It’s never too late TwoTwo go it alone

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

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.’’

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