Chad Reed proved he still has the fight of a champion after pushing his Husqvarna FC450 across the finish line in the Seattle Supercross Main Event on the weekend.
A rain-soaked Century Link Field in Seattle greeted riders for Round 13 of the AMA Supercross Championship after a one week break for Easter.
Reedy qualified fifth for the Seattle Main Event and after the gate dropped he rounded the first turn in eighth. Treacherous conditions stinted progress but the Husqvarna rider managed to pick off a couple positions before his FC450 started billowing smoke.
On the last lap, his bike looked as though it was going to quit and with one corner to go Reed got hung up in a deep rut and lost all his momentum. Smoke now pouring from his machine, Reed jumped off his bike, held the throttle pinned and pushed his motorcycle across the timing line to collect seventh position.
This race at Seattle reminds us of the fateful 2008 Daytona Supercross when, in similar muddy conditions, Reed’s Yamaha blew a clutch on the last lap and he forfeited the lead to Kevin Windam with three corners to go.
Photo: Simon Cudby