Former champion still in negotiations with factory-backed JGR-operated squad.
Australian Chad Reed has declared he’s yet to sign a deal with the JGR-operated Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing outfit as the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship draws closer.
Reed, who’s been testing the team’s factory-prepared RM-Z450 for the past two months, contested last weekend’s Monster Energy Cup with the squad, and will continue to receive support from JGR aboard the Suzuki for next month’s AUS-X Open Sydney and S-X Open Auckland.
The number 22 wound up eighth overall at the popular Las Vegas event on Saturday, lodging a respectable 9-16-3 scorecard while displaying promising form in the process.
“It’s unfortunately not locked in and it’s just at a point where it’s a dollar and cents thing,” said Reed in an interview on MX Vice. “Team is working really hard. I have all confidence in them and believe them that they are working hard – I see it. I’ve been in North Carolina the last kind of month and I see the work that they are doing and the behind-the-scenes stuff.
“Truthfully, I’m making a lot of phone calls to old TwoTwo Motorsports sponsors and things like that too – a bit of luck and some continued hard work. I really think that we can make this work. I’d be really, really kind of excited to make it work.”
Reed will return to Australia for the prestigious AUS-X Open on 9-10 November, where he’ll endeavour to regain the crown after missing last year’s edition due to injury.