News 12 Mar 2019

Reed seeking 'higher level' following Daytona supercross

Australian favourite secures 10th at unique stop of the championship.

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Two-time champion Chad Reed has declared he’s seeking a higher level in both qualifying and racing situations after experiencing an off feeling during Daytona’s 10th round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

Reed, who scored an incredible record-breaking 132nd-career podium two weeks ago in Detroit, charged to 10th position in Saturday night’s encounter aboard his JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450.

“Lately I have become accustomed to getting through practice and qualifying, and then I feel more like my normal self when it’s gate drop time,” Reed explained.

“This weekend it was the opposite. I felt good all day, but didn’t feel quite right when they turned on the lights and dropped the gates. I need to find a little higher level in both situations. Hopefully that’s this week’s birthday gift.”

JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team manager Jeremy Albrecht added: “Chad Reed put in another top 10 finish, which is great. The guy is turning 37 years old this week, and he’s finishing inside the top 10 in supercross. Of course, we would all like to get on the podium again, but it was a solid finish for Chad.”

The main event was won by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, joined on the podium by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing duo Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin.