Australian Chad Reed is invigorated and ready to attack at this weekend’s penultimate round of the AMA Supercross Championships.
A rare break from proceedings in a taxing season schedule has allowed Honda’s Reed the chance to relax and recharge his batteries before this weekend’s penultimate round at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.
The TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing team leader relished the chance to spend time with his young family before readying for two consecutive weekends of intense racing, starting in Utah on Saturday night.
Already a two-time AMA/World Supercross Champion, Reed enters the event placed second in a tightly-contested points battle – just 9 points separate 1st from 4th.
“I’ve really enjoyed the time off and have been able spend time with Ellie and Tate which is very important to me,” said Reed. “It has been an incredible year and they’ve been with me in the pits when possible or back home cheering me on.
“It’s down to the business end now and we’re right in the hunt. I’m excited to be part of the battle, without a doubt it’s been the most entertaining season for years.
“I’m going out there to make every lap count. I’m confident I’ve got the experience at this end of the season to challenge for TwoTwo Motorsports’ first title.”
The gallant efforts of Reed and his TwoTwo Motorsports’ outfit have been recognised by American Honda, who will be lending factory support to the Aussie for the final two rounds as its regular riders, Trey Canard and Josh Grant, sit injured on the sidelines.
“I’m pumped to know that American Honda have full confidence in me and my team’s campaign to win the title,” added Reed.
“The championship is still wide open and every ounce of Honda’s assistance is valuable and appreciated.”
American Honda Racing Team manager Erik Kehoe credited TwoTwo Motorsports for its ‘awesome’ efforts.
“Chad has done a great job putting together a highly talented team to support his 2011 racing efforts.
“We would love to see Chad win the Supercross title in his first season on a Honda.”
The all-time AMA Supercross podium leader, Reed is just 6 points off leader Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki).
The gap back to 2010 champion Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) is just a point, with Reed’s nemesis James Stewart (Yamaha) a further two points adrift.
Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 293
2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda, 287
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 286
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 284
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 255
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 196
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 187
8. David Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 156
9. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 141
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 134
© Main photo above by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
Secondary photo supplied by Reed PR.