News 22 Nov 2009

Oz SX: Reed sets himself up for second successive Super X title


Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed has dominated Super X’s trans-Tasman dash to Hamilton in New Zealand, winning all four races of the Open Quad Challenge final.

The defending champion scored his second round win in a row and wrestled back the lead of the series with just a single point-scoring opportunity remaining.

The soft local dirt made for a challenging track, with deep ruts forming with every on-track session.

Reed adapted well on the KX450F and carried pace over to the Man vs Man qualifying format where he took on and beat Cody Mackie, Daniel Reardon and Matt Moss to secure the top gate pick for the final.

He scored the holeshot in the opener and built a steady lead to claim the first win of four.

A slower start in the second race saw Reed battle for a number of laps with Tye Simmonds before putting on a passing move on his young opponent and clearing out.

Race three was a carbon copy of the first, with Reed riding his own race at the head of the field.

He completed a perfect victory with a hard-fought win in the final race, taking 25 points from the meet and moving 14 clear of Daniel Reardon in second.

“It’s good to be able to be here in New Zealand and bring the series to a really passionate fan base,” said Reed.

“I came here needing to win and really put my head down, we’ve been doing quite a bit of development work and found a lot of pace in the bike this week.

“I made a few mistakes in the earlier rounds and it has been hard work to undo those and get back the lead, but I’m feeling more and more confident each race and it is really good to leave here with a good lead.”

The series takes a fortnight break before resuming for the final round at the QSAC in Brisbane.