Corona, CA – (January 16, 2012) - Coming into round two with the points lead and the red plate, Cole Seely and the TLD team were looking for another win in Arizona. But in a class that is stacked with talent, sometimes you have to take what you can get. While both riders were kept off the podium, they were both consistent and earned solid points heading back to Los Angeles next week.
Seely had a great heat race and finished second. His times were looking good and he was ready to fight for it in the main event. Travis Baker was looking to improve on his ride from the opener and he would qualify sixth in his heat. Both riders felt confident and comfortable on the Phoenix circuit leading up to the main event.
When the gate dropped for the 15-lap main event Travis Baker was near the front. He rounded the turn inside the top five and was in good position to have a breakthrough night. Seely got pinched off down the start straight and would have to begin a charge to the front from around tenth position. Seely was going forward in a hurry and just after he passed his teammate for fifth, Baker pushed his front end over a berm and went down. He would remount and match his result from late weekend in tenth spot. Seely would make it to fourth near the end of the race only to be passed by Eli Tomac in the closing laps. It would be fifth for Seely and a solid number of points for the championship.
“Fifth definitely wasn’t what I was hoping for,” said Seely after the race. “When you get a bad start with this many good riders in the class you have to minimize the damage. I just tried to get as many points as possible and fifth isn’t that bad. I’ll regroup with the team this week and try to put it back on the box this weekend in LA.”
Travis Baker’s results don’t show it but he had a better weekend.
“I feel like I made big improvements over last weekend,” Baker says of his Phoenix effort. “I was riding more like myself and I think it would have been a good finish for me if I hadn’t of tipped over. I’m really pumped for this weekend at Dodger’s Stadium. I feel like this is going to be a good one for me.”
The championship is the big picture for Cole Seely and the team this year. Dodger’s Stadium was the site of his first career win last year. Can he repeat? Come find out as the TLD crew gets down to business this Saturday night. Stop by the Troy Lee Designs team truck to meet the riders and see the amazing collaboration TLD and Fender Guitars have been working on.
The team’s third rider Christian Craig will undergo wrist surgery and will miss much of the remaining Supercross series.
The Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda riders are wearing SE Pro Corse Racewear and SE3 Zap Gold Chrome Helmets, part of our 2012 Collection available at your local retailer.
TLD would like to thank all of our team sponsors: Lucas Oil, American Honda, PPG, Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley, Seaspan, Fender®, Dunlop, Renthal, Alpinestars, ODI, McQueen Racing, Hot Wheels, GoPro, Shock Doctor, Pro Circuit, Showa, VQ OrthoCare, Couts Heating & Cooling, Specialized, Kasey Kahne, N-Style, VP Racing Fuels, DubyaUSA, Moto Tassinari, PixelMags, ARC, Braking, Cycra, Mammoth Mountain, DID, Dirt Star, Hinson, Twin Air, Pacific Collision Centers, Sports Care Center, Elrod Racing, and New Era.