Jason Reed is one of the first riders I had chance to meet when I started covering the MX Nationals for Fullnoise.com.au just over six years ago now.
I first really met Jason at the Western Australian round of the nationals back in 2008, at that point in time he was racing the Under 19s class and was regarded as one of the emerging talents of Australian motocross and Supercross.
I remember that weekend pretty well, I rocked up to Wanneroo and it was the first event that I had attended on my own with Gaz back in Victoria at the time. Wandering the pits on the Saturday before the event I sat down at the WEM track with a couple of other people, including Jason who was cracking jokes and generally just having fun. I spoke to him breifly then headed back to my hotel for the night.
That weekend proved to be a tough one for Jason, crashing heavily on the big down hill quarry section of the track heading towards the finish line, Lil Reed as he was known was in a pretty bad way and was carted off to the hospital.
In the years that have followed I have regularly caught up with Jason when he has been at the race track, he is always keen for a quick chat and I have watched him come and go from the race scene over the past five years, showing glimpses of the natural talent he has on a dirt bike, mixed in with some unfortunate crashes that have seen him pushed backed to the side lines.
The last time I spoke to Jason in person was at the 2013 Hattah Desert race, both before the race on Sunday morning and again on Sunday afternoon after we both finished racing. The good news was Jason had made it through the race, the bad news was his hands were destroyed and he was again being attended to by the medics!
I still catch up with Jason every now and then via facebook and after speaking to him recently decieded it was time that we let you in on what he has been up to over the past couple of years and the new adventures he is chasing.