News 24 Jul 2010

AMA MX: Reed to sit out remainder of Motocross season

Australia’s reigning AMA Motocross Champion Chad Reed has abandoned his title defense after being diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus this week.

Reed sent out this open letter to fans via Kawasaki’s U.S. media service, advising fans of his decision to sit out the remainder of the season. At this stage it’s uncertain if Reed will return to Australia for Super X, which commences in October.

“I have spent most of the last month in and out of my doctor’s office getting tests done, trying to figure out what is going on. Each weekend I head to the race excited to get out there and get some wins on my Monster Energy Kawasaki, ready to defend the number 1 plate that is on my bike, knowing that I have worked hard during the week, on and off the bike. The team and bike are prepped and ready on race day and then I’m unable to race like I normally can. Where is that fight that I normally have?

“For most of this outdoor season I have been frustrated and questioning every part of my program, wondering why I am unable to race to my full potential. It’s tough knowing you’re better than what your performance and results show. It’s embarrassing riding with the #1 plate on and not battling at the front! I don’t take it lightly and I knew I had to get to the bottom of my issues.

“Many people have commented that it’s due to my role as a new dad, but that’s not it. Tate makes me want to race harder. I want my son to be proud of me and I want to teach him that by working hard you can achieve your dreams. My friend Andrew McFarlane passing was another reason that I may not be riding to my full potential. That I’m keeping it safe. That’s not it either. I have always rode within my safety zone and I know Andrew is up there pumping me up to get some holeshots and win some races like he always did. These two reasons alone make me want to race harder and give it everything I have, to be an example of hard work to my son, to live life to the full and be thankful for doing what I love to do and that is race a motorcycle! I’m not ready for retirement; I want a few more championships indoors and out!

“So finally with all that said, I got my results back from the doctor. I have Epstein Barr virus. I know some other riders have had it and I never thought I would be sitting here saying the same thing. It explained my fatigue issues on the track. I knew it wasn’t my fitness, but I was struggling to finish motos. It just got to a point where it was dangerous for me to be out there. My doctor, team and I have decided that I need to be off the bike for a while to try get this handled. I am really disappointed to be out again. This year has been a personal worst for me. I have often been referred to as “Mr. Consistent” but this year has been far from that.

“I want to apologise to my fans for not being able to race for you and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and sticking by the 22 this year. From the worst times come the best times. And I will be working hard to kick this illness so I can get back on track and winning races as soon as possible.”

Watch this space for updates as we find out more.