Reed had a stellar start to the season, earning two race wins and two third-place finishes through the first five races. His momentum came to a startling halt in San Diego while challenging for podium position with Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen. Reed made slight contact with Roczen’s rear tire in a rhythm section and came off hard, shoulder-first into the ground. Following the incident in San Diego Reed announced via Twitter that the crash had left him with a broken scapula, collarbone and T1 vertebra, but that he also planned to race in Dallas the following week. During practice in Texas it was clear that Reed would be unable to compete, so he pulled out of the race. Since then he’s undergone surgery to repair his shoulder.
Reed’s team came to an agreement with Mitch Payton of Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki for Wilson to compete in select East Coast rounds. It will be Wilson’s first crack at 450 SX, but not his first in the 450 ranks as the Pro Circuit rider contested the opening rounds of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series in the premier class.
For Reed, the remaining SX season will be a time to heal before the start of motocross in May. He will attend the bulk of the SX races as team owner and coach for Wilson.