Qualifying for an AMA Supercross main event is a feat that the vast majority of racers will never experience. Finishing on the podium is even more rare, and winning is an act only accomplished by the best of the best in any given year. Enter Cole Seely.
After chasing championship hopefuls around the grueling SX circuit the past couple of years, Seely’s hard work and dedication to perfect his craft finally paid off in Los Angeles on January 22nd, as the likeable California native led wire-to-wire to capture his first-ever Lites Supercross win.
After waiting behind members of the Supercross media who had formed a line to get to Seely just minutes after his breakthrough performance, we sat down with the newly-victorious Red Bull-backed TLD/Honda rider to catch a little bit of that winning buzz.
Cole Seely Quick Facts
- Born March 10, 1990
- Resides in Newbury Park, California
- Started riding at Age 3
- First professional win: L.A. Supercross, January 22, 2011
- Gives the Red Bull-backed TLD/Honda team it’s first-ever victory
- Currently sits 3rd in the 2011 AMA Supercross Series standings
I honestly feel as if I crashed on the first lap, got knocked out, and am still waiting to regain consciousness.
Cole Seely Q&A
Is this the biggest line that’s ever assembled to get to you after a race?
[Laughs] Yeah, it’s like a line at an amusement park right now. We’ve got media all over the place; friends, family, teammates… It’s crazy, but awesome!
You actually seem like you’re in a pretty mellow frame of mind for someone who just won his first-ever Supercross. How are you feeling right now?
I honestly feel as if I crashed on the first lap, got knocked out, and am still waiting to regain consciousness [laughs]. It feels like I’m dreaming still. I don’t know if I’m just tired or what… It’s very overwhelming, but such a great feeling! It’s so awesome for the team, as well, not to mention everyone else who has put effort into me as an amateur and a pro. It feels great.
You’ve been competitive and in the mix the last couple seasons, but tonight was clearly a breakthrough race for you. Does this alter your outlook and confidence as the series moves forward?
Yeah, it definitely does. Like you said, I’ve been right there in the mix the entire time, but just haven’t taken it to the next level. Even as an amateur, I got seconds, thirds - but never won. I think what finally got me here is just being around the right people. I feel blessed to have such a great group of supporters around me, and my mechanic Rich has just been awesome to work with. He puts so much time and effort into me; I can’t thank him enough!
Does the win and newfound confidence affect how you’ll approach things as you prepare for the next round, or is it business as usual?
No, I’m just going to go back and do what I did last week. I’ll put in my laps, put in my starts, and just come out swinging next weekend. I’m definitely not one to get cocky, but this win definitely gives me a lot of confidence, so I’m really looking forward to heading up to Oakland.
You mentioned that you’re in a really good place team-wise. What’s the dynamic like here at TLD/Honda, and how important is that in terms of doing your job?
Troy [Lee] just puts on such a good, fun program. I’ve heard people comment that they’ve never seen a team that’s laughing and smiling as much as we are, and that’s really important to me. We definitely get down to business, but there’s also a huge fun factor with this team, and that’s what I love about it.
You’re now sitting third in points. With a win under your belt, are you thinking championship more now than you were this morning?
I’ve been thinking championship since before the season started. I just want to be a contender, and I obviously am now. I’ve been in the top-five all three rounds, and that’s where I wanted to be. Of course I want to podium, and of course I want to win, but you can’t go too nuts at the beginning of a series. You can’t win the series at A1, but you can definitely lose it. It’s a long season, and I’m very happy with the position that I’m in right now.
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