Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Meets Adversity in Oakland
Supercross can certainly be an emotional roller coaster for teams and riders. Just one week after the team scored it’s very first supecross win they had what can only be described as a frustrating weekend in Oakland as both riders failed to finish the main event.
The heat race once again looked promising for both Cole Seely and Travis Baker. Travis pulled his first holeshot of the season and led briefly while Cole worked his way up from a bad start. Cole would get to third, just ahead of Baker, at the end of the heat. Both riders were qualified for the final and feeling good going into it.
Cole Seely, Photo: VitalMX
In the main event, Travis started mid-pack and began working his way forward. Meanwhile, Cole suffered another bad start and was caught in a group of riders. While doubling one of the triples in traffic, Cole landed on a Tuff Block and damaged his rear brake system. Unfortunately, it would mean the end of Cole’s night and he retired to the pits early.
“I felt confident going in after a win,” said Cole. “Practice went well I felt strong and knew just like every weekend if I get a good start I could get on the podium. I have a lot of fire going into A2 and I can’t wait to race!”
Travis Baker had worked his way up to seventh position when he lost his front end on a slick off-camber corner. He hit his head in the crash and made the tough decision to call it a night as well.
Travis Baker, Photo: VitalMX
Despite the weekend’s results, the team remains optimistic about the rest of the series.
The team’s third rider, Christian Craig, suffered a knee injury at the Los Angeles round of the series. He collided with another rider on the opening lap of the main event and tore the ligament away from his kneecap. Christian expects to make it back before the end of the supercross season.
This weekend the series returns to Angels Stadium for the fifth round of the series in Anaheim. This will be your last chance to catch Cole and Travis in action in Orange County, so be sure to stop by our pit area and say hello.
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