News 17 Jan 2014

Racing to potential key for Reed at Anaheim 2

Experienced two-time champion focused on reaching top form.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Discount Tire Racing’s Chad Reed will look to return to the podium when the Monster Energy Supercross season resumes at Anaheim 2 this Saturday, insisting he’s not yet reached his full potential in 2014.

Reed was a consistent third at Anaheim’s season-opening round two weeks ago, but felt he let his chances of victory slip away in a drama-packed race after riding tight in the main event.

Last weekend at Phoenix the 31-year-old suffered from a bad start in the final, only able to climb to ninth in a frustrating performance for the two-time series champion.

Following a positive off-season of testing that saw Reed switch from Honda to Kawasaki in the rebranded TwoTwo Motorsports team, he hasn’t made any set-up changes entering A2 and instead hopes to reclaim the form he felt during testing.

“I really haven’t felt like I have ridden to my full potential in the opening two rounds,” Reed explained. “I rode tight at A1 and got a bad start in the main at Phoenix. I came back through to ninth, but really struggled to find a rhythm.

“We head back to Anaheim this weekend, I have been working on my starts and really want to try and bring my pre-season form to the race.

“The bike is great. We are not going to do anymore testing before A2 it is just a matter of me riding to my potential on the weekend.”

Reed currently sits fifth in the 450SX championship after two of 17 rounds, 11 points in arrears of three-time defending series champion Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki).