Reed looking to close the gap
Reinvigorated after a welcome 3-week break from competition, Australia’s Supercross superstar Chad Reed is looking forward to giving this weekend’s 14th round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Detroit everything he has to offer.
The Australian rider has recently been able to edge closer and closer to the current points leader, American James Stewart, after a long recovery from a massive practice crash in early January. The accident left Reed with massive injuries and the recovery period cost his championship campaign dearly. He was unable to practice or test between rounds or the first 3 months of this year
The 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series, which also incorporates the race for FIM World SX GP honours, is approaching the business end of proceedings, and Reed has emerged as the only rider that is theoretically capable of snatching back the title that he previously won in 2004.
He trails James Stewart by 35 points, and there is a maximum of 75 on offer across the course of the final three rounds.
“It will be good to get back on the bike this weekend and keep trying to make back points on James, it’s a big ask but racing is very unpredictable. All it’s going to take is for James to make one mistake and when he does I’ll be there to make the most of it,” said Reed.
“The bike is working really well, it showed at Texas and we really pushed James for the win there, so I definitely want to go one better and take maximum points.”
The 3-week break was no holiday for Reed, who knows the importance of maintaining a strict training regime.
After fitting in some mandatory rest and relaxation following a hard-fought battle at Texas, he was back on the bike, tearing up the California practice track in an effort to improve both man and machine for the final three rounds of the championship.
“It’s by far the longest break we get during the Supercross season. While it’s easy to kick back, I knew I’d have to keep pushing myself to give us a good shot at Detroit and the following rounds. As a team, we made some great progress over the last two rounds and we need to keep that momentum going.”
“I’m taking it once race at a time, we’ve definitely got the pace to win races and in the end that’s what we need to do to win the championship.”
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA SX Series Standings – After Round 13 of 16
1 James Stewart310
2 Chad Reed – YAMAHA YZ450F275
3 Tim Ferry223
4 Kevin Windham 182
5 Ricky Carmichael 160
6 Ivan Tedesco158
7 Michael Byrne158
8 David Vuillemin154
9 Heath Voss 134
10 Paul Carpenter113