AMA Supercross’ return to Minneapolis, Minnesota after a three-year hiatus with Cole Seely finishing in fifth despite a mishap early in the main event.
When the gate dropped, Seely edged out the competition, scoring the holeshot and taking the early lead. Before the completion of the opening lap, however, Seely tucked the front end in a turn causing him to go down. Sitting in 10th, Seely put his head down and began maneuvering through the field, eventually taking the checkered in fifth, respectively.
Cole Seely: “Today was a little bit of a struggle for me. I had a really hard time finding my groove all day, starting with practice and even throughout the night. I ended up fourth in practice, which is really good considering how I felt.
“In my heat, I had an incident with Marvin [Musquin] where we got together and went down in the second turn. I got up and just fought my way forward to try and get a better gate pick for the semi. The only positives I can take away from having to go to the semi is just getting a chance to learn the track more and see the way it’s breaking down throughout the night.
“In the main event, I had 11th gate pick so we assessed it and tried to come up with a game plan back at the truck so I’d know mentally kind of where I’d be. I actually ended up three outside of the box, which is way more outside than I expected to be. I ended up pulling a holeshot from there so that was huge and I was so stoked, hyping myself up in my helmet.
“I was glad to turn a rough day around with a good start, but as luck would have it I went down on the first lap. I got up and was about tenth, made some quick passes then worked my way into fifth by about the halfway point. With the way the whole day went, all the hurdles I feel like I had to overcome, and how I felt being so off, coming away with fifth is still a positive for me. I’m going to try and take the positives from this weekend, learn from the negatives and put them in the past.”