Chad Reed to lead Aussies at Motocross Des Nations
Chad Reed will live out a childhood dream this weekend when he captains the Australian team at the Motocross des Nations conducted at Budd’s Creek in America.
Chad Reed will live out a childhood dream this weekend when he captains the Australian team at the Motocross des Nations conducted at Budd’s Creek in America. Billed as the ‘Olympics of Motocross’ the event will see the best three riders from each nation do battle against each other in an effort to win the accolade of being the best country in the dirt bike discipline of motocross.
Reed will return to Motocross des Nations this year after injury and contractual obligations restrictions have meant the Yamaha star has been unable to take part in the international event in recent years. The 25 year-old is relishing the opportunity to represent his country whilst leading the team made up of fellow Australian riders Michael Byrne and Andrew McFarlane.
“I think as a kid everybody had a dream of representing their nation in their chosen sport and this weekend I will get the opportunity to experience this once again but this time as the Captain of the Australian team,” Reed said from his home in Florida where the Australian team have been bonding all week. “One of my ambitions for this year was to be available for Motocross des Nations and it was also the reason why I raced my only AMA MX round at Budd’s Creek as it provided me the chance to get familiar with the venue prior to this weekend.”
Reed first put on the green and gold jersey at the Motocross des Nations in 2001 and on debut he took a moto victory. “Australia’s best result at Motocross des Nations was third however I was part of the squad which took victory at the international teams event staged at Glenn Helen in 2002. This year as a team we are focused on returning the Australian flag to the winner’s podium,” Reed said.
Reed will return to Australian soil again in late November to finalise plans for the much anticipated 2008 Australasian Supercross Series. Reed and business partner Mike Porra secured the series rights earlier this year and will launch the new look series later this year with the goal of re establishing Supercross as a mainstream sport.