• AMA SuperCross 2017 Review

    Roczen Wins First Two Rounds, Seely Injured and Finishes Season 7th Replacement Rider Martin Debuts with 2nd Place Finish


    New Team Rider Roczen won the first two rounds, but retired from Round 3 onwards due to injury. Seely persevered his injuries in the late stages to finish the season 7th. Roczen’s replacement, Martin demonstrated the bike’s potential by finishing 2nd in his premier class debut in Round 10, Daytona.



Machine - CRF450R


CRF450R
CRF450R

Technical Specification

Engine Type 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x Stroke 96.0mm x 62.1mm
Compression ratio 13.5:1
Valve Train Unicam OHC, four-valve; 10.0mm intake, steel; 8.8mm exhaust, steel
Induction Programmed fuel-injection system (PGM-FI); 46mm throttle bore
Ignition Full transistorized ignition
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed
Final drive #520 chain; 13T/49T
Front Suspension 49mm fully adjustable leading-axle inverted telescopic Showa coil-spring fork; 12.0 in. travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link swingarm system; fully adjustable Showa single shock; 12.4 in. travel
Front Brake Single 260mm hydraulic disc
Rear Brake Single 260mm hydraulic disc
Front Tire Dunlop Geomax AT81 80/100-21 with tube
Rear Tire Dunlop Geomax AT81 120/80-19 with tube
Wheelbase 58.3 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 27° 22’
Trail 116mm (4.6 inches)
Seat Height 37.8 inches
Ground Clearance 12.9 inches
Fuel Capacity 1.6 gallons
Color Red
Curb Weight 248 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride)

Riders


Team Honda HRC

#14 Cole Seely

Nationality : U.S.A.

#14 Cole Seely

#94 Ken Roczen

Nationality : Germany

#94 Ken Roczen

Races


Round 01: Anaheim I

January 7

Roczen Dominates Anaheim Season-opener Celebrates First Race with Honda with a Win

Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely and new team rider Ken Roczen kick off the 2017 season, with Roczen dominating the season-opener from the start and finishing by an impressive 16 second margin.

  • 1.Ken Roczen(Honda)
  • 2.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 3.Marvin Musquin(KTM)
Round 14: Aragon

Round 02: San Diego I

Round 02: San Diego I

January 14

Roczen Wins Again, Exhibiting a Different Winning Pattern

Despite relinquishing the lead to Ryan Dungey (KTM) mid-race, Roczen is back ahead after an impressive overtake on the inside at the hairpin, giving him a well-earned second win.

  • 1.Ken Roczen(Honda)
  • 2.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 3.Marvin Musquin(KTM)

Round 03: Anaheim II

January 21

First Podium Finish for Seely, Roczen Retires After Crash, Misses Remaining Season

Seely, whose riding seemed somewhat stiff in the first two rounds, won his first race of the season. Roczen fell, causing multipe left forearm fractures, and dislocated elbow and wrist, ending his season.

  • 1.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 2.Marvin Musquin(KTM)
  • 3.Cole Seely(Honda)
Round 06:     Italy (Jun4)

Round 04: Phoenix

Round 05: France

January 28

Phenix Stadium the Venue for the Second Year Running Seely Finishes 4th, Defends 4th Place Standing

For the first time this season, the daytime practice session was on schedule in the Phoenix round. Seely is off to a solid start and defends his 2nd place, but is overtaken mid-race and finishes 4th.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Chad Reed(Yamaha)
  • 3.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 4.Cole Seely(Honda)

Round 05: Oakland

February 4,

Seely Overcomes Harsh Conditions to Finish 5th at Oakland
Moves Up To 4th Overall, 1 Point Behind Third

Seely finished the opening lap 5th and gradually oves up to 3rd, but with debris tangled in his rear brake, is unable to maintain the pace and rides a lonely 5th in the closing stages, which he maintains until the end.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 3.Cooper Webb(Yamaha)
  • 5.Cole Seely(Honda)
Round 06:     Italy (Jun4)

Round 06: Arlington

Round 09: Germany

February 11,

Seely Secures Best Finish of Season in Arlington: 2nd Place Finish, Moves Up to 3rd Overall

The race was red-flagged on Lap 1 as riders fell at the holeshot line at Turn 2. After the restart, Seely had climbed up to 2nd, in which position he stayed until the end, as the gap with the leader was insurmountable.

  • 1.Marvin Musquin(KTM)
  • 2.Cole Seely(Honda)
  • 3.Jason Anderson(Husqvarna)
  • 12.Vince Friese(Honda)

Round 07: Minneapolis

February 18

Seely 5th in Minneapolis Survival Race, Now 4th Overall

Seely takes the holeshot and the lead, but slips on the opening lap. His crash costs him places, down to 10th. He makes a comeback but finishes the race 5th.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(BIKE)
  • 2.Marvin Musquin(Kawasaki)
  • 3.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 5.Cole Seely(Honda)
Round 06:     Italy (Jun4)

Round 08: Atlanta

Round 01:     Catalunya (Jun11)

February 25

Seely Struggles on Rough Track But Finishes 6th, Defends 4th Place Overall

Seely maintained 3rd position until mid-race when he lost control and fell on a surface rough with more and more concrete exposed from under the dirt as the race progressed. He finished 6th.

