News 20 Feb 2019

Improving Seely content with Arlington progress

Motivating heat race win for the Team Honda HRC rider.

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In his return season from serious injury, Cole Seely has expressed satisfaction in his progress after a stellar showing at Arlington’s seventh round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship last weekend.

The Team Honda HRC talent earned a motivating heat race win before going onto lodge a strong performance in the main, rebounding from a lacklustre start to ultimately cross the line in sixth.

“I’d say the day went pretty well,” Seely commented. “Overall, I’m pretty happy with everything from qualifying all the way down to the main event. Times were really close in qualifying, which is cool because it shows there’s a lot of talent in the class but it also means if you’re a tenth off, you’re way back.

“I was happy to qualify in the top five, and in the heat race it obviously felt good to lead some laps and win the thing; it was also cool that Kenny won his heat, so we sort of shared that I guess. The main went pretty smoothly. I got off to a pretty bad start, but I was able to make some passes right away – like five guys in the first lap.

“I managed to eventually get into sixth and ride there for most of the race. I didn’t really get too tired at the end, but after three rough weekends and seeing things finally coming together, I didn’t want to push the issue too hard. For most of the race, the top six were running a similar pace, and it felt good to actually have sight of the leaders.”

The number 14 is currently positioned eighth in the championship standings as the AMA Supercross series heads to Detroit this Saturday night. The main was won by new points leader Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who made a pass on Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) in the final turn to secure victory by 0.028s.

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