News 16 Jan 2019

Reed identifies weak point in Glendale Supercross encounter

Australian achieves desired feeling in factory Suzuki RM-Z450.

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Two-time champion Chad Reed has identified his starting technique as the weak point of his main event outing at Glendale’s second round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

The JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing rider has reviewed footage from the 18-lap affair, which has allowed him to establish the key areas to work on ahead of A2 this weekend.

The number 22 put on an inspiring ride in his heat to finish second, although a mediocre start let him down in the red-flagged main, which saw him climb to 14th following the restart in the earlier stages of the encounter.

“Glendale was a really positive day, and the heat race was special,” Reed reflected. “The team did a great job of helping me find a feeling that I’ve been chasing. This helped massively throughout the whole weekend.

“The main was disappointing, but I’m focused on the feeling we found, and I’m looking forward to a solid week ahead. Video replay shows what I’m doing wrong on my starts, so I’ll look to correct that before Anaheim 2.”

Positioned 12th in the championship standings, the Australian has shown plenty of promise in the opening two rounds as he endeavours to become the oldest main event victor at 36 years of age.

Saturday’s race was won by Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM) – the first of his career – followed by defending champion Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) and Ken Roczen (Honda HRC).