
3. Tyla Rattray (KAW)
4. Ryan Sipes (SUZ)
5. Joey Savatgy (KTM)
6. Cole Seely (HON)
7. Ken Roczen (KTM)
8. Jake Canada (HON)
9. Scott Canada (HON)

250SX LCQ:
1. Trevor Ivey (HON)
2. Bryce Stewart (YAM)

250SX Main Event:
1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Eli Tomac (HON)
3. Zach Osborne (HON)
4. Cole Seely (HON)
5. Tyla Rattray (KAW)
6. Austin Politelli (HON)
7. Ryan Sipes (SUZ)
8. Joey Savatgy (KTM)
9. Martin Davalos (KAW)
10. Jason Anderson (SUZ)
11. Malcom Stewart (KTM)
12. Christian Craig (HON)
13. Killian Rusk (HON)
14. Jake Canada (HON)
15. Travis Baker (YAM)
16. Scott Champion (HON)
17. Travis Bright (HON)
18. Kyle Cunningham (YAM)
19. Bryce Stewart (YAM)
20. Trevor Ivey (HON)

250SX West Point Standings:
1. Ken Roczen 163
2. Eli Tomac 143
3. Cole Seely 113
4. Zach Osborne 102
5. Jason Anderson 99
6. Martin Davalos 94
7. Kyle Cunningham 86
8. Joey Savatgy 75
9. Tyla Rattray 74
10. Austin Politelli 72
11. Christian Craig 71
12. Jessy Nelson 60
13. Travis Baker 59
14. Malcom Stewart 56
15. Ryan Sipes 45
16. Max Anstie 38
17. Josh Cachia 29
18. Jake Canada 28
19. Jean Ramos 21
20. Scott Champion 17
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