News 22 Oct 2017

Reed injured in Red Bull Straight Rhythm practice

Australian to undergo further evaluation on ankle injury.

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Australia’s Chad Reed has been ruled out of the 2017 Red Bull Straight Rhythm event in Pomona, California, after injuring his ankle in practice.

While the full extent of the 35-year-old’s injuries are yet to be determined, Reed has confirmed was hospitalised on Friday evening for initial scans.

“Sometimes things don’t make sense,” Reed stated via social media. “But you just roll with the punches and take the positives from it. The Redbull Straight rhythm on a two-stroke had me so damn excited – I’m so disappointed I’m unable to participate today.”

Reed, who was due to contest the ‘Ken Roczen Two-Stroke Shootout’ on-board a Boost Mobile-branded Yamaha YZ250 dubbed a ‘CR22 250’, made a slight error in practice and sustained the injury. He’s now due for further evaluation to determine the damage.

“I slightly over-jumped into the next transition,” he added. “Nothing un-normal, but my suspension went metal to metal and I hurt my ankle. I’m seeing an ankle specialist this morning, will update when I have more info and a plan of action.”

It’s an untimely turn of events for Reed, who is yet to secure a seat for the 2018 season and is due to travel to Australia for the annual Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney on 11-12 November.