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Chad Reed Withdraws from 2012 Supercross

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Chad Reed sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament  a broken tibia and fibula  two broken ribs and a broken T6 vertebrae in Dallas.
Chad Reed is officially out of the 2012 Supercross Championship after sustaining numerous injuries in Dallas.
TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed has officially withdrawn from the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series after suffering devastating injuries from his crash in Dallas. The 29-year-old’s initial scans have revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a broken tibia and fibula, two broken ribs and a broken T6 vertebrae.
The Aussie was in a major battle with Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto on Lap 7 when a small mistake cost him the championship.
“I was genuinely in a position to fight for race wins week in week out and expected to be going to Las Vegas for a shot at the title,” said Reed. “This is bitterly disappointing, I felt like I had everything in my corner this time. I’ve never felt more comfortable, from the bike and team to my riding.”
While Reed is hoping to be ready for the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which is set to begin May 19th, many have their doubts he’ll be ready given the extent of his injuries. Reed will be re-evaluated by doctors post surgery to see where he is at regarding future plans.
“To say I am hurting right now would be a major understatement,” Reed said. “I am just trying to figure out what hurts more, the injuries or the fact that I am going to be out for a while with knee surgery.”

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glbarton   February 22, 2012 08:56 PM
Heal fast Chad, Trey and all others who are paying the price for being in the most exciting sport on this planet. I feel that one of the main issues here is just the actual design of these tracks. I know that these are some of the best athaletes in the world but in the last few years we have seen these tracks get more and more dangerous. What with the mass starts, tight turns, dangerous jumps, tough blocks etc. etc. Also it seems less than intelligent to be running 450's in such dangerous conditions. The 250's put on as good a show as far as I'm concerned and rider's are getting injured all to easily in that class as well. I don't have a answer as to what has to be done to reduce these injuries, but I do not feel we are doing the sport any good to the public conception of Motorcycle Racing unless we get serious about reducing such serious injuries. That is just my opinion.
cbrcrducmonster   February 22, 2012 06:48 PM
Heal Up... CR had the eye of the tiger and was on the prowl so far in every round and ready to pounce..!
Oliver   February 22, 2012 06:39 AM
This was either the third or fourth race in a row where a rider sustained a fractured vertebrae. That's a disturbing trend.
charlie toast   February 21, 2012 10:46 AM
Tragic! Fro and RC were so right when they commented that it must be bad, judging from Chad's body language! I hope that Dungey and Bubba can make a contest of the rest of the season, and that Chad manages to recover in time for the MX season. At least he'll be able to spend lots of time with his family, and he seems like a real family guy. Without any reconstructive surgery, my own knee is taking ages to heal from an ACL tear - after four months it still feels weak.
bikerrandy   February 21, 2012 10:30 AM
Saw this coming, unfortunately. I really feel for Chad, but this kind of racing is dangerous.