News 15 May 2017

American deal the priority for Reardon again in 2018

Queenslander looks ahead after AMA Supercross finals.

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Australia’s Dan Reardon has his sights set on securing a ride for the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship following a return to the series this year in the West Coast 250SX category.

After finishing seventh overall in the 2017 championship as part of the Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha team, Reardon confirmed that although 2018 talks have taken place, nothing yet is set in stone.

“I know that the team were really happy with how things went, so we have had a conversation about next year, but at this stage it’s pretty early,” Reardon told “I want to go back to America and race over there again and it’s supercross-only – I’m not interested in doing any outdoors.

“If I can do the American and Australian thing that’d be best-suited, that’s what I want to do, so I’m just trying to make that work. I’ve only been back in Australia for three days, but we left on really good terms over there and we definitely spoke about the future, but at this stage nothing is sorted.”

With another AMA Supercross season under his belt in 2017 following an extended hiatus from the US scene, the experienced 31-year-old believes his opportunities will now broaden for 2018.

“It doesn’t just stop with that team either,” he explained “It will be a lot easier for me to get a ride in America on whatever I wanted this time around compared to last year,” he explained. “I hadn’t been in America for six or seven years and I had been retired for three, so it was pretty hard to get my point across that I could still ride a dirt bike pretty decent – this time it’s going to be a lot easier.”

Without a solid timeline set on his racing career, the Queenslander plans to continue this second stage of his career while the enjoyment of supercross competition remains strong: “I’ll keep doing it for as long as I enjoy it, and that’s pretty much what it comes down to. If I enjoy it, things will go well and I’ll be motivated, it’s when I stop enjoying it that things get a little bit tough. So at this stage I still love riding and I still love racing, so I have no idea when I’ll actually hang the boots up and stop.”

Although yet to be confirmed and after exiting CDR Yamaha at the end of last season, the 2015 premier class Australian Supercross Championship winner has been tentatively linked to the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki team for the upcoming 2017 AUS Supercross season.