It’s never too late TwoTwo go it alone
AUSTRALIA’S second-highest paid motorsport star has given himself a pay cut. Multiple world, Australian and American supercross and motocross champion Chad Reed (right) has decided to start his own TwoTwo Motorsports team after US negotiations fell over.
Reed flew to the US two weeks ago to stitch up a factory deal, pulling out of the Australian SuperX series he helped bankroll.
However, the 28-year-old from Newcastle announced he was turning his back on the security of a paid ride after 12 years of racing for factory teams in Australia, Europe and the US.
‘‘I am at a point in my career where I am motivated and want to race more than I have for a long time,’’ Reed says, confirming he will race the full American supercross season next year on a Honda.
‘‘This is the best series with the best riders.
‘‘This is where my heart is at, where my head is at, and this is where I want to be in the championship and challenge for race wins.’’
His Australian agent, Matt Cousins, says Reed has spoken to ‘‘pretty much all the manufacturers in the last three months and the leading privateer teams but the scenario of running his own
MARK HINCHLIFFE organisation has potential positives far greater than negatives’’.
Reed raced a Honda in a one-off deal during the first round of the SuperX season last month in his home town.
‘‘When I came back to Australia I knew I still had the fire in my belly. That night in Newcastle, when I raced under my own banner, confirmed it for me.
‘‘I am aware of the hard work and sacrifice it will take, but in my mind the upside is far greater than the downside.
‘‘If and when we win races this year, they will be the most satisfying of my career. To win a title with my own team would be the most rewarding thing I have ever done.’’
Reed has less than six weeks to establish the TwoTwo Motorsports team but has already started recruiting staff, secured a main sponsor and organised technical support for the bike.
‘‘I am absolutely proud of what we have achieved before even hitting the track,’’ Reed says.
Cousins cannot confirm whether Reed will return for the SuperX season.
‘‘We’re hoping he can get back at some point in the season but that depends on what happens with testing and getting the operation together,’’ he says.
‘‘His long-term future is in America, not that he doesn’t have a desire to race in the Australian series, but he doesn’t have a ride here. He’s still one of the major (SuperX) shareholders.’’