Two-time AMA Supercross champion actively seeking factory contract.
Australian supercross legend and two-time world champion Chad Reed is contemplating his future as he embarks on his return to the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney this weekend.
Reed is actively seeking to cement the closing stages of his illustrious career, indicating sponsorship is what is currently holding up a desired contract with the Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing outfit.
The 36-year-old acknowledges that tomorrow night’s Triple Crown encounter could very well be his last on home soil, although he’s adamant that’s not the plan, expressing his excitement and appreciation to go racing with the JGR-operated squad is at an all-time high.
“Realistically, it could be my final race,” Reed declared to MotoOnline.com.au. “That’s not the plan, but there is that chance. Over the last six months I’ve really come to terms with what I want – I know what I want, and I know what I don’t want. I don’t want to go racing on anything less than a factory bike.
“The way it’s worked out spending time on a Suzuki again brings back some amazing memories, and being able spend time in Charlotte and hangout with JGR – I really think I’ve bonded with the team, and my level of appreciation and excitement of the level they want to go racing at is at an all-time high.
“For me, it’s basically up to sponsorship – if we can pull off sponsorship and do a multi-year deal and lock in my future for the next couple of years, then I’d love to work with the promoters on coming back [to the AUS-X Open].”
The famous number 22 missed last year’s edition of the AUS-X Open due to a severely broken ankle that went onto hinder his 2018 campaign in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, and since August he’s been sampling JGR’s Suzuki RM-Z450, contesting the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship finale and Monster Energy Cup with the team.
Describing his last two races as a blast, the AMA Supercross all-time starts record holder says if this weekend does in fact happen to be his last outing, he’d be exiting the sport with only the fondest memories of his final moments out on track.
“At the Ironman national and Monster Energy Cup, I had an absolute blast,” he continued. “If that’s my going away and that’s my last thought, I’m happy with that. So, this weekend I’ll definitely ride my arse off and do myself, the brand and the Australian fans proud. I don’t think this will be my last trip down, but if it is, I’m going to make the most of it.”
Reed is set to be joined by 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), fellow contender Dean Wilson (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) and retired four-time world champion Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Yamaha) in tomorrow night’s action.