From www.chadreedracing.com: Multiple World Supercross Champion Chad Reed has announced his withdrawal from Australia’s 2010 MX of Nations team in order to continue an intensive treatment program for the Epstein Barr Virus which de-railed his AMA Pro Motocross season
The Australian was diagnosed with the debilitating virus in July and is currently undergoing treatment at a leading medical facility in San Diego.
In handing over the reigns to three-time Australian Motocross Champion Jay Marmont, Reed acknowledged that Jay was without a doubt the best candidate and his performance was the benchmark of the Australian Motocross scene
“Trying to make the “smartest” decision, isn’t always the easiest decision so it is really hard for me to announce that I am not going to be racing in the 2010 MX of Nations, Reed stated.
“I am always extremely proud to represent my country at this event, not only is it an honour to be chosen, Team Australia has always been a case of my best mates and I racing together. However, based on my performance and health this year I have to make a smart decision and I feel that there is someone else who deserve this honour more than I do.
“For the past three years no one has come close to Jay’s performance in the Australian Motocross scene. Even in the middle of the greatest personal adversity he didn’t drop the ball once and I think he will truly do his country proud,” he continued.
“Getting well is my Number One priority right now, I have to be healthy and ready for the 2011 AMA Supercross Series and AMA Pro Motocross Championship. I’m doing everything I can to be back and ready to race and I sincerely hope I can earn the right to be chosen to represent Australia again next year.
“Many people have said to me ?everything happens for a reason’, this train wreck of a year has forced some changes in my program which I think have been a blessing in disguise. I have so much passion for this sport and I still have the drive to work hard and win. A big thank-you to all my family, friends and fans who continue to support me,” Reed concluded.
Reed’s racing plans for the remainder of 2010 season remain uncertain at this time, he will consult with doctors following test results at the completion of his treatment to determine the next steps.