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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
'It's a win-win for me,' Reed says

By BJ Smith
ESPN.com

Chad Reed
Chad Reed will return to racing at the Monster Energy Cup this weekend and then head to Australia.

For the first time since 2010, two-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Chad Reed will go to Australia to compete in the final three rounds of the Terex Australian Supercross Championship. Reed, owner and rider of TwoTwo Motorsports has been away from racing since a knee injury in Dallas sidelined him for the season. He will make his return to racing this weekend at the Monster Energy Cup, then fly to Australia for a race the following weekend. The trip is Reed's first as a team owner.

"It's a win-win for me," Reed said. "I get to race at home, launch the awesome new 2013 Honda, test and develop the bike against guys I consider world-class competitors, catch up with my friends and family and get to spend some time with the guys in the MotoGP paddock as well."

Chad Reed
As Chad Reed says, "A deal is a deal!"

With Honda radically re-engineering the 2013 Honda CRF 450R, Reed sees the trip as a way to ride and test his new bike in race conditions. One race in Australia is a significant investment so he decided to extend it to three. The series will conclude Nov. 17 in Newcastle.

Although the trip to Australia was already in the plans, a promoter's Facebook promotion helped give him an extra nudge. On Oct. 9, International Entertainment Group managing director Yarrive Konsky posted a 10,000-like challenge on the Australian Supercross Championship's Facebook. If the series received 10,000 likes then native hero Reed was coming home to compete.

"A deal is a deal! U guys got 10k Likes so it's official I'm comin home to race the last 3 rounds of the Australian Supercross Championships the packing has already started," Reed said on his Twitter feed Monday evening. "I spend a bit of time on social media too and noticed that the Aussie fans were really rallying behind the Championships' campaign to bring me back to race -- it's hard to find fans as passionate as these guys and I really do value the support and feedback."

The Terex Australian SX series is four rounds. Round 2 will take place Oct. 27 as part of the AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island. Round 3 will be Nov. 10 at the Toowoomba Show Grounds, with the fourth and final round to take place Nov. 17 at the Newcastle Show Grounds.

"Taking the Championship to Phillip Island is a big task and a significant move forward for the sport," Reed said. "When I first heard the news I was both surprised but encouraged by the direction."

In 2008 Reed entered the promotions business when he was a major shareholder in the Australasian Super X Championship along with Global Action Sports. That series ended in 2011. Reed's last trip to race in Australia was in 2010 when he competed in Round 1 of the Super X series. He won, beating Americans Josh Hansen and Justin Brayton.