News 17 Aug 2018

Reed 'disappointed' to miss out on Team Australia MXoN selection

Multi-time Team Australia representative address non-selection.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Australian motocross and supercross legend Chad Reed has expressed his disappointment in being left out of the three-man squad for Team Australia’s Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) entry at RedBud in the USA this year.

Motorcycling Australia revealed yesterday that Hunter Lawrence (114 Motorsport Honda), Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing Team) and Mitch Evans (Raceline Pirelli KTM) would complete the line-up in a bid to challenge for the Chamberlain Trophy.

AMA Supercross regular Reed, a Team Australia representative on numerous occasions, has been vocal about making this year’s MXoN his last as he reaches the later stages of his career, and even commenced preparations in anticipation of being selected to don the green and gold. The New South Welshman has reached career highs at the prestigious event, capturing a MXGP race victory in 2011 as he led the country to its maiden podium.

“I’ve played a large role in representing Australia at MXoN over the last 19 years,” Reed stated via social media. “Every time I put on the green and gold I was so honoured to be representing my country. Winningmotos and standing on the individual podium was the highest level of pride I’ve ever felt.

“I took it personal when as a team we failed to get the results we were capable of. Finally in 2011 we experienced the most amazing feeling winning the first moto and then standing on the overall podium with my fellow Australian teammates – two very talented riders [of Brett Metcalfe and Matt Moss].

“For the last month I had been working hard with the plan of racing my final MXoN at RedBud with [Brett Metcalfe], but unfortunately we didn’t make the team. I’m disappointed that my chance of wearing the green and gold at MXoN has come to an end, but the memories will be with me forever.”

Reed will return to Australia this November for the Monster Energy AUS-X Open in Sydney before travelling to New Zealand for the S-X Open Auckland as part of the S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship.