News 17 Nov 2016

Reardon still assessing supercross-only options overseas

Currently exploring opportunities in the US and UK for 2017.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Multi-time Australian supercross champion Dan Reardon will fly-out to the USA next week as he continues to assess his supercross-only options overseas.

Reardon explained to that he is still working on deals to race at the beginning of 2017, and while racing in the US is his preference, contesting events in the UK is not off the cards.

“There’s things that I’m working on right now,” said Reardon. “There’s deals in the UK, and I’m heading to the states next week to see if we can make something happen over there. It’s still happening, I’m just trying very hard to make it happen. Hopefully in a week’s time we’ll know where I’m at.

“Since retiring and deciding to come back, one of my major goals is to be back over in America racing – that’s what I want to try and achieve. If that doesn’t happen, or that doesn’t happen right now, I don’t want be sitting on my hands at the beginning of next year – I want to continue to race.

“Because I’m not doing motocross, it opens that door up to other supercross races, whether that’s a one-off race or an entire series,” he continued. “At this stage, there are a couple of options, I’m just trying to figure out which will be the best one for me.”

After claiming the title in 2015, a knee injury sustained prior to this year’s championship saw Reardon forced to catch up on preparation throughout the series, which resulted in him being credited third in the standings without a win to his name. The 30-year-old downplayed any concerns that the injury will affect his plans in the near future.

“My knee isn’t going to affect any future plans, I just didn’t have the time – [in] supercross we were behind from the start – I knew that, and everyone one in my corner knew that,” he shared. “I could be positive at the track and say whatever, but realistically, I didn’t have time or preparation. I was just doing the best job with the time that I had. My speed was good, but I just wasn’t 100 percent fit.

“Every race I got stronger and stronger – everytime I was on the bike I felt better. It was just a timing thing – time was against me. It is what it is, and that’s not taking anything away from the guys that did ride well in the series, but from my perspective on where I was and how I felt, I just wasn’t ready enough. Even with a week off, everything seems to jump and leap that little bit further – my knee definitely isn’t going to be a hinderance for next year.”

After two seasons with CDR Yamaha since coming out of retirement in 2015, Reardon is yet to sign with a domestic outfit for the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship.