On August 1, 2019, Cole Seely announced his retirement from racing at the age of 29 following 11 years of professional competition. Seely had turned pro in 2009 and soon made his was up to the 250SX Lites class, where he took five wins and also finished second in the 2014 250SX Western Regional Championship.
Seely followed that up with an impressive third place ranking in the 2015 450SX season in his rookie year. He also took his only career 450SX win in 2015 at the Houston Supercross. While 2015 was the only year Seely found himself lining up for all 17 450SX races, he still demonstrated great skill racing against the best of the best in the 450SX class throughout his career. Seely made it onto the podium 13 times and placed in the top 5 in 31 out of his 79 starts (39 percent of the time).
Here are just a few of the many highlights of Seely’s professional career:
2011 - Los Angeles - West Lites
Cole Seely’s first 250 win came at Los Angeles in 2011. It was just the third race of the season and was a dominant victory for Seely. To pull it off, he had to outperform the likes of Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac and eventual season champion Broc Tickle (race starts at 4:45 in the following video).
2012 - Anaheim 1 - West Lites
Anaheim 1 is the race to win. Not only in the 450 class, but in the 250 class well. It’s the way to grab the attention of the team owners and establish yourself as a future star of the sport. Seely was able to do that in 2012 when he took the checkered flag in first place to open the season.
2015 - Houston - 450SX
Ryan Dungey clinched his second 450SX championship at the 2015 Houston Supercross, but he wasn’t the only one who left the stadium that day with a reason to celebrate. Cole Seely, riding for Factory Honda in his rookie 450SX season, had got away well and soon found himself leading. Seely put it all together and crossed the line first to take his 450SX win.
All of us at Monster Energy Supercross would like to congratulate Cole Seely on his retirement and we wish him the best in his future endeavors!