Cole Seely Ninth in his First SX Class Event
The number 36 of Cole Seely lined up his Honda at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night, but this time it was the CRF450R of American Honda. Cole was recently selected to fill in for injured rider Josh Grant for the next four rounds.
Cole tested the bike for several weeks with the team, and quickly felt comfortable aboard the bigger machine. The difference for Cole would be maintaining his pace for 20 laps. But he felt very confident with his fitness program, and he was ready for Indianapolis.
In the first heat race Cole started mid-pack and steadily worked his way forward into a transfer position, passing riders like Mike Alessi and Nick Wey. Cole finished the 8 lap race in seventh, qualifying for his first 450 main event, and nearly catching Fabien Izoird for sixth.
In the main event Cole started near the back of the pack, but kept his head down and began picking off positions. By the halfway point Cole found himself in tenth, and after a late pass on Davi Milsaps, finished the 20 lap main event in ninth position.
A top ten finish in his first Premier class event aboard a factory bike is a tremendous accomplishment for the talented young rider.
"It was a lot of fun," said Cole after the race. "It's really different being on the bigger bike but I like it a lot. I am really excited for the next few rounds. I know the experience will be good for me when I get back on the 250. I'm really happy that Honda gave me this opportunity and I want to thank everyone at Honda and Troy Lee Designs for making this happen for me."
Watch for the number 36 of Cole Seely under the American Honda tent at the next round in Jacksonville, FL.
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