Perhaps a few more laps would have been good for Chad Reed.
The Kawasaki ace ran out of laps to make good his attack on eventual winner Dan Reardon (Honda) at the third round of Super X at Perth’s Burswood Dome.
Reed had set the early pace as he has all season long, establishing himself as the one to beat aboard the KX450F.
He entered the round robin format brimming with confidence and easily won all three heats, giving him the advantage of first gate pick for the 10-lap final.
A slow start saw Reed buried mid-pack and faced with the challenge of fighting back over just 10 laps.
He executed a series of textbook passes and was closing in on leader Reardon before meeting with the chequered flag earlier than expected.
Second place for the round hands Reed 22 points and sees him slip to second in the race for Open class honours.
“It was a good night and was entertaining for the fans who came out to see it,” said Reed (pictured above). “The bike was awesome and I felt like I was riding pretty well.”
“This format placed extra emphasis on the start, unfortunately I didn’t get away well enough and wasted a lot of time coming back through the field.
“I closed right up on Daniel (Reardon) but ran out of time to make a pass, I felt sure there was a lap or two left!”
“He put in a great effort and should be congratulated on a really good ride tonight.”
Reed is 2 points shy of Reardon on the standings – 69 points versus 67.
The next round of Super X will be held on Saturday November 7 at Canberra Stadium.
Kiwi fans will be able to enjoy the racing this year. The sixth round of seven is set for Waikato Stadium, in Hamilton, on November 21.
Super X Open Championship round 3:
Top 10 results – Monster Energy Super X Quad Challenge final:
1 Daniel REARDON, Honda, 25 Points
2 Chad REED, Kawasaki, 22
3 Jay MARMONT, Yamaha, 20
4 Cheyne BOYD, Yamaha, 18
5 Tye SIMMONDS, KTM, 16
6 Daniel McCOY, 15
7 Cody MACKIE, Kawasaki, 14
8 Robbie MARSHALL, Yamaha, 13
9 Troy CARROL, Kawasaki, 12
10 Cameron TAYLOR, Suzuki, 11
Top Ten Results – Lites Double Header Final:
1 Matt MOSS, Suzuki, 25 Points
2 Lawson BOPPING, Suzuki, 22
3 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Yamaha, 20
4 Wade THOMPSON, Honda, 18
5 Adam MONEA, Suzuki, 16
6 Brendan HARRISON, Yamaha, 15
7 Lewis WOODS, Kawasaki, 14
8 Josh CACHIA, Yamaha, 13
9 Kirk GIBBS, Yamaha, 12
10 Danny ANDERSON, KTM, 11
Monster Energy Super X OPEN championship standings:
1 Dan REARDON, Honda, 69 Points
2 Chad REED, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 67
3 Jay MARMONT, Yamaha, 63
4 Tye SIMMONDS, KTM, 52
5 Cheyne BOYD, Yamaha, 48
6 Cody MACKIE, Kawasaki, 44
7 Daniel McCOY, KTM, 40
8 Cameron TAYLOR, Suzuki, 36
9 Craig ANDERSON, Kawasaki, 36
10 Troy CARROLL, Kawasaki, 31
Monster Energy Super X 250cc championship standings:
1 Matt MOSS, Suzuki, 75 Points
2 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Yamaha, 60
3 Lawson BOPPING, Suzuki, 58
4 Ryan MARMONT, Yamaha, 53
5 Adam MONEA, Suzuki, 44
6 Brendan HARRISON, Yamaha, 43
7 Kirk GIBBS, Yamaha, 43
8 Lewis WOODS, Kawasaki, 35
9 Danny ANDERSON, KTM, 32
10 Mitch AUSTIN, KTM, 32
Photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com