News 25 Mar 2019

Multiple injuries end Reed's season in Seattle crash

Suspected knee injury for Brayton in brutal main event clash.

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Australian fan-favourite Chad Reed has confirmed his season is over after sustaining multiple injuries in a brutal crash at the beginning of the main event for Seattle’s 12th round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

An error from the JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing rider caused carnage on lap one in the first rhythm lane, claiming both himself and three-time Australian supercross champion Justin Brayton (Smartop Bullfrog Spas Honda).

The duo were both assisted off the circuit by the Alpinestars Medical crew, while Kyle Chisholm (Suzuki) and Ryan Breece (Rock River CycleTrader Yamaha) – also involved in the incident – remounted for positions 19 and 20.

Reed revealed his injuries overnight, stating he suffered eight broken ribs, a broken scapula and a collapsed lung, bringing his 2019 campaign – possibly the last of his career – to a premature end.

“Yesterday was fun,” said Reed in a social media statement. “Finally a halfway technical track – the whoops were so freaking awesome I loved every pass. Unfortunately a mistake in the main was costly – eight broken ribs, broken scapula and a collapsed lung. I’m bummed my year comes to an end with five to go.”

Brayton also offered an update on his condition, stating he’ll undergo further medical consultation this week to review a suspected torn MCL/ACL in his left knee.