News 27 Jan 2017

Turning around season the 'highest priority' for Reed

Determined Australian aiming for strong Glendale showing.

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Australian icon Chad Reed has outlined his intentions ahead of this weekend’s fourth round of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and at the top of the list is to ultimately turn his season around.

A clash with JGR Suzuki’s Weston Peick at Anaheim 1’s opener put him out with a mechanical, followed by ninth- and seventh-place results at San Diego and Anaheim 2. The multi-time champion is yet to reach peak form this season.

Although frustrated with his performances to date, the 34-year-old factory Yamaha rider is targeting a form reversal inside University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday – one of few locations he is yet to claim victory at on the supercross schedule.

“The start of this supercross season has been very frustrating for me,” Reed reflected. “And now we’re heading to one of only a few stadiums where I’ve never won, but I’m as excited as ever to change all that.”

Claiming a sixth-place finish in Phoenix one year ago, the ever-determined Aussie admits his sole focus is still set upon landing himself on the top spot of the podium: “Getting my season back on track is my highest priority and, even though I haven’t won in Phoenix, it has always been a solid race weekend for me and I’m definitely hungry for a win!”

Still in the early stages of the championship, Reed currently sits 11th overall in the premier class points-chase, nine points behind teammate and 450SX rookie, Cooper Webb.