News 24 Jun 2009

AMA MX: Reed ready to light up Thunder Valley with special lid

Chad Reed:

He broke a long-standing win drought at High Point Raceway a fortnight ago, and now Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed is looking forward to getting down to business and adding more wins to his tally when the Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumes.

This weekend riders will do battle at the Thunder Valley MX in Colorado, the championship’s only night race.

It will be an integral round for Reed, who is looking to maintain the momentum and increase his points lead in the 450 class.

Consistency and perseverance has again rewarded the Australian. As he admittedly struggled in the opening few rounds, he pushed on to collect points where possible without risking bike or body.

With a margin of close to a moto win over the next competitor – his teammate in second place is out injured – Reed said his focus would remain on starting well and maintaining the intensity.

“It was somewhat of a relief to get that win out of the way at High Point, I didn’t think it would take 8 years!” said Reed.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing. The pressure is still there and we’ve still got over half a championship left to contest.

“I am expecting it to be tough and I am expecting guys to lift and really challenge for this title now.

“I’ve not raced at Thunder Valley under lights before, it should be a lot of fun. Lots of work has gone into this track.”

Reed’s helmet will feature a noticeably different design this weekend.

As an ambassador for Vodafone Australia and a close friend of the championship-winning V8 Supercar outfit, TeamVodafone, Reed’s helmet will sport a hand-painted indigenous artwork by Raymond Walters Japanangka.

The design, worn by drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup at last weekend’s Northern Territory event, promotes cause and awareness of Red Dust Role Models, a program supported by the Vodafone Australia Foundation.

“Red Dust is an important organisation that offers support to Australia’s indigenous communities,” continued Reed.

“I am proud to be involved as a role model and am pleased to be able to show my support with this incredible helmet artwork.”

Note: See Racing Insider #103 for images of the new helmet design.

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