News 30 Jan 2011

Reed revels in TwoTwo Motorsports' first podium finish

Australia's Chad Reed raced to TwoTwo Motorsports' first podium in Oakland. Image:

Australia's Chad Reed raced to TwoTwo Motorsports' first podium in Oakland. Image:

Australia’s Chad Reed believes that his maiden podium for TwoTwo Motorsports is a preview for bigger things to come after taking second at the Oakland round of the Monster Energy, AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

Reed has taken just four rounds to claim his private team’s first podium, slotting in behind arch-rival James Stewart at Oakland Coliseum after passing defending champion Ryan Dungey in the closing stages of the race.

While many of his competitors fell foul of the unpredictable track during practice, Reed took his time to master the tricky whoops and slick surface and reaped the rewards in his heat race, finishing second.

The Australian, wearing the green and gold as a tribute for Australia Day, got a sensational start in the 20-lap main event and enjoyed some great battles on his way to second overall for the night.

”I am over the moon with tonight’s second place. It was a very close race but we’ve worked for it and we deserve it,” Reed said

“Practice wasn’t so good, it was a bit of a struggle, but my heat race went well and my start in the main was a massive improvement on previous weeks!

“The track and conditions suited both me and the bike, and experience played a huge part in the result. Being calm and patient is the only way to play the game when the track is slick and unpredictable like that.

“Tonight has been hugely rewarding, not only for myself, but also for the guys and girls on the team, and for our sponsors,” he continued

“For me, setting up the team was one of the bigger challenges I have undertaken in my life and tonight was the first podium that I hope will grow into our first win in the not too distant future.

“For my team and sponsors it is somewhat a small return on their hardwork, dedication and commitment. Hopefully they see it as a preview of the success that is to come,” Reed stated.

The next event sees the AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship return to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium next Saturday night.