Motocross

Chad Reed pulls out of Oceania Motocross

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Australian motocross superstar, Chad Reed, has been forced to withdraw from November 13‰Ûªs Yamaha Oceania Motocross Championships at Geelong‰Ûªs Barrabool track due to his slow recovering foot injury. Reed rang event organizer, Steve Sweeney, president of the Sporting Motorcycle Club Australia, last Thursday afternoon (October 14 - Australian time) to personally tell him the news. It was an extremely difficult decision for Reed who is totally committed to the race and the club‰Ûªs campaign to buy the spectacular and challenging Barrabool track and save the iconic venue for long term racing. Reed told Sweeney his injury plagued year hit a further dark spot in September when he broke his foot while doing rehabilitative cycling to aid recuperation from earlier surgery to remove screws from his hand and leg. Reed is an avid cyclist and had put in many kilometers on the road to assist his recovery and maintain his fitness for racing, before a mishap on the bike. Reed made the decision not to come last Thursday (Australian time) after talking with his doctor and considering preparations for the 2006 US Supercross. "I am extremely saddened and disappointed that I will be unable to race at Barrabool in November," said Chad in a letter to Sweeney sent the day following the phone call. The full transcript has been published on Chad and the event‰Ûªs website (www.oceaniamx.com). "I have had a lot of upsets this year, SX was up and down, I had to miss the remainder of the Nationals due to having surgery for an injury. While healing from that I broke my foot in a cycling incident." "I have to look at the 2006 Supercross series as my priority, not only my job and my duty to my sponsors, but more importantly my dream." "I have 6 weeks until World SX in December, which leaves no time to spare. I have had little riding time over the past 3 months due to injury, so I need time on the bike practicing." "I have only tested 4 days on the 450F and I am still not sure whether I will ride it in SX next year. If I decide not to ride the 450, then testing will need to start on the 250." "With Supercross around the corner, Yamaha are working hard on the bike so that I can choose the best bike for Supercross in 06. I need to make that choice from facts and not fear, which means allowing myself the time I need to make the best and smartest decision." Chad‰Ûªs letter ended with a special message for motocross fans in Australia and New Zealand, urging them to attend the race and secure the future of Barrabool. "It is extremely important to me that the fans support this race. We don‰Ûªt want to lose the track at Barrabool and I hope that you will support the efforts made by many to still go to enjoy the day of great racing," said Reed "Fans, attending this race is really important. Your support will help me to race Barrabool in 2006." While bitterly disappointed, organizer Steve Sweeney appreciates Chad‰Ûªs difficult situation and is moving forward with event planning, with his club determined to raise the funds to buy Barrabool. Adelaide‰Ûªs Brett Metcalfe who last week won the US Open in Supercross Lites, has been appointed to captain Australia versus the Kiwis in the Trans-Tasman motocross battle. "We won‰Ûªt have Chad this year, but we will have great racing and great riders. Naturally the phone call from Chad was the last thing I wanted to hear, but that is racing, injury is part of the day to day for riders and we have to accept Chad‰Ûªs decision and wish him well in his recovery," said Sweeney. "The club is totally focused on staging the best Trans Tasman battle possible, and with the rider line up we have recruited, it‰Ûªs going to be awesome." "Brett‰Ûªs on fire and loves Barrabool. He has just scored the biggest win of his career, taking out the mega-buck US Open Supercross in the 125cc class in Las Vegas, and is coming to Barrabool determined to reclaim the title for the Aussies." "And Josh Coppins is heading the Kiwis and is equally determined. He‰Ûªs just won the British motocross and was runner up in the world motocross so with Josh at the Kiwi helm, the scene is set for a superb confrontation at Barrabool." The 18 member Australian and New Zealand teams will be announced by the end of October. Aussie captain Metcalfe will stand out from the field, riding a limited edition, bright yellow Yamaha YZ250F that is being specifically prepared for Metcalfe‰Ûªs captaincy by Yamaha Australia.

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