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Pre World SX Press conference: Chad Reed

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You were injured at the end of the outdoor nationals last year. What were those injuries and what is the status? Halfway through the motocross nationals I had some problems with my hand. They were problems that I had been having for a while. I was just waiting it out until the season was over so I could take care of it. Then leading up to Washougal, I was out at Glen Helen and had really big crash. I hit my head and my hand again. I just kind of brought myself to the point in the season where I weighed all my options to see what I had to lose and what I had to gain. I had absolutely nothing to gain staying in the series. I had to get out while I could and get it fixed. While I had that fixed I was able to get two screws removed from my hand and four from my leg. It was good to get that out of the body, regroup and have a break. It had been since I was 16 since I actually had a break. It was nice to go home to Australia, hang out and do some fun family stuff and regroup. I basically took the rest of the summer off and listened to the races on the internet. I was kind of wishing I was there, and wishing that I wasn‰Ûªt. Its kind of fun to get that feeling back where you really want to go to the races. The US Open has traditionally been a good race for you, winning there two times. What was it like having to watch that race? It was tough. I had just started riding the Friday before and knew that I could show up and be on the podium. But I didn‰Ûªt want to just show up and be on the podium, I wanted to show up and be the winner. I was motivated to go there because of the whole four stroke vs. two stroke thing. Bubba was meant to ride the two stroke and Ricky was riding the four stroke. I was looking forward to seeing the race off but as we all know that never happened. It was actually my last weekend off. Did you ride a 250 and 450 in the off season? How did they compare? Since I got hurt, a lot of things changed. We had a plan to go in to the US Open to ride the 250 and ride the four stroke after that. When I came back riding, I started riding the four stroke right away and was quite amazed at how different and new the bike was. I had been previously been riding a bike that wasn‰Ûªt quite up to racing standards for us. So I just wasn‰Ûªt‰Ûª having any fun with it and didn‰Ûªt really believe in it. Then I rode it again on the test track and was amazed by it. We started testing, and about three, four weeks into it, I rode my two stroke again and I rode it for maybe two hours, put it on the stand and said ‰ÛÏwe‰Ûªll leave that thing on the stand and hang it up.‰Û

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