Two-time 450 Supercross Champion Chad Reed celebrated his 37th birthday over the weekend and looked to continue rewriting the history books at round 11 of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross in Indianapolis.
Racing his JGRMX/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team RM-Z450 in custom birthday graphics, Reed qualified ninth-fastest in the daytime sessions and fourth in his heat race. After a bad start in the 450 main, the Australian collided with another rider and fell. Reed charged his way up from the back of the pack to 11th when the chequered flag flew.
‰ÛÏThe goal was to put together a more complete weekend," Reed said. "I was competitive in qualifying practice and possibly rode my best main of the season. As a team we made great progress throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, I had a crash on the opening lap of the main event and I was charging back from 22nd place.
"Still, I was happy with my pace for the race. Starts are frustrating. I feel like a golfer going through a bad swing cycle. I was awesome all off-season with my starts, and now find myself frustrated with my starts. I will continue working on this area," the Australia concluded.