After trying to ride practice at the 2019 Detroit SX, HRC / Honda’s Cole Seely pulled out of the race with an injury. “Cole Seely was sidelined after taking a rock to his sternum during the day’s first qualifying session,” the HRC Team said in a statement released today. “The Californian attempted to participate in the second practice but was in too much pain, and he sat out the night show as a result.”

This is a tough deal for the Californian who was just starting to feel good after returning from a very serious injury in 2018. Cole made a huge breakthrough last weekend in Arlington with a heat race win. It sounds like the #14 could be ready to return as soon as next weekend in Atlanta. “I’m really bummed I couldn’t race tonight, especially because I was feeling so strong and fast during practice,” Cole said in a PR sent out today. “While laying down my fastest time, I got hit by a pretty big rock right in my sternum, which knocked the wind out of me. I tried to ride the second session but the pain was too much and I wasn’t able to hang on. I hate having to make the call to race or not because obviously, the racer in me wants to be on the line, but I also didn’t want to risk further injury since I barely had the strength to get around the track for one lap. I’m going to do everything I can this week to make sure I’m ready to go for Atlanta.”


Dan Lamb is a 12+ year journalist and the owner of MotoXAddicts.