Chad Reed wins in St Louis
Suzuki’s Chad Reed wins in St.Louis
Reed racks up 3rd win for 2009
Suzuki’s Chad Reed recorded his third AMA Supercross win of the 2009 season at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome tonight, greeting the chequered flag by a solid margin of almost 5 seconds.
He was consistently fast in practice and qualifying, finding a rhythm early and only requiring a few minor tweaks to reach a suitable setup for the 20-lap final. Reed made a steady start, cementing himself in the top 3 as the jostle for positions ensued. He made his way into the lead on lap 3, but was passed by championship rival James Stewart a lap later.
The pair then sparred for the remainder of the race, with Reed close on his rival’s tail but forced to negotiate his way around various lapped riders in the latter stages. Stewart made another mistake on lap 15 and Reed seized the opportunity to take back control of the race, which he maintained until the wave of the chequered flag.
The result sees Reed collect another maximum points haul and pull away from second in the chase for the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship title.
“I am stoked,” said Reed. “It all started in practice for me tonight, I felt good, the bike wasn’t the fastest out there but it was consistent which is what is working for me at the moment. “This thing is 20 laps, not 1 lap, its about being there all race long and capitalising where possible, which is what I did. “We raced the bike as we pulled it off the truck, I want to thank the whole team for their commitment, the bike didn’t miss a beat all week. “Our lead is now 11 points, which is good. We’ll take it race by race from hereon in, as we have all season.”
Reed has 271 points next to his name after 12 rounds of competition. As well as three hard-fought wins, the defending champion’s campaign has been built on consistency – he has finished on the podium at every round of the season.
The next round will be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Saturday night.
AMA Supercross Class Results, St. Louis
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
3. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
5. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
8. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
9. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda 1
0. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y.,
Kawasaki AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 271
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 260
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 197
4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 172
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 165
6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahasse, Fla., Honda, 163
7. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 160
8. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 158
9. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 152
10. Josh Hill, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 108