Chad Reed to contest X Games
Chad Reed will be one of the most anticipated appearances at the 2007 X Games 13 in Los Angeles, with the crowd favourite Aussie set to star in dual divisions of the action sports event this weekend.
The 2007 AMA and World Supercross runner-up has enjoyed a relaxing off-season, and is feeling refreshed and ready to go as the world’s best set to go head to head at the Home Depot Centre.
Reed, who took a bronze medal in the Super Moto division in 2005, will be back for his fourth shot at the title, and this year will also compete in the newly-incepted Motocross division, ensuring for a frenetic four days. He is excited at the prospect of the double-duty X Games and knows the quality of the competition will be tough.
“I’m really looking forward to racing again this weekend, my aim is to make the podium in both Super Moto and Motocross. Although we have been doing plenty of testing, I haven’t done any racing since since Budds Creek in June so it will be great to get out there and bang bars again,” said Reed. “It’s a real quality field of riders so the competition will be tough, but I am pumped to be back out there racing against Ricky again,” he said.
“I haven’t ridden much Super Moto recently so even though I’m sure to be a bit rusty in practice, I’ll be up to speed in no time. I’m hoping to repeat my 2005 performance and give some of the regular Super Moto guys a hurry up!”
X Games, televised to millions, pits superstars of various extreme genres against each other in a fun yet ultra-competitive arena. The stadium-style Motocross division deviates from the traditional format, with less laps and more heats, sparking intense and exciting racing. Reed is one of only 16 riders invited to attend, and is looking forward to laying down the challenge, aiming to blast through to the final in a chase for his first X Games Gold. He will be out to breeze through the two round format, which features 4 heats of 4 competitors in round 1 and 2 heats of 6 competitors in round 2. Only 6 competitors will advance to the eventual final.
Twenty competitors will contest this year’s Super Moto division, with only a 30 minute session to decide the seeding for the final. Riders will battle it out across the course of approximately 45 laps in order to decide the eventual winner.
Just a week following the X Games, Reed will head home to Australia in preparation for an evaluation session in the Ford Falcon V8 Supercar of leading outfit TeamVodafone.
He will also spend time with organisers of the new Australasian Supercross Series as he helps to plan and coordinate its introduction in 2008.