News 28 Nov 2019

Chad Reed rides with Aussie brand RP Filters at AUS-X Open

RP Filters press release:

Australia’s most decorated international dirt bike racer Chad Reed is home from the USA and itching to take to the track at Saturday night’s (November 30) massive AUS-X Open supercross at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium aboard a Penrite Racing Mountain Motorsports Honda CRF450R equipped with Race Performance Filters (RP Filters) engine oil filters.

RP Filters is a new Australian-owned supplier of aftermarket engine oil filters that is targeting the Powersports category, with a product range that includes motorcycle, ATV and marine lines.

“It’s always exciting to bring new partners to my race programme, especially a new Australian brand like RP Filters that is setting its goals on achieving success on the world stage,” enthused Reed, who himself set sail from Australia back in 2001 and achieved global motocross greatness in the two decades since.

Already available in Australia through Supercheap Auto stores, RP Filters will soon also be offered by leading motorcycle industry distributors.

A proudly Australian brand developed by longtime Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing team manager Mark Luksich, RP Filters will ultimately be taken to international export markets that include the USA, South America, the Middle East and Europe.

“Having a partnership with Chad Reed will help RP Filters to target the USA market on a long-term basis across all product categories,” Luksich explains. “Chad is an ideal partner to join us on this new venture, as he is so well known for so many achievements in the MX/SX arena, as well as now being associated with four-wheel motorsport.

“We are truly excited to link with Chad for the recent S-X Open event in New Zealand, and again this weekend at the AUS-X Open in Melbourne, and we look forward to him joining us on the road to success in the USA with RP Filters.”

Saturday’s AUS-X Open event will mark the second and final round of the 2019 FIM Oceania Supercross Championship, in which Reed is the defending champion.

However Reed’s defence of the Oceania title was hampered two weekends ago in Auckland, New Zealand, when a pre-event rib injury forced him out of the action early. With a fortnight’s recuperation since then, Reed is expected to be back to top form for Melbourne’s AUS-X Open meet, where an anticipated 30,000-plus crowd will celebrate the international star’s appearance on Australian soil.

Meantime the AUS-X Open will also feature the fifth and final round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, where SX2 class competitors Kyle Webster and Rhys Budd will make their final appearance for the Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing team, which recently announced it will not continue into 2020 due to reduced sponsorship support.

Webster, who this year finished runner-up in the MX2 class of the Australian MX Nationals Championship, will make his final outing after a successful four years with the CRF Honda Racing team by riding a special-edition RP Filters Honda CRF250R at Marvel Stadium this weekend.

While the CRF Honda Racing team will be missing from startlines next season as team owner Mark Luksich takes a break after so many years with Honda, the motocross industry veteran will continue to be involved with the sport.

“Of course I will still be part of the scene,” Luksich enthuses, “and will continue to take advantage of opportunities to work with riders and teams in a sport I love and have proudly been a part of for more than 30 years.”