Pulls the plug

Old Bike Australasia - - • CHAD REED • URAL CT • TREVOR THOMAS • BIKES AT T -

Ex-pat Aussie Chad Reed has closed the doors on his US-based mo­tocross team, TwoTwo Mo­tor­sports. In 2011, the year he formed the team, Reed was worth a re­ported US$38 mil­lion, and af­ter buy­ing bikes from Honda in the first sea­son, the fac­tory stepped in with full works sup­port in 2012 and 2013. Reed was not only team owner and man­ager but its sole rider, and the stress of the mul­ti­ple roles told with in­creas­ing, and painful, race crashes. The mount­ing in­jury toll was one fac­tor in Reed pulling the plug, but the fi­nan­cial cost, re­port­edly sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars in re­cent years, was un­doubt­edly another. Reed him­self has not ruled out con­tin­u­ing rac­ing, but not with his own team. “TwoTwo Mo­tor­sports was a dream team,” Reed said. “I thought it was my fu­ture, but now I know it was just a chap­ter. I’m not ready to re­tire.”

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