Chad Reed fights back to 2nd
Australian Supercross star Chad Reed has fought back from a shocking start to the Main Event at Round 14 of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Ford Field, Detroit tonight to maintain his impeccable podium performance.
After posting the fifth fastest time in the early afternoon practice Reed’s L&M/San Manuel/Yamaha team made a number of changes to his Yamaha YZ450F before his all important Heat race.
Reed finished the 8-lap Heat a strong second placing behind Championship leader James Stewart and was rewarded with a top five gate pick.
Wheel spin off the start line in the 20-Lap Main Event left the Australian rider to fight back from mid pack, which was no mean feat on the extremely fast Detroit track.
By Lap 8 of the race Reed had worked his way into third place and on Lap 14 he secured second. With only six laps remaining Reed worked hard to close the gap to Championship and race leader James Stewart but ran out of time to challenge for first place.
Admitting that he struggled a bit all weekend Reed said he was happy to come away with his podium record intact.
“I didn’t pick the best gate tonight and spun too much coming off the line which put me way back in the pack,” said Reed.
“Even though I was a bit off tonight it was a really good track to go fast on and I made my moves through Turn 6 which really seemed to work for me.”
“We didn’t give up tonight even when we were looking like missing the podium. I am still pumped and you never-say-never,” Reed commented
Reed, who is currently second in the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Championship with 297 points will compete at the penultimate round of the Series which will be held at the Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington on Saturday 28th April.
Chad Reed and L&M Racing are proudly sponsored by San Manuel, Yamaha, Unbound, Nike, Parts Unlimited, THOR, Bridgestone, AFAM, D.I.D.,VP Fuels, GYTR, Yamalube, One Industries, Pro Taper, White Brothers, OGIO, Amp’d Mobile, Alpinestars, and Scott.
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA SX Series – Round 14 Ford Field, Detroit, MI
1 James Stewart25
2 Chad Reed YAMAHA YZ450F22
3 Tim Ferry20
4 Kevin Windham18
5 Andrew Short16
6 David Vuillemin15
7 Heath Voss14
8 Ivan Tedesco13
9 Paul Carpenter12
10 Jason Thomas11
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA SX Series Standings – After Round 14 of 16
1 James Stewart335
2 Chad Reed – YAMAHA YZ450F297
3 Tim Ferry243
4 Kevin Windham 200
5 Ivan Tedesco 171
6 David Vuillemin169
7 Michael Byrne164
8 Ricky Carmichael160
9 Heath Voss148
10 Paul Carpenter125