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Chad Reed Leaves Kawasaki

Friday, September 10, 2010
Chad Reed
Chad Reed is taking his Supercross expertise on the road in 2011. The 2004 and 2008 AMA SX champion will be on a new team soon. The question is what team will it be. He sure would be a good fit for KTM.
Kawasaki announced that it is cutting ties with Chad Reed after the two parties mutually agreed to go their separate ways.

"Monster Energy Kawasaki would like to thank Chad Reed for being a part of our team for the 2010 AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship and the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series. Reed was a valuable member of our program scoring one win and multiple podium finishes aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors".

This raises the question of where Reed will end up as the 2011 AMA Supercross and Motocross seasons are coming up quick. With former Suzuki boss Roger Decoster set to head up the KTM Racing endeavors the rumor is that Reed is set to join his former boss as part of a powerhouse team capable of bringing a Supercross championship title to the Austrian based company.

The new KTM 350SX seems perfectly designed to take the Supercross world by storm and with two-time SX champion Chad Reed at the controls it would be a formidable combination.


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chateu   July 24, 2014 02:55 AM
I cant believe All The REED Bashing From SX/MX Fans... Reed Has Beat MC RC JS Ect Straight Up in 2003 He Won More Races Than RC But RC Took The Title. REED Has 3rd Most SX Wins & All Time Most In Podiums. He's Won All Kinds Of Championships The AMA US Title The World Title The Aussi Title Ect.. & On Multiple Manufactures & A Title On A 125, 250 & 450... ***CHAD REED AMA SX & MX CHAMPIONSHIPS... ~2002~125~SX~WON ~2002~125~MX~2nd ~2003~250~SX~2nd -7Pts. ~2003~250~MX~3rd ~2004~250~SX~WON ~2004~250~MX~2nd ~2005~250~SX~2nd -25Pts. ~2005~250~MX~8th ~2006~450~SX~2nd -2Pts ~2006~450~MX~6th ~2007~450~SX~2nd -51Pts. ~2007~450~MX~~~~~~~ ~2008~450~SX~WON ~2008~450~MX~~~~~~~ ~2009~450~SX~2nd -4Pts. ~2009~450~MX~WON ~2010~450~SX~~~~~~~ ~2010~450~MX~~~~~~~ ~2011~450~SX~2nd -4Pts. ~2011~450~MX~3rd~Had The Points Lead CHAD-A-PULT~CRASH ~2012~450~SX~Was~2nd-6Pts.When CRASHED OUT ~2012~450~MX~~~~~~~ ~2013~450~SX~5th ~2013~450~MX~~~~~~~ ~2014~450~SX~Was~2nd-2Pts.When CRASHED OUT ~2014~450~MX~TBD ~2015~450~SX~TBD ~2015~450~MX~TBD ~2016~POS~RETIRERMENT...
chad -stop bagging  December 5, 2010 09:54 PM
everyone's bagging on reed, i'll admit i have done that in the past but he sure does have balls bouncing from team to team just trying to continue riding a bike for a living. now how many of you are doing that?didn't think so. as for him jumping to ktm.. that's entirely up for grabs. i thought he was starting an individual honda team or something?either way 2011 is going to be insane with some new faces out there with the big boys!
Debra Dammerman -FOX_GIRL  November 23, 2010 01:03 PM
What Skippy decides...will be fine. He rocks and that is the truth.. GO REED!!!
SAMXRL -Lack of motivation  October 7, 2010 08:44 AM
Chad just seemed to lack that extra motivation to perform at a level we are accustomed to seeing. Chad looked like David Vuillemin last year. Vuillemin rode himself out of the series and if Chad doesn't step it up he's heading that direction too! He'd be a good fit for a satellite Honda team. Dungy rode like a stud this season but hoists the #1 plates but I wonder if he could have beaten James Stewart head to head. If James could keep from getting hurt he is WAY faster than all the other riders. (I think Villapoto has the most potential for wins next season if he doesn't pull a Stewart and get hurt again)
chris -you bafoons!!!!!!!  October 7, 2010 08:28 AM
FOR THOSE OF YOU SITTING HERE BAGGING ON CHAD REED YOU HAVE NO ROOM TO TALK BECAUSE HE WOULD MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A F**KING SPODE ON THE TRACK AND OFF THE TRACK. I MEAN REALLY GET A F**KING LIFE AND GROW UP CHAD WILL DO GOOD ON WHAT EVER HE RIDES EVERYONE HAS A BAD YEAR LOOK AT JAMES HE HAS SHOWED NOTHING THIS YEAR SAME WITH R V OUT WITH INJURY. YOU GUYS ARE PATHETIC TO SIT HERE AND TALK LIKE YOU KNOW WHATS RIGHT FOR THE SPORT. IF YOU DID YOU WOULD BE WHERE HES AT BUT YOUR NOT INSTEAD YOUR HERE WISHING YOU WERE LIKE HIM, TRUST ME REED HAS CHANGED THIS SPORT AS EVERY GREAT PRO HAS OVER TIME AND YOU WOULD SIT HERE AND TALK S**T INSTEAD OF RESPECT THE GUY FOR DOING WHAT HE DOES AND HAS DONE.
hooper -dumb people  October 4, 2010 02:19 PM
wow some of these comments are way off ricky made the suzuki what it is today use your head like really ricky won how many races on borad a suzuki and the bike he is sitting on in that pic is a older yamaha not the new one gez if anyone that knew bikes would know that reed needs to just quit racing in the usa cuz hell get beat hands down and dumb dumbs rodger owned the suzuki team he was just getting tired of the team and the resposabilitys
JROD -REED COOL BUT NOT NO 1  October 2, 2010 01:26 PM
I FEEL BAD FOR REEDY IN A WAY... HE CANNOT WIN WITH UNLESS THE TOP 4 GUYS (GOAT,BUBBA,DUNGY and RV) ARE OUT. HE WILL BE GOOD FOR KTM OR JGR. HE HAS ALOT TO OFFER A TEAM THAT IS NOT EXPECTING HIM TO BE NO. 1 BY THE WAY THE NEXT FEW YEARS ARE GOING TO B THE BEST RACING EVER. (SO MANY FAST GUYS COMING UP) ENJOY. HHHHUUUUUUUURRRRRRRIIATTTTTTTT
SW- -Yamaha and Reed  September 19, 2010 12:49 PM
Picture shows Reed back on the Yamaha, J.G.R is where he needs to be!
KTM -please retire Reed  September 17, 2010 02:03 PM
Lets run this down: Carmichael developed the RMZ 450, not Reed (though Reed might have helped to fine tune the SX side) Suzuki let Reed go... good idea, good result Kawi picked up Reed... good idea to support RV, bad result Suzuki lets DeCoster go... bad idea Kawi lets Reed go... good idea, looking to pick up a young rider KTM picks up DeCoster... good idea, only flaw is KTM's lack of support If a team is to pick up Reed, they need to understand he is no longer a champ, he is a top 5 guy. If you understand that, and expect that, then enjoy.
joel -Reed  September 16, 2010 12:05 PM
I'm amazed with how many people can down reed after all he has done for the sport and especially in australia, but i'm sure you can all go on with how bad he is after all to still be riding after losing a best friend in the racing industry and to have off and on illnesses. so lay some slack off and think before you speak.
FP -Glad to see Chad go!  September 15, 2010 05:52 PM
Chad Reed is such a wimp. Kawi should have dumped him long ago. I agree with the post: KTM betta not hire Chad. . .He will ruin their moment up!
kawi green -Reed is the Guy  September 15, 2010 04:08 PM
the Suzuki is what it is today, because REED...he was in all the steps developing the bike....and EVERYBODY knows Suzuki is the BEST BIKE OVERALL BY FAR...
joe -might have to like reed  September 13, 2010 06:41 PM
i might have to like reed if hes smart and goes to honda!
Tim B -Reed the Whiner  September 13, 2010 10:16 AM
Reed was a good fit for Kawi because I don't like either of them. Now he's looking for another team to trainwreck. The only team that will pick him up is one that likes to continually finish second and then hear lots of excuses.

