Reed ready to ride again

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

AUS­TRALIAN Chad Reed (be­low) is ex­pected to be fit for the su­per­cross se­ries start­ing in Oc­to­ber.

The two-time Su­perX cham­pion and mul­ti­ple world and Amer­i­can su­per­cross ti­tle­holder pulled out of the AMA mo­tocross se­ries last month with glan­du­lar fever.

An an­nounce­ment on his re­cov­ery is ex­pected soon.

How­ever, he will have some stiff com­pe­ti­tion at the Bris­bane and Syd­ney rounds with Kawasaki team­mate, Amer­i­can Ryan Vil­lopoto, con­firmed to com­pete.

Vil­lopoto, 21, was lead­ing the Amer­i­can su­per­cross se­ries with seven wins be­fore he was forced out with a bro­ken leg. It will be the first time he has raced in Aus­tralia.

‘‘The Syd­ney and Bris­bane races are the only ma­jor events I will race in be­fore the 2011 AMA se­ries, so it’s go­ing to be great prepa­ra­tion for me and I’ll be go­ing for the win at both,’’ Vil­lopoto says.

Other US rid­ers to com­pete in­clude Kevin Wind­ham, Davi Mill­saps, Mike Alessi and Justin Bray­ton. Kiwi Ben Town­ley, who is third in the Amer­i­can mo­tocross cham­pi­onship, will also race.

MARK HINCH­LIFFE

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