It was just a year ago that Australian Chad Reed took the next and most significant step in his motorsport career by establishing TwoTwo Motorsports.
Born from a desire to race for the love of it, Reed’s outfit grew from the ground up and a small but dedicated staff beat the odds to make it to the start line at Anaheim 1 for the new season of Supercross.
Reed thrived in his new role, relishing the day-to-day decisions challenging him as team owner, and this was reflected in his racing as he fought to finish a commendable second place in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship and third place in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, as well as leading Team Australia to its first-ever podium finish at last week’s Motocross of Nations in France.
The rigour of 365 straight days on and off the track has left Reed in need of a break and time with his young family, thus leaving him to make the difficult decision to withdraw from next month’s Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.
“I wouldn’t change a thing about the last 12 months,” said Reed. “It has been challenging and fulfilling at the same time, and personally, I have re-discovered my love of riding and racing.
“My decision to withdraw from the Monster Energy Cup certainly wasn’t an easy one. It is a unique concept and shaping up to be a fantastic event, but I felt it would not do justice to my fans and sponsors simply to show up if I was unprepared.
“Living and breathing 24 hours a day as a racer and team owner has meant I’ve not had as much time for my family as I have wanted, and it’s very important to me that I have a break before re-focusing on 2012 and going one better in Supercross,” he stated.
In addition to Reed’s racing and management role, he has dedicated considerable time and effort to his biography ‘My Way’, and was recognised earlier this year by the Governor General of Australia with a Member of the Order of Australia medal.
Meanwhile, one rider who will be a surprise entry at the Las Vegas event is New Zealand’s Ben Townley.
The Kawasaki ace from Taupo, on the sideline for much of the season thus far but now ready to race again, will line up for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.
A press release from the Townley camp earlier this week revealed this news but, not content just to regurgitate PR, BikesportNZ.com will shortly bring you the exclusive full story on this development.
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