And I agree Suzuki was dumb to let Roger go. He made the Suzuki team what it is.
Kevin -@russ  September 12, 2010 07:05 PM
So you've confirmed it...Suzuki is stupid.
nick -nz  September 12, 2010 02:55 AM
good to see the whingeing aussie go..............
Russ -the difference between a 3 yr and 1 yr contract  September 11, 2010 06:22 PM
Suzuki told roger 1 yr contract or leave so he left end of story
Irv H -Grand poobah of Buffaloe lodge  September 11, 2010 04:11 PM
The euros are making a comeback. Under BMW's ..er .. wing, Husky has a good line up of off-roaders. Compare this with the big 4 Japanese. Only Yamaha still makes 2 strokes, although Suzuki and Kawi still sell them in non-US markets. No wide ratio 2 strokes with lights.
RG34 -RE: TG - Finally!  September 11, 2010 03:46 PM
RV & Pourcel? Sounds nice...
bucky -bye-bye  September 11, 2010 02:44 PM
good riddance to reed,he was an embarrassment to the whole green effort
TG -Finally!  September 11, 2010 01:39 PM
I can go back to rooting for Team Green! Now the question - who runs alongside RV in the Kawi tent? Will it be one of the dominant lights riders? Or a seasoned SX vet?
Kevin -Suzuki was stupid to let Roger go!  September 11, 2010 05:12 AM
I'm thrilled to see Roger at KTM but not so much to see Reed there. Suzuki was nuts to break up the DeCoster/Dungey team. Unless he was asking for an absurd amount of money they should have worked out a three year deal for him like he wanted.