News 19 Jan 2010

AMA SX: Reed and Stewart speak out after Phoenix chaos

Australia’s Chad Reed and defending AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart have spoken out regarding the incident in Phoenix. Reed is now set to undergo surgery, potentially missing up to seven rounds, while Stewart will fight to claw back Ryan Dungey in the points.

Reed in action at Phoenix before the clash with Stewart.

Reed in action at Phoenix before the clash with Stewart.

Australia’s Chad Reed and defending AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart have spoken out regarding the incident that saw the pair crash out of main event contention in Phoenix last weekend.

Reed and Stewart were racing through the field when their lines came together, causing the pair to go down and setting off a chaotic chain of events between the two most recent world champions.

Reed commented on the move, stating that he was simply trying to put a racing move on Stewart in the battle for championship points.

“I went in on the inside and James was on the outside,” Reed explained. “He turned down really quick to pass a couple of guys and I had nowhere to go. We collided and went down and that’s when I broke my hand.”

It’s been a nightmare start to the 2010 season for Reed, failing to finish both Anaheim 1 and Phoenix in what were his American debuts with the Monster Kawasaki team.

“This season has been difficult – it is hard to put into words how I feel,” he added. “My personal life is great right now, I’m so happy. I’m about to be a dad.

“My professional life is a struggle right now finishing 19th the last two races. I’ve never been in this position before, but I want to get to 100 percent healthy and come back strong.”

It’s expected that Reed will be out for around six weeks, set to undergo surgery on his hand in the U.S. today in order to have a plate inserted – putting an end to any hopes of a third world title this season.

“By now most of you have likely seen, read, or heard about my chaotic night at round number two of the Supercross series in Phoenix,” Stewart wrote in a blog on his official website,

“After a rough start, I found myself battling mid-pack, which ended in a pileup on lap five with Reed,” he explained. “The accident itself was a bummer, but while I was getting up, CR hit me in the back of my head. Needless to say, I was pretty dissatisfied with his decision to do so, especially given the fact that it’s not the first time this has happened.”

The controversy exploded at that point, with Reed being forced out of the race, while Stewart continued on to finish 16th before angrily storming to Reed’s Kawasaki pit area following to main event.

“From there, I simply rode my best to salvage as many points as possible, and then after the race went straight back to the pits to have a chat with Chad about the incident,” Stewart continued. “To say that I was frustrated at this point would be a huge understatement, so I think it was for the best that Chad, nor anyone from his team, could be found at their truck.

“I want to race. That’s why I’m here. So to consistently have to look over my shoulder every time CR gets close has gotten really old. From where I sit, it sure seems like he has repeatedly tried to take me out, which makes me question his agenda,” he concluded.

The series will continue at Anaheim 2 this weekend, where Stewart will have to chase down last weekend’s winner, Rockstar Makita Suzuki rookie Ryan Dungey, in the series points.

Watch the video here pf the incident here and let us know what you think regarding the crash between the pair. Racing incident, or dirty move?