Cole Seely to ride American Honda CRF450R at 2012 Atlanta SX
Team Honda Muscle Milk recently announced that current Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Supercross Lites rider Cole Seely will fill in for injured Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard at select Supercross races beginning with the coming Atlanta round next weekend.
Canard suffered a back injury at the Dodger Stadium Supercross that has unfortunately sidelined the popular rider for the remainder of the Supercross season. Commencing at the Atlanta Supercross event, Seely will step up to the Supercross class on Canard’s CRF450R. This is the second time Seely has filled in on the Honda team for an injured rider. Last year, he had great success filling in for Josh Grant between Lites West rounds.
Seely started the 2012 Lites West title chase with a bang, scoring a win in the opening round at Anaheim 1. The 21-year-old from Newbury Park, CA added a pair of seconds to that win so far this season and is currently third overall in the championship as the Lites West series takes a nine week break.
“Cole proved last year that he has what it takes to run in the Supercross class,” said Team Honda Muscle Milk Manager Erik Kehoe. “He’s a hard-charger, and a good fit for the team. It’s a great opportunity for Cole to showcase his capability on the CRF450R, while maintaining his competitive skills during the break. I want to thank everyone at the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team and all their sponsors for allowing Cole another opportunity to race a factory Honda for Team Honda Muscle Milk.”
“Any time you get an opportunity to ride a factory Honda, it’s hard to turn it down no matter how close the points are in the west,” says Cole Seely. “I look at it as more seat time for me before I get back on my 250.”
Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Team manager Tyler Keefe had this to say:
“This is a great opportunity for Cole. He has shown more speed and confidence this year and I think he will do very well this time around. When the series heads back to the West coast and Cole gets back on his TLD / Lucas Oil / Honda CRF 250R, I think his time with American Honda on the 450 will help him generate even more speed that he can carry over into the outdoor nationals.”