Chad Reed (Hon) went 1-1 in the Australasian Supercross Championship held at Newcastle in New South Wales. The only American riders in attendance were Justin Brayton, Josh Hansen and Mike Alessi. Reed set the fastest lap time in practice, but the lap times were around 39 seconds and the motos were 8 minutes long.
At the first round of the Aussie Championship they had a two-moto 12-lap format. Reed went 1-1, Josh Hansen 3-2, Justin Brayton 2-5, Dan Reardon 4- 3, Jay Marmont 5 -4, Jake Moss 9-6, Tye Simmonds 6-9, Daniel McCoy 8-7, Todd Waters 7-8 and Craig Anderson 10-11.
Mike Alessi went 17-DNF (his shift lever broke in the first moto and in the second moto he had a Tuf Block cover catch on his bike, but after stopping to remove it he crashed out while working his back through the pack).
American P.J. Larsen, who is the Australian 250 National Champion, won the 250 class in front of Matt Moss and Ryan Marmont.
The series now heads to Canberra for the second round at Canberra Stadium next weekend?but Chad Reed is pulling out of the series. “I’m not going to do any more rounds,” said Chad. “My number one priority is to get a ride in the U.S. and I hope to hear something by Tuesday.”
With Hart & Huntington getting Dodge sponsorship it is possible that Chad could get a ride with the new Dodge team. According to sources close to H&H, they are not going to race Hondas this year and will probably be on Kawasakis (which would eliminate Reed as a possible rider). But there is rumored to be a waiver in the Dodge/H&H contract that would allow a “big name rider” to ride whatever brand of bike he wanted (if H&H could land a big fish). It was initially Kevin Windham that H&H approached, but he re-signed with Geico Honda. That means that Chad Reed might be able to ride for the Dodge Kawasaki team on a Honda…assuming they come close on money.