A groin injury, of all things! Ouch.
Begin Press Release:
After a short hiatus, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely made a return to action for round 16 of the AMA Supercross series in New Jersey before he was once again sidelined with a painful adductor. In the main event, the Californian got off to a poor start, but by the completion of the first lap he had passed several riders to sit 12th. He continued to mount an impressive charge, moving into sixth on lap 13. Unfortunately, four laps later he cased a rhythm section, ripping his feet off the pegs and aggravating his groin injury. Seely will visit his doctor at home for a prognosis.
THE FOCUS: Gate Selection
Most race fans know that one of the most important parts of any race is the start, and that begins with a good gate selection, which is in turn affected by a rider’s result in daytime and evening qualifying. “Any time you’re in the top three or four, it’s a good thing,” Cole Seely explained. “There are so many variables to picking your gate that everything really has to add up. Winning your heat race or getting second is very big because you have more options in the main event, and obviously the further back you go in finishing position, the fewer options you’ll have.”
Seely pointed out that there’s more to a good gate spot than how far inside or outside it’s located. “When you’re looking at a gate, the first thing we look at is the rut in front of it,” he said. “A lot of times, they can get big holes or a sharp curb that could cause your wheel to go airborne or jump around. Then we look at the rut behind the gate. Usually you want the smoothest, straightest one, with the best dirt possible for traction. When mechanics are kicking and stomping the gate, they’re trying to kick in the sides of the rut to get some fresh dirt in there for more traction.”
I’m frustrated with the way I rode tonight even before the injury, and now to be in the same situation is a huge bummer. I got a terrible start and although I didn’t feel like I was riding well, I had worked my way up to sixth. I felt like I needed to find something on the track to go faster so I tried to go three out at the end of a rhythm section and didn’t make it. I cased it, which ripped my feet off the pegs and hurt my leg again so I couldn’t hold onto the bike. That’s basically how I injured it the first time in St. Louis. Luckily, it didn’t pop again because that would mean it tore again so hopefully it’s not that bad.
I’m bummed for Cole. We’re really hoping that his injury didn’t get worse and tear more, which would be a huge bummer. We’ll just have to take it day by day and see how he feels before he gets back on the bike. The track was really tough but I think Cole was riding well considering his bad start.
I thought Cole had some good moments tonight. He was a little off in his heat and semi but he battled hard each race. For a bad start, I think he rode pretty well in the main event. When he caught and passed [Justin] Barcia, his lap time dropped back down into the 54-second mark, which was decent. Unfortunately, he didn’t feel that good on the track and he couldn’t see the pit board in the mechanics’ area, so he had no idea that each lap he was doing better. Hopefully he’ll be back for Las Vegas but we also need to start prepping for Hangtown because he hasn’t done much outdoor testing. Luckily Andrew [Short] has been helping us develop the bike.