Australian fan-favourite third at round eight’s Triple Crown.
An incredible third place result at Detroit’s eighth round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship has extended Chad Reed’s podium record to 132 in the premier class at 36 years of age.
The Australian fan-favourite put on a stellar display in the Triple Crown format, charging to a 3-5-7 scorecard that ultimately granted him the final spot on the box.
His first podium since the Phoenix supercross in 2017, Reed expressed a sense of relief to earn the result that has eluded him for two years, rewarding not only his his efforts, but also the chance taken on him by the JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing squad.
“I’m super proud to be up here with these guys,” Reed explained. “These guys are the best grade of supercross riders in the world, I’m honoured to be here and to do it this late in my career. At this point of my career, I’m a fill-in guy and an ambassador for the sport, so it always feels good to get up here and do my job.
“There’s no mistake about it – I do this because I believe I can be up here. I don’t work my arse off during the week to get the results that I have been. It’s been extremely frustrating week in, week out for the last couple of years, so to have a night where you’re fighting for those top positions, it’s fun.
“It’s a relief – a massive relief for me to finally be up on the podium. JB (Justin Brayton) has the record that I really want – we kind of had a vet national there in the first one. That was fun.”
The two-time AMA Supercross champion is now positioned eighth in the championship standings as the series heads to Atlanta this weekend. The overall win was captured by Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) followed by points leader Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).