As long as he can remember, Chad Reed wanted to be the world's best Supercross racer. Like so many other impressionable kids his age, he spent hours on end dreaming about being a factory rider and some day racing in America, in front of stadiums packed with cheering fans. It's a youthful dream shared by many, realized by few and even fewer Australians. In Chad's mind there was never a doubt that it was his destiny to be the next King of Supercross. He studied tapes of the best American riders, emulating their styles both on and off the track.
It wasn't long before Reed had won all there was to win down under, so after successfully defending his Australian Supercross Championship in 2000, Chad headed to America by way of Europe. Reed was going to fulfill his destiny of American glory, so he headed first to Europe to race the FIM World Championship series, along with his longtime girlfriend (now wife), Ellie. The venerable series proved to be the perfect showcase for Reed's natural talent and desire to win. He finished the 2001-year ranked as the second fastest 250cc motocross racer in the world. It became clear that hed soon reach his dream of racing in America.
Reed came to the States with one mission; to win the AMA Supercross Championship. He did that within three years of racing in the U.S. Actually, he won the 2002 125 West Coast Championship (nowadays named Lites West Championship) in his first year. This quickly propelled him into the factory Yamaha team and racing in the premier 250cc class. Even his first year in 2003, against the best-of-the-best was incredible when he won the World Supercross GP Championship. Not bad for his first full season racing in the U.S.
Of course, after those two great years, it was obvious that 2004 would be "the year" for Reed. For 2004, Reed was not going to settle for anything less than the title he had sought for so long. He didn't disappoint, winning ten of sixteen rounds and placing second in five. Reed never finished off the podium the entire season on his potent Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke, with his worst finish a third place at one event, in route to the AMA Supercross Championship.
After Reed's amazing victory in 2004, you could say that the 2005 race season didn't turn out exactly as Reed had planned. Although Reed won five races and finished on the podium another nine times, a crazy mud race at Anaheim had Chad finishing further back than he had hoped. In the end, it kept him from the title.
Though a consistent podium finisher, Reed had to give up his outdoor national championship hopes when an injury, and eventual surgery, cut his season short. It gave Reed the chance to rest up and heal properly to ensure that he was fit for the upcoming 2006 season. A shoulder injury sustained in training mid-season hampered his title attack, and in the end Chad came three points short to lift the '06 title.
For 2007, Chad Reed created his own team set-up under the Yamaha L&M Racing Team name and piloted the number 22 factory YZ450F once again. The season kicked off with the usual battles between the three giants of Supercross; Chad Reed, Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart, with Reed winning the opening round of the SX World Championship in Toronto, Canada. Reed battled injury for much of the season, but still managed to finish on the podium at every round, with just one exception. This consistency delivered him the runner-up trophy in both the AMA and SX World Championships for 2007.
Reed entered season 2008 with a more relaxed approach and a renewed desire to win races. He won the opening event of the season and never looked back, going on to win a total of 9 main events and taking his second AMA and World Supercross title. The Aussie overcame a number of unlucky race finishes as well as an excruciating shoulder injury during his battle for the crown. Some describe it as the most gutsy title win ever seen in AMA competition.
Reed's focus then shifted to his own Super X championship in Australia, a series that he played an instrumental role in establishing and financing. It was an exceptional success in its opening year, with huge crowds filling some of Australias premier venues, truly re-invigorating the sport. Chad competed in the Pro Open class, his first full series with new manufacturer Suzuki. He dominated from start to finish, winning 6 of 7 rounds and easily claiming the Pro Open title.
2009 marked a new year and a new challenge for the defending AMA/World Supercross champion. He won a number of Main Event races and only finished off the podium once in the seventeen-round battle. Reed claimed the runner-up trophy by just four points and showed the future was bright for Suzuki's Supercross campaign.
For the first time in two years, Reed entered a full season of the national outdoor championship AMA Motocross. He dominated the 12-round championship claiming his first title in the competitive discipline, which boosted him to his second consecutive Super X crown in Australia.
2010 was a harrowing year for Reed who was injured early in the piece during AMA Supercross while on board with Monster Energy Kawasaki. He made a momentary comeback to win the opening round of the AMA Motocross championship before a decline in health caused him to sit the remainder of the season out. At the end of the year he announced a new venture TwoTwo Motorsports a self-funded team with the aim of taking it to the best in AMA competition. Reed assembled a small but committed staff and has toiled hard to great success so far - earning 2nd overall in championship points in AMA Supercross and 3rd overall in AMA Motocross points in the team's debut year.
Reed ranged up on the 2012 title and had Ryan Villopoto in his gun sights before a sickening injury cut short his campaign. The multiple AMA/World Supercross Champion was forced off the bike for during the Supercross season and all of the Motocross season, making him set his sights on 2013. The Australian's 2013 campaign suffered a major setback before the season started with his knee not healing 100% and requiring further attention. A testament to his love of the sport, commitment to his sponsors, and gratitude to his fans Reed, who faced one of the toughest seasons of his career, soldiered on and at times against medical advise to finish 5th in the Monster Energy Supercross Championship.
Chad enters the 2014 season healthy and with an appetite for success. Reed is set to leave nothing in the tank in his pursuit of further Supercross glory to win as team owner and rider.