Upon his return from a six-week vacation in Australia, Chad Reed announced today his TwoTwo Motorsports team plans for the 2012 AMA Supercross and Motocross championship seasons. Reed, a three-time AMA SX/MX champ in the premier class, who started his own team one year ago, will continue to race for himself but with increased support from American Honda in a two year deal.
This is a major but unsurprising announcement given Reed's performance in 2011. In his first year as a team owner, he was a threat to win both the AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships late into each series. He finished second in Supercross, missing the title to Ryan Villopoto by four points. Reed's team was announced exactly one year ago today but support from Honda was limited. At that time Reed told The Daily Telegraph, a Sydney Australian daily that he is "not getting any manufacturer's help."
According to a press release from the team, in 2012 TwoTwo Motorsports will have access to resources in design and manufacturing and the team will be housed at American Honda's Californian Racing facility, directly next door to the Factory Motocross team.
"In some ways this feels like redemption," Reed said. "In the beginning the support from American Honda was limited, which was completely understandable given we were a new team without any runs on the board. Our new relationship with American Honda holds so much potential and for me it is a money can't buy partnership."
"Chad enjoyed a tremendous level of success in 2011, his first year ever on Honda CFR450R racing machines," said American Honda Race Team Director Ray Conway. "We are all anticipating that his level of success will only increase during the coming year."
Reed told ESPN that he will not have a teammate in 2012 but that he will be "going big in 2013". He also noted that he is still working on an official title sponsor. Although he is not adding a second rider, Reed is adding two key members to his staff. Mike Gosselaar, the winningest race mechanic in AMA history, has joined the team as Technical Director and Sergio Avento has taken up the role of Research and Development Manager. Gosselaar won a title with Reed in AMA Motocross in 2009. He has also won titles with Ryan Dungey, Ricky Carmichael and Steve Lamson. Reed said that surrounding himself with the best staff is paramount to winning in 2012.
"With a team situation there are so many other things that can affect an outcome, but it was the sheer hard work and dedication of my crew this year that ensured none of those factors influenced our performance," he said. "As a rider, I am responsible for my own performance and I expect to go out there and win, anything else is second best."
Dave Osterman will continue as team manager.
Reed test in California with his team and Honda as they prepare for the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. Round one is at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on January 7, 2012.