Troy Lee Designs’ Cole Seely Opens Motocross Season With Solid Showing
Sacramento (May 21, 2016) – Troy Lee Designs rider Cole Seely started off the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with a holeshot and a top 10 overall result at the rough Hangtown MX circuit outside California’s capital.
When the first starting gate of the season dropped in front of thousands of fans at the 47th running of the Hangtown MX Classic, it was Seely who found himself in the lead around the first several turns. With the circuit already seeing a 250 Class moto tear up the track in wet conditions, line selection was key and Seely was able to hold onto fifth during that opening moto.
Unlike Moto 1, Seely had an uphill battle on his hands in Moto 2 after coming around the first lap in 15th. Throughout the 30 plus minutes of racing, Seely picked off riders and eventually made it up to 10th, placing him sixth overall once the scores were tallied.
“This track is definitely rough and challenges you from the first lap to the last,” said Seely. “I’m happy that we were able to get a solid result and move on to the next round healthy. It should be a great race next weekend at Glen Helen.”
With one round under his belt, Seely and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series will head to the Southern California stop at Glen Helen Raceway next week
Seely was wearing the GP Air 50/50 Blue and White Racewear with the SE4 Factory White Helmet for the opening round. See more of the 2016 gear sets and the 2016 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
450 Class Results (Moto Finishes)
- Ken Roczen, Suzuki (1-1)
- Ryan Dungey, KTM (2-2)
- Eli Tomac, Kawasaki (4-4)
- Jason Anderson, Husqvarna (6-3)
- Trey Canard, Honda (7-5)
- Cole Seely, Honda (5-10)
- Justin Barcia, Yamaha (10-6)
- Marvin Musquin, KTM (9-7)
- Josh Grant, Kawasaki (8-8)
- Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha (11-9)
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM Start Motocross Season with Top-10 Finishes
Sacramento (May 21, 2016) – After a supercross season that had the riders spilt racing east and west coast divisions, the team was together again as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship got underway at Hangtown MX in Northern California. Back from injury and away from a gate drop since January, Jessy Nelson grabbed the Moto 2 holeshot on his way to a 7-6 moto result for sixth overall. Teammate Mitchell Oldenburg joined Nelson in the top 10 with an 11-10 result that placed him 10th overall for the day.
Coming back after being sidelined with injury, Nelson looked as if he never missed a gate drop as he completed his first race since January in seventh. In Moto 2, he grabbed the holeshot, but the race was red flagged and the riders were sent back to the line for a full restart. But that didn’t deter him as Nelson grabbed another holeshot once Moto 2 was restarted. He led a majority of the race and ultimately came across the finish in sixth to secure sixth overall.
“I’ve been working really hard to be prepared for the competitive outdoor season and I think that I rode pretty well considering I wasn’t sure how I would stack up after being out so long,” said Nelson. “We have a good base to work off of for next weekend and I’m really looking forward to Glen Helen next weekend.”
After finishing the first moto in 11th, Oldenburg was set to put his KTM in the top 10 during Moto 2. The red flag ended up benefitting Oldenburg as he was collected in the first turn the first time around. After the restart, Oldenburg was 13th following the first lap and made his move forward to finish 10th in Moto 2 and claim 10th overall.
Alex Frye lined up for the first time at Hangtown MX and was quick to make a good impression on the rough circuit. Despite tough conditions in the opening moto, Frey claimed 10th. With a points paying finish in Moto 2 of 17th, he was able to finish 15th overall and leave Northern California with some added experience and a handful of points.
Like his teammate Nelson, Justin Hill was also coming back from injury sustained during the supercross season. His opening moto put him outside point-paying position in 21st, but he wasn’t about to go down without a fight in Moto 2. Even after starting outside the top 15, Hill quickly made his way through the pack to finish 13th and earn 16th overall.
Shane McElrath’s day started well as he battled hard in the opening moto to claim 18th. He was inside the top 10 in the second moto when he was forced to retire early with timing and scoring crediting him with 36th.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM riders wore the GP Air 50/50 Blue and White Racewear with the SE4 Factory White Helmet. See all of the 2016 gear sets and the 2016 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
250 Class Results (Moto Finishes)
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (1-1)
- Alex Martin, Yamaha (8-2)
- Cooper Webb, Yamaha (4-5)
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (9-3)
- Jeremy Martin, Yamaha (3-9)
- Jessy Nelson, KTM (7-6)
- Jordon Smith, Honda (2-16)
- Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (13-7)
- Tristan Charboneau, Honda (6-14)
- Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM (11-10)