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Seely for Team USA?

With the countdown for the announcement for Team USA this weekend, many rumours are spreading around in both America and Europe. Of course Zach Osborne is in the line-up, that is a given, but the other two riders are question marks. With Eli Tomac not willing to go, and Jason Anderson and Blake Baggett injured, the weigh on the shoulders of team manager Roger De Coster must be huge, as he tries to find a rider who can give him what he needs at Matterley Basin.

Will the team be Osborne, Cole Seely, Thomas Covington, Cooper Webb, or Joey Savatgy. The strongest rumour we are hearing from our guy in America is that Seely is in, with the third riders a bit of a secret. If I had to guess it will be a nice surprise for the GP followers, and lets leave it at that.

Seely’s road to a successful racing career and a ride with the factory Honda team was a little unconventional compared to most of his competition. Seely was never an amateur standout and even quit racing for a brief period at age 16, but his passion for racing brought him back. His pure talent and his background as an amateur BMX racer prepared him well for when he turned pro in 2009 and signed with the Troy Lee Designs Honda team for the following season.

In 2011, Seely tallied a pair of supercross victories, both in the 250 West class. He added another win to his belt the following year and also put in four supercross appearances as a substitute rider aboard the injured Trey Canard’s CRF450R. Seely had another successful 250SX campaign in 2013, riding to third place in the series points standings.

The 2014 season is when the Californian came into his own, notching a pair of 250SX West wins and challenging for the class title up until the final round, before eventually settling for second. In addition, while subbing for the factory Honda team at three supercross rounds, Seely scored a podium finish in the premier 450 class, finishing second at Indianapolis.

This year he is one of the top five American riders, and will give Team USA a strong chance of victory if selected.