Australian Motocross Legend Chad Reed
Australia's most successful motocross rider
In January this year, at the start of the USA Supercross season, multiple Australian and two-time World Supercross champion Chad Reed announced that 2020 would be his final full-time season. AMX History website pays tribute to Reed who is, without doubt, Australia’s most successful motocross racer.
On the International scene, Reed won two World Supercross Championships (2003 and
2008) and was the 2001 Runner-up World 250ccc Motocross Champion, becoming the first Australian to win a World 250cc GP race.
Reed moved to the USA in 2002 winning all but two supercross races that season to win the 125cc East Coast Supercross championship. In the following years Reed won both the US Open Motocross Championship (2003) and AMA Supercross Championship (2004).
Reed has proven to be the most consistent supercross/motocross racer in the 2000-2009 decade.
In recognition for his outstanding achievements and contribution to the sport, on 13 June 2011 Reed was named a Member of the Order of Australia.
He currently is the record holder for most main event starts in AMA Supercross history with 265 starts (as of 21 June 2020), competing at the highest level for over 20 years.
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Where it all began for Reed
Chad Reed was born on 15 March 1982. He grew up on a farm in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales and started riding mini bikes at a very young age.
Sixteen years later, Chad began his professional career in Australia in 1998.
He emerged from the Australian junior ranks to compete in the then-premier 250cc class, bypassing the traditional stepping stone of 125cc racing.
Reed was immediately competitive in both motocross and supercross, winning the Australian 250cc Supercross Championship in 1999 and 2000.
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The move to International racing
In 2001 Chad moved to Europe and became the Runner-up World 250ccc Motocross Champion in his first attempt. Riding for Jan DeGroot’s factory Kawasaki team, Reed was a revelation that year aboard his KX250, winning the Grand Prix of Lierop in The Netherlands.
That year he won the 125/250 class race at the Motocross des Nations in Belgium – the International teams event for motocross.
Reed moved to the USA in 2002 and took the country by storm winning all but two supercross races that season to win the 125cc East Coast Supercross championship.
Then in 2003 Reed won the US Open Motocross Championship and AMA Supercross Championship the following year.
Reed revisited his home in Australia to race the Raymond Terrace, round 4, of the Australian Motocross series. He beat Daniel Reardon with a 1-1 performance, providing Reardon with international notoriety for holding Reed off for a significant portion of the races.
Chad Reed leads the first race in the MX1/MX2 class at the 2011 Motocross des Nations in France.
In 2007 Reed was second in the first race in the MX1/MX2 class at the Motocross des Nations in the USA.
The following year Reed was responsible for developing and partially funding the new Australian Supercross Championships, dubbed Super-X. He also competed in the series and dominated all but one race to take the Australian Supercross Championship – winning 6 out of the 7 races.
2009 was a big year for Reed. That year he became the Monster Energy Triple Crown Motocross Champion, AMA National Pro Motocross Champion, Australian Supercross Champion and was named AMA Athlete of the Year.
In 2011 Reed won the first race in the MX1/MX2 class at the Motocross des Nations in France.
Reed returned to the US and continued to finish on the podium in supercross events through to 2016. That year he briefly returned to Australia for the National Championships winning the AUS-X Open class.
Chad continued to race supercross in the USA through to 2020, which he has announced in January will be his final full-time season.
Reed's top performances in Motocross of Nations
Chad Reed winner – 2001 Motocross of Nations (Belgium) – Race 2 (125/250)
Rudicross (in French)
Chad Reed second place – 2007 Motocross of Nations (USA) – Race 1 (MX1/MX2)
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Chad Reed second place – 2009 Motocross of Nations (Italy) – Race 1 (MX1/MX2)
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1997 Australian Junior Motocross Champion
1999 Australian Supercross Champion
2000 Australian Supercross Champion
2001 Runner-up World 250ccc Motocross Champion,
2001 Motocross of Nations (Belgium) – Race 2 (125/250), 1st Place
2002 AMA Eastern Regional Supercross Champion
2003 U.S Open Champion
2003 FIM World Supercross GP Champion
2004 U.S Open Champion
2004 AMA Supercross Champion
2005 X-Games Supermoto – Bronze Medal
2007 King of Bercy Supercross Champion
2007 Motocross of Nations (USA) – Race 1 (MX1/MX2), 2nd Place
2008 AMA/FIM World Supercross Champion
2008 Australian Supercross Champion
2009 Monster Energy Triple Crown Motocross Champion
2009 AMA National Pro Motocross Champion
2009 Motocross of Nations (Italy) – Race 1 (MX1/MX2), 2nd Place
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