Cole Seely MX Crash & Surgery Update
While practicing June 28 at Southern California’s Pala Raceway for the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely crashed.
During the wreck, the Honda CRF450R pilot injured his right hand. Seely was taken to the Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., where Dr. Nicholas Rose “performed an open reduction internal fixation of Seely’s pinky finger, inserting a plate and four screws.” Due to recovery time, Seely will miss the remainder of the 2016 Motocross.
The crash was following Seely’s impressive 3-6 performance at the Red Bull Tennessee National. After five of 12 rounds, Seely, who scored two third-place finishes so far, was third overall in points behind Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac (196) and Suzuki’s Ken Roczen (243).
Following the surgery, Seely said “I’m extremely bummed. I was starting to find a good rhythm and really had my sights set on getting my first overall podium and win in the 450 class, so needless to say, to have my season end with a broken pinky is disappointing. Although I can’t ride, I’m going to continue to train and start focusing on next season.”
“It’s really unfortunate to see Cole’s season end this way,” said Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley. “He has been gaining a lot of momentum through the opening rounds and was continuing to build himself into a great outdoor rider, so we’re all very disappointed. The fracture to his hand was pretty severe, so he was left with no choice but to get it fixed. The entire team and everyone at Honda wishes him a speedy recovery, and we know he’ll do everything he can to get back on the bike as soon as possible.”
Seely’s hand is in a splint, and he will visit the doctor in seven days to determine if a cast is needed, Honda HRC reports.