After starting up his own team for 2011, Chad Reed’s TwoTwo Motorsports has yielded amazing results, sitting third in the Motocross championship.
After starting the 2011 racing season with a big question mark, Chad Reed proved that he had what it takes to run with the big factory teams with his self-funded TwoTwo Motorsports effort. After running up front for much of this year’s Supercross championship Honda increased their support which saw him run a full-factory bike in the outdoor season. Reed didn’t disappoint putting in some phenomenal rides and looked like he could be a contender for the championship until some bad luck struck at Southwick, thereby taking him out of contention. We caught up with Reed a few weeks ago during the 2012 Honda CRF450R First Ride report from Racetown 395. In the interview he talks about a number of different topics including his death-defying Moto 2 crash at Millville, Minnesota.
TALK ABOUT THAT SUPERMAN MOTO 2 CRASH AT MILLVILLE.
Yeah it was nuts. It was like… business as usual, you know. We won the first one. I got a good start in the second one and I was trying to go for it. I made a pass for the lead and at that point I was like ‘sweet’. The next breath of air I’m flying through the air without a motorcycle and I’m thinking ‘what the hell just happened?’ It was brutal and scary actually. I was pretty beat up. The biggest thing was my groin and left hip were really sore. I didn’t have any breath either, I was really winded. I just tried to get back on the bike and do the best I can (he finished 14th). The next week, that was a tough weekend. I couldn’t regroup fast enough, I was hurting. Things are going well now and I’m back to 100%.
DID YOU GET KNOCKED OUT IN THE CRASH?
I never went out at any point. I knew everything that happened… unfortunately [laughs] I just had to be careful. Every time I’d push I felt like I was going to throw up. It was a tough long moto, but six points is better than zero points.
PASSION FOR MOTOGP RACING.
I grew up in Australia during the Mick Doohan / Wayne Gardner era. MotoGP always seemed like the ticket out of the country. Motocross guys it wasn’t a common thing that we were successful on leaving and actually staying away and achieving goals. Doohan I think won five world titles. At a point I really wanted to go road racing. I grew up less than a mile from Casey [Stoner]. We use to ride the bus to school. I know him really well and root for him every weekend. I’m a huge Rossi fan and also his crew are all Aussie guys. I love racing. Any form of motorsports I’m down with it. NASCAR, Formula 1, V8 Supercar, or MotoGP. It was a weekend off and I was migrating south to SoCal and it was on the way so I made a stop watched a good race, and got to see some good people.
HAVE YOU EVER RIDDEN SPORTBIKES ON THE RACETRACK?
A little bit, not too much it’s fun though.
WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF TWOTWO MOTORSPORTS?
The future of TwoTwo Motorsports looks bright with a multi-time champion at the helm and growing manufacturer support.
I think any business you always try and grow and expand it and try progress from year to year. What we’ve achieved this year already has been awesome. We want to go bigger and better next year. We’re working on that side of things. We’re trying to have it be successful and try and give it some stability while I’m here and beyond my racing career as well. There’s big plans, but as everything you need a budget so we’re working on that.
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH AMERICAN HONDA SEEMS TO BE WORKING WELL.
It is. First and foremost, I ended up riding their bike because I thought it was the best bike for me. At one point buying bikes and parts, and now we’re riding their full-blown factory bike for the outdoors. We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. They’re great to work with. They’re really open to try and be creative and allow me to have my freedom but also represent Honda as the brand the best we can. It seems like we’re checking boxes off. We plan on staying with them for a long-time. We’re negotiating how long that will be right now. Hopefully, that will be wrapped up here soon and we’ll have a little more stability with a manufacturer over the next three years.
WHAT OTHER RACES ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO?
I’m going to need all four. We’ve got eight motos to go. Take each race as an individual one. My goal is to put myself in front of the two Ryans. That’s the goal. If I fall short of that this title is going to get away from me and I’ll end up losing it. I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep the goal in mind.
ARE YOU PLANNING ON RACING THE MONSTER ENERGY CUP IN LAS VEGAS?
Being the owner/racer can get tricky when it comes to planning your team’s racing schedule and finding time to rest.
Right now we’re committed to doing it. Halfway through October, that leaves a month after des Nations to prepare for it. Ideally, I’d like to go to Australia and have some down time and come back end of October, beginning of November. Like every other athlete you want some downtime. It should be cool – it’s a million-dollar race – well it’s actually it’s not. The wording sounds cool. You’ve got to win all three races and even then it’s not a million dollars. The name is cool, but that’s about it.
WHAT’S THE STATE OF MOTORCYCLE RACING IN AUSTRALIA (REED WAS INVOLVED WITH AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS SERIES LAST YEAR)?
I’m not involved with that anymore. They had a direction they wanted to go, and I didn’t feel that represented the way I wanted it to go. And my name was so attached to it, so I didn’t feel it was as positive as I wanted it to be. So, I kind of walked away from that and chose to put my time and effort into TwoTwo Motorsports. I think Australian racing is on the fence – it could go one way or the other. From a fan’s point of view – motorcycles have been my life, so I hope it does well and I hope it succeeds, but we’ll see. I think they’re doing things differently in my opinion. I don’t agree with it and it’s not what I would do, but we’ll see if their plan of attack works.
WHAT’S THE FUTURE HOLD?
Reed has motorsports in his veins. Don’t expect this champion to quit racing for the finish line any time in the near future, though he may turn his attentions to four wheels instead of two.
I’m a year-to-year guy at this point. Next year I’d like to race. Beyond that I don’t know what I want to do. I want to go four-wheel racing. You can’t leave it too long. As with every sport it’s involving. The athletes are getting younger and younger, and I’m not getting any younger. You need to make a transition at a point that you can take it all in, and not being too late in your mid-30s. That’s the goal, four wheels whether that’s NASCAR, off-road trucks, rally or back in Australia with V8 Supercar. I have some great relationships with a team back there and Vodafone. I’m not ready to move back to Australia 100% of the time so that’s what’s really holding me back on that. We’ll see, maybe I can do a part-time thing where I can have some fun and learn and maybe when I’m a little older I’m more willing to commit to moving back to Australia.