Chad Reed has taken to Instagram to express his disappointment in not being selected to represent Australia at the RedBud MXoN.
The Aussie MXoN team features Kirk Gibbs, Mitch Evans and Hunter Lawrence but not three-time MX Nationals MX1 champion, Dean Ferris.
Reed was hoping to be picked for the team as one last opportunity to represent Australia at the MXoN.
Here is what he said;
I’ve played a large role in representing Australia at MXoN over the last 19 years ! Every time I put on the green and gold I was so honored to be representing my country. Winning Motos and standing on the individual podium was the highest level of pride I’ve ever felt ! I took it personal when as a team we failed to get the results we were capable of. Finally in 2011 we experienced the most amazing feeling winning the 1st moto and then standing on the overall podium with my fellow Australian teammates -two very talented riders @bmetty24 @mossy102 For the last month I had been working hard with the plan of racing my final MXoN at Red Bud with @bmetty24 but unfortunately we didn’t make the team. I’m disappointed that my chance of wearing the green and gold at MXoN has come to an end but the memories will be with me forever! 🇦🇺
I’d like to add some info to my MXoN post yesterday after seeing some industry posts. I refused comment to all media. Creating that post made me smile with all those MXoN pictures. The memories instantly made me feel extremely proud. The MXoN is always marked on my calendar (19yrs now) The race being in the USA I immediately wanted to race ! Representing Australia one last time in the USA where I have built my dream for the past 17 years seemed like an epic way to finish it off. Time was on my side to put in the effort required. I didn’t ask to be on the team because of current MX results- I asked for that special moment and I personally feel I’ve earned that chance. If @motorcyclingaustralia is focused on a winning team Why would they put the 2nd round of The Aussie SX championship on the same date. Questioning my current form and my lack of MX racing? I understand. But the conversation behind closed doors was that I would be putting in that effort. I’m not up for embarrassing myself or the team. I didn’t forget how to ride a motorcycle. But u have to be fit to get after it. Though 2018 SX was the most difficult and unsuccessful racing of my career – I’ve been working hard to get myself back in shape after my injury. I am so motivated to get there and I will continue that. It’s my opinion that there is no current Australian outside of Dean Ferris that could beat me with the effort I am putting in. I question @byrner26 decision. But with that said I have accepted it, shifted my focus and I am happy to pass the torch. It has been a pleasure 🇦🇺 GOODLUCK boys. I’ll keep focusing on Project 2019 #onwardsandupwards #focused #australia #sydney