Cole Seely Joins Factory Honda, WIll Race 450 Class in 2015

Less than 48 hours after the conclusion of the 2014 season, the first domino has officially fallen in this year's carousel of offseason rider and team changes. Cole Seely will join the factory Honda team in 2015 and will contest the 450 Class in both Supercross and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Seely, who had been riding for the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team in the 250 Class, will remain on a Honda and is going to be teamed up with Trey Canard next year. (Justin Barcia will be moving to a new team this offseason.)

After nearly capturing a regional Supercross title, Seely ended the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season a career-best eighth place in 250MX points, collecting 17 top-ten finishes along the way.

Seely is coming off his best outdoor season yet. (Photo: Matt Rice)

For more, check out the press release below from American Honda.

Torrance, Calif.: American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has signed Cole Seely to its factory supercross/motocross team with a multiyear contract. As a member of the Troy Lee Designs Honda satellite squad, Seely this year finished a close second in the AMA Supercross series’ 250 West title chase and also performed well during three appearances as a substitute rider on Team Muscle Milk in the premier class. Now Seely will campaign a Honda CRF450R alongside Trey Canard in the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross championships.

“I’m really excited to be with the Honda team,” Seely said. “We’ve worked together in the past, and we have great chemistry together. It’s my dream team, and it’s nice to officially be a part of it now. I really like the CRF450R too, ever since they introduced the new chassis. The geometry is great, and I think I fit it well. I know what I’m getting into, and I think it’s going to come down to preparation during the pre-season and getting the bike dialed in right for when Anaheim 1 comes around. Fortunately, I have a great group of guys to help with that.”

Seely's best result was a third overall (4-4) at the opening round. (Photo: Matt Rice)

A natural supercross rider with a fluid riding style, Seely has also made progress in the outdoor setting, finishing the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season well inside the top ten in the 250 points for the first time.

“We’re excited to welcome Cole into Honda’s factory team,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “While racing a CRF250R with Troy Lee Designs Honda, he has shown that he is a talented rider, and he performed well at the top level while willingly stepping in to help out our factory team this year. He has a solid base and it’s great that he’ll be staying with Honda as he makes this next important step in his career.”