AMA Supercross – Anaheim, CA
The Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team had another trying weekend in Anaheim’s Angel Stadium last weekend. After losing Christian Craig to injury two weeks ago, Travis Baker was relegated to the sidelines after a crash in the last qualifying session. Travis lost his front end going through the over/under bridge and crushed his fingers between the bars and the clutch lever, leaving him with one broken and one badly lacerated finger. Baker, who was making improvements each week, will need a few weeks to heal before returning to the track.
The unfortunate incident in practice meant that Cole Seely would have to represent for the Troy Lee Designs team alone. Cole was very quick in practice and looked good to race for the win that night. In his heat race, a bad start would make things difficult but he put his head down and charged up to third when the checkers flew.
When the gate dropped for the main event Cole found himself just inside the top ten and he began moving forward. He was making great progress, up to sixth place at one point, until a crash in the whoops left him on the ground and shaken. He picked himself up and came into the mechanics area for some quick adjustments, then forged on finishing eleventh. Despite the difficulties of the night, Cole is healthy and looking forward to redeeming himself at the next west coast round in two weeks in San Diego.
“It was not the result I hoped for,” said Cole Seely. “After LA my confidence was high, and then Oakland was tough. I really wanted to bounce back strong here tonight. My heat race went well, I felt like my speed was good. Then I got a bad start in the main and I just couldn’t pull it together. We have this week off so I know we’ll be ready for San Diego. It’s one of my favorite places to race, so I’m excited.”
“I was really bummed for my team,” said Travis Baker. “Everybody works so hard to get us ready, it’s just a bummer I couldn’t race. But my hand is not too bad, we’ll get it fixed up and I will be back out there soon.”
Anaheim 2 Supercross once again commemorated Breast Cancer Awareness, and to show their support Cole Seely and Travis Baker both wore custom pink TLD gear, helmets and boots; all of which will be up for auction with proceeds benefiting the Keep-A-Breast Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Auction information to be announced.
The AMA Supercross West Coast Lites Championship resumes February 19th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Catch the event Live on Speed TV at 10:30pm EST.
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