Double Podium for Team Honda HRC in Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Supercross saw Team Honda HRC cohorts Cole Seely and Trey Canard collect a pair of podium results aboard their factory CRF450R race machines, with Seely taking second and Canard finishing third. Seely continues to showcase himself as not only the top rookie in the 450SX class, but also a solid candidate to earn a race win by season’s end. After posting the fourth-quickest qualifying time in daytime practice, the Californian finished second in his heat race, advancing directly to the main event. Seely took advantage of a good gate pick, launching off the line to a third-place start and quickly making the pass into second. Learning from his mistake in Daytona the previous week, Seely remained patient, following the leader for much of the race. His runner-up finish vaulted him from seventh in the championship standings to fourth.
Canard secured the final podium position, but not without difficulty. Once again, the Oklahoma native was hindered by a lackluster start that left him 11th after the completion of the opening lap. Canard immediately set about making up ground, and by the midway point he sat third, which is where he finished. It was his seventh podium appearance of the year.
• Team Honda HRC was working without its team manager in Indianapolis, as sickness kept Dan Betley at home. Taking his place for the weekend was crew chief and longtime Honda HRC team member Jason Haines.
• During the day’s timed qualifying sessions, a mere .447 seconds separated the top six riders. Trey Canard secured the second-quickest time at 51.391 seconds, just .019 seconds off the pace of GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, who notched the quickest time at 51.372. Cole Seely was fourth with 51.489.
• The Indianapolis round has been kind to Seely, who last year earned his first premier-class podium, while taking time out of his 250SX West campaign to serve as a substitute rider on Honda’s factory team. His runner-up finish this time around equaled his best 450SX result, as he also finished second at Anaheim 3.
• The factory Honda CRF450R currently holds three of the top four positions in the series points standings. Canard and Tomac remain in second and third with 204 and 169 points, respectively, while Seely has used strong results at the last couple of races to advance to fourth place, nine behind Tomac.
• The Honda CRF250R also had a solid night at Indianapolis, occupying an incredible nine of the top 10 positions in the 250SX main event. Best of the Red Riders were GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle and RJ Hampshire, who finished second and third, respectively.
• The day after the Indianapolis Supercross, Fox Sports 1 aired the fifth episode of Behind the Dream, and Team Honda HRC was featured heavily. The episode touched on Canard’s faith and recovery from setbacks, and cameras showed him testing and racing. Also included was footage of Canard and Seely on a mountain bike outing in California, plus interviews with the two riders and their mechanics.
• Next weekend, the Honda Red Riders head to Detroit for round 12 of the AMA Supercross Series. Prior to the race, the riders will take part in a dealer appearance at Grace Motorsports in Kimball, Michigan, on Friday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.