It’s every motocross rider’s dream to someday land a full-factory ride in the premier 450 class, and that dream has recently come true for Red Bull-backed TLD/Honda’s Cole Seely.
With American Honda’s Josh Grant sidelined due to a knee injury, Seely got the call from Honda team manager Erik Kehoe to fill in for the injured rider while the West Coast Lites series that Cole is contracted to compete in is on hiatus.
With just over six weeks before the West Coast Lites series returns to action in Seattle, Seely may compete in as many as five events aboard the potent factory Honda CRF450R.
“When Erik [Kehoe] called and asked if I wanted to ride Josh’s bike, my heart almost jumped out of my chest,” Seely commented. “This is a dream come true to ride a factory Honda in the 450 class, and I feel really fortunate to have the opportunity.”
After catching his breath, Seely confirmed with TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda Team Manager Tyler Keefe, as well as Troy Lee himself, that he had their blessing to go racing on the 450, and before he knew it he was testing the bike just a couple of short days later.
Riding along side Trey Canard at the American Honda test track, Cole immediately felt at home aboard the CRF450R, and can’t wait for the Indianapolis Supercross on March 12 where he plans to make his debut.
In related news, the Red Bull-supported TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda squad just announced that they’ve re-signed Seely to a multi-year deal that will extend through 2013, effectively locking him in for the remainder of his Lites career.
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