| Fresh from a week a world away on the sandy beaches of the Bahamas, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross points leader Chad Reed is ready to return to the dirt and keep his championship campaign rolling.|
The time off with his young family has allowed the TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing rider to reflect on a hectic yet successful start to 2011 where he was able to secure second place in the hardest-fought AMA Supercross season in many years.
He’s maintained the momentum as the season shifted to outdoor mode and has stood atop the overall podium 4 out of 6 times this season to amass a 16-point 450cc class lead.
Despite his stats in the first half of the season, Reed acknowledged there was lots more work to be done to retain his spot at the top of the standings.
“Week in, week out I need to keep getting these results,” said Reed. “If I’m not winning, then one of the two Ryan’s is winning and I can’t afford to relax or stop putting the pressure on them.
“I’m happy with our transition direct from Supercross to motocross – it’s a different environment and as a young team we’re still finding our feet somewhat.
“The bike continues to get better as we get more races under our belt and learn from what works and what doesn’t.
“It’s been great to have a week away from the track and day after day of moto’s but I’ll admit I’ve missed it and I’m itching to get back on the bike for Spring Creek this weekend.”
The Australian rider has not won at the Spring Creek facility in Millville and will need to tackle its dramatic elevation changes and infamous sand whoops head on to notch up a victory.
Australian viewers can catch the Spring Creek National live on SPEED TV from 7.00am-9.00am this Sunday morning. A replay will follow from 5.30pm-7.00pm.
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings (after Rd 6 of 12):
1. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda - 268
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki - 252
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki - 246
4. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki - 178
5. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha - 173
6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda - 172
7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM - 130
8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda - 119
9. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM - 115
10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki - 112
Rested Reed Set For Spring Creek Battle () 07/16 09:50 AM
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