Chad Reed dominates Perth SuperX
Chad Reed has dominated Round One of the SuperX series in Perth.
Chad Reed has kicked off his Super X campaign in fine style, storming to the chequered flag to take victory by over 25 seconds in the first round at the Perth Motorplex. The World/AMA Supercross champion was in his element on track, marking his first ever Supercross race with new team Suzuki with a win in the 20-lap final.
Reed breezed through today’s initial practice, qualifying and heat events, and maintained the form into the final. A lightning fast start saw him swoop into the first turn with the cream of the local riders but it took little time for Reed to find his feet and surge ahead. The 26-year-old set a blistering pace, and was never headed. His third lap stopped the clock at 53.905s, over a second faster than any other competitor. Reed said he was impressed by the tenacity of the frontrunning competition, but was glad to get the first win on the board by a comfortable margin.
“I was really pumped to get underway, this was the debut Super X race and a lot of people had worked very hard to get this to happen,” said Reed. “The track was tough, the weather made it really complicated, there was wind and rain which made things really brutal, it was probably one of the most technical tracks I’ve ever ridden,” he said. “For me it was important to start the season well and get this win under my belt, it’s all about preparing myself for 2009 and I felt really comfortable here in my first Supercross race with Suzuki.”
“To see such a huge crowd out here cheering for us was great, the series will keep getting bigger and better as we move forward to Adelaide.” A packed schedule sees Reed head back to the US tomorrow to train ahead of the Rockstar Energy US Open in Las Vegas. “It’s a very busy time but I’m doing what I love – I had a great time here in Perth.” The next focus is Vegas, and from here we head back to Adelaide for the second round of Super X.”
Reed sits atop the Super X standings with six rounds remaining, on 25 points.