  • 1.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 2.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 3.Blake Baggett(KTM)
  • 6.Cole Seely(Honda)

Round 09: Toronto

March 4

Seely Overcomes Crowded Battle in Chasing Group In Season’s Only Round in Canada

Seely ended the first lap 7th in Toronto, the only round outside of the US, and despite pushing hard, he was unable to break away from the chasing group, and finished 6th.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 3.Broc Tickle(Suzuki)
  • 6.Cole Seely(Honda)
Round 08: Netherlands (Jun25)

Round 10: Daytona

Round 09: Germany

March 11

Martin Finishes Strong 2nd in Debut Round, Seely’s 5th Improves Overall Standing to 3rd

Martin, competing in the 250SX West, leads the Daytona round until mid-race, and finishes his SX debut with a 2nd place. Regular team rider Seely rides a solid race to finish 5th, improving his overall position to 3rd.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Jeremy Martin(Honda)
  • 3.Jason Anderson(Husqvarna)
  • 5.Cole Seely(Honda)

Round 11: Indianapolis

March 18

Seely Fights Lonely Battle at Indianapolis Finishes Longest 27-lap Race of the Season in 5th

The Indianapolis track takes 46 to 47 seconds to lap, making the 20 minute + 1 lap race around 27 laps, the longest of the season. Seely attacks the track with zest, but ends up on his own as the track gradually deteriorates and back markers begin to block his path. Seely finishes his lonely race 5th.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Marvin Musquin(KTM)
  • 3.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 5.Cole Seely(Honda)
Round 12:  Great Britain (Aug27)

Round 12: Detroit

Round 11:     Austria (Aug13)

March 25

Seely Caught Up In Crash Finishes in Top 10

Seely, fastest in qualifying, is caught up in a crash on Turn 1, and is 17 places down. He manages to recover some places, and finishes 10th.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Marvin Musquin(KTM)
  • 3.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 10.Cole Seely(Honda)

Round 13: St Louis

April 1

Seely 6th From Back of the Pack Maintains 4th Place Overall

Seely starts off well in St. Louis entering Turn 1 in the lead, but gradually lost pace in the turns, and ended Lap 1 back in 12th. He then gradually rocevered ground to finish 6th.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 3.Marvin Musquin(KTM)
  • 6.Cole Seely(Honda)
Round 14: Aragon

Round 14: Seattle

Round 11:     Austria (Aug13)

April 8

Seely Sidelined in Seattle Still Keeps 4th Overall

During the practice session, Seely aggravated a groin injury from the previous week, and stopped. As there was a chance he had pulled an adductor muscle, he decided to sit out the round.

  • 1.Marvin Musquin(BIKE)
  • 2.Eli Tomac(KTM)
  • 3.Jason Anderson(Kawasaki)
  • 15.Justin Brayton(Honda)

Round 15: Salt Lake City

April 22

Craig Replaces Steely for Utah Rides CRF450R To 11th

Christian Craig filled in for injured Seely for the Utah round. Despite starting 18th, Craig climbs up to 11th, which he maintains until the end as the fastest Honda contestant.

  • 1.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 2.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 3.Jason Anderson(Husqvarna)
  • 11.Christian Craig(Honda)
Round 10: Czech

Round 16: New Jersey

Round 13: San marino

April 29

Round 13: San Marino

Seely Returns to Finish Semi-final On Top DNF for New Jersey Main Race

Seely, absent in Utah to mend his pulled adductor muscle, returned in the New Jersey round. Although he qualified in the lead, he aggravated his groin injury, and retired from the main race.

  • 1.Ryan Dungey(KTM)
  • 2.Marvin Musquin(KTM)
  • 3.Jason Anderson(Husqvarna)
  • 6.Justin Brayton(Honda)

Round 17: Las Vegas

Last of Three Consecutive Race Weekends in the Rain,  Marquez Finishes 4th, Title Victory Has to Wait

May 6

Craig Races in Second 450SX Class Round This Season Absent Seely Finishes Season 7th

Craig filled in for injured Seely to race for Team Honda HRC for the second time this season. Although he was 17th at the start, Craig regained places to finish 11th. Seely had cancelled his appearance in the final round, as he had aggravated his groin injury.

  • 1.Jason Anderson(Husqvarna)
  • 2.Eli Tomac(Kawasaki)
  • 3.Joshua Grant(Kawasaki)
  • 9.Justin Brayton(Honda)

Ranking


Rider

Pos. No. Name (Team) Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1 1 Ryan Dungey (KTM) 359 22 22 25 20 22 18 20 25 22 18 20 20 22 18 22 25 18
2 3 Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 354 16 15 13 25 25 6 25 22 25 25 25 25 25 22 25 13 22
3 25 Marvin Musquin (KTM) 293 20 20 22 12 12 25 22 16 8 6 22 22 20 25 18 22 1
4 21 Jason Anderson (Husqvarna) 273 18 18 0 11 18 20 18 18 2 20 12 15 18 20 20 20 25
5 18 David Millsaps (KTM) 221 14 13 12 16 15 13 15   14 9 15 16 8 16 14 18 13
7 14 Cole Seely (Honda) 212 15 16 20 18 16 22 16 15 15 16 16 11 15     1  
12 10 Justin Brayton (Honda) 147 6 4 8 15 9 1   13 11 12 9 7 11 6 8 15 12
16 61 Vince Friese (Honda) 84 4 6 5 5 7 9 6 8 5 2 4 5 3 5 4   6
19 800 Mike Alessi (Honda) 59 1     6 6 8 11 9 4 11 2 1          
20 94 Ken Roczen (Honda) 51 25 25 1                            
24 6 Jeremy Martin (Honda)                                    
25 48 Christian Craig (Honda) 20                             10   10
27 80 Cade Clason (Honda) 15   1 0   2 1 2 0   0     0 4   5  
30 11 Kyle Chisholm (Honda) 11               0 3 3 1 2 2        
32 722 Adam Enticknap (Honda) 10   0 1   1   1   1   1   0 0 2   3
41 40 Fredrik Noren (Honda) 2   2                              
43 240 Bryce Stewart (Honda) 1               0 0   0       0 1  
44 291 Kyle White (Honda) 1   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1