Team Honda HRC has released an update on Cole Seely following his 450 Heat Race crash at the 2018 Tampa Supercross. Seely was running third in the early stages of the qualifying race when he made a mistake in the long rhythm lane and was ejected from the Honda CRF450R. As soon as Seely hit the ground, the rear-end of the motorcycle hit him in the hip and upper leg, which kept him from getting off of the track. Because of his precarious position and the necessary assistance from the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit staff, the race was red flagged and Seely was hauled off of the track on a backboard. Once stabilized, he was taken directly to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
Early word from Honda is that Seely suffered fractures to his tailbone and pelvis, which will require surgery that is set to take place on Saturday evening in Florida. Honda will issue a further update as details become available, likely Monday.
With Seely sidelined, Team Honda HRC has no factory-backed rider in the 450 class, as Ken Roczen is currently overcoming a wrist injury that will have him out for the remainder of the Supercross season.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 26TH 10:10 AM | Team Honda HRC has released an update on Seely following the initial injury. On Saturday evening Seely underwent an initial surgery to realign his pelvis and on Sunday had a second, more extensive procedure to further repair the pelvis with a plate and screws, screws on each side of the sacrum, and serious damage that had occurred to his abdominal wall. The initial prognosis is that Seely will be unable to bear weight on his pelvis for a minimum of eight weeks, with a follow-up appointment to take place in two weeks.
The press release concluded by saying that Team Honda HRC will announce their plans for the upcoming Atlanta Supercross later this week.