News 18 Oct 2016

Supercross title defence not done yet for Reardon

Defending champion rules out injury concerns.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

CDR Yamaha’s Dan Reardon isn’t calling an end to his title defence after enduring a challenging and difficult night at Toowoomba’s second round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship.

The popular Queenslander was put a lap down after taking a heavy hit at the end of the whoop which claimed more than a few riders throughout the night, although he remounted and continued the race in an effort to salvage points.

Reardon currently sits fourth in the championship standings, 20 points behind series leader Justin Brayton (Honda Genuine Racing). He is remaining adamant that the championship is still achievable despite Friday night’s setback.

“When something like that happens, you’re always jeopardising something,” Reardon explained to “The chance and likelihood becomes less, but it’s not over and it never is. If people knew what I’ve been through over the past six weeks or more, I’ve actually been doing a really good job considering.”

“I’ll hold my chin high, I’m doing everything I can out there. I’ll get better, the timing just hasn’t been perfect, so everything has been as good as it can be. My preparation or the way I handle my races doesn’t change, at the end of the day it’s just points on paper and I’ll continue to get the job done.”

The 2016 Australian supercross champion declared that he is grateful to not suffer any significant injuries from the incident, which has enabled him to continue his charge for the title.

“I ended up hitting my head pretty hard on the face of the berm, so I rung my bell pretty good and it took me a couple of laps to realise what was going on. By that time I was a lap down and just salvaging points.”

“I don’t think there are any injury concerns, I just finished a ride today. We all know what it’s like when you hit your head – it takes a few days to get comfortable again. I’m glad I didn’t hurt myself to a serious extent and I’m able to continue on.”

Reardon entered the series just weeks out of knee surgery, and will now have less than two weeks to regroup prior to Adelaide’s third round of the championship at Wayville Showgrounds.