News 23 Oct 2017

Reed indicates private Husqvarna deal for 2018 campaign

Straight Rhythm ankle injury the main concern for former champion.

Source: Supplied.

Supercross legend Chad Reed has provided the strongest indication yet of his plans for 2018 , stating he’ll pilot a privateer Husqvarna in the upcoming Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

Reed was slated to contest the weekend’s Red Bull Straight Rhythm event aboard a 250 two-stroke, however just minutes into practice he was ruled out with an ankle injury.

The multi-time supercross and motocross champion revealed last week he had been riding aboard multiple manufacturers, however expressed his liking towards the FC 450 premier class machine.

“I’m going to go race a Husky next year,” Reed told in a recent interview. “[I’ll] probably just do it on my own if I’m honest – just go out there and have fun, do it at a lower level than [I have].

“The last one (TwoTwo Motorsports) was almost a $5-million budget, so yeah, not that level. We’ll do right, I believe I’ll have a bike and build a bike that’s competitive. I just want to go out there and have some fun. Right now the concern is trying to get my ankle right, get riding and training and get ready for Anaheim 1.”

Reed is understood to have visited an ankle specialist yesterday morning, with an update on his injury still to be made available. It’s not yet determined if the injury will affect his scheduled appearance at next month’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open in Sydney.