Team Muscle Milk Honda will gain a new rider on Saturday night in Indianapolis, but they will also lose another. While Cole Seely will ride the team’s Honda CRF450R starting in Indy and concluding in round 11 in Detroit, the team also announced today that Justin Barcia will sit out the Indy round “due to his injuries” from his crash last weekend in Atlanta.

Seely, who is currently second in the 250 West Supercross Series on his

Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil-backed Honda, will compete for a third time on the team after having previously filled in for Josh Grant in 2011 and for Trey Canard in 2012. Seely is currently four points behind 250 West Series points leader Jason Anderson.

“Cole has proven multiple times that he has what it takes to run in the Supercross class, so we are looking forward to having him join our team while the West 250SX class is on their mid-season break,” said Team Honda Muscle Milk manager Dan Betley. “His focus and determination makes him a good fit for the team. I want to thank everyone at the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team and all their sponsors for allowing Cole another opportunity to race a factory Honda in the Supercross class.”

Barcia, the team says, will return to action at the Daytona Supercross on March 8.

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