The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team announces that two-time 450 Supercross champion Chad Reed will contest the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday, October 13th. Reed will be racing a Suzuki RM-Z450 and vying for the $1 million bonus of winning the richest Supercross race in the sport.
Reed contested the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season finale with the team at Ironman, finishing eighth overall in his first Pro Motocross race since 2015. After the race, Reed said one of the reasons he returned was because the team.
“I can honestly say the only reason I did it is because of how much fun I had. During the test (with the team), the bike that I started on and the bike that I finished on improved a lot. At that point, I’m making it for me.
I really enjoyed that part of it. For me, coming here, a nasty weekend, be hard on the clutch in the first one. They threw a new engine in it. I didn’t even think about it. So it was really a lot of fun. A few of them I’ve worked with before. Some of them are completely new to me.”
“My experience with the team at the Ironman National was awesome,” stated Reed. “The race went better than I personally thought it would, because I wasn’t in 100 percent race shape. I achieved my personal goals. Since that time, I have continued to work with the team and help test the Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m enjoying the bike and team. I am looking forward to racing the Monster Energy Cup.”
After Ironman, Reed spent several weeks testing the RM-Z450 at JGRMX’s North Carolina facility. According to team manager Jeremy Albrecht, Reed has proved pivotal to the team’s testing program.
“Chad Reed has been outstanding to work with,” he said. “He has proven to be a valued addition to our testing program with the Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m eager to see Reed race in Las Vegas, and I think we will turn heads. This should be fun.”
In addition to racing, Chad Reed will be on hand to sign autographs and meet fans at the Suzuki display during the sixth annual AIMExpo, which will be held at Las Vegas’Mandalay Bay Convention Center.He will be joined by Weston Peick, who recently inked a contract extension with the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for 2019.
Reed and Peick’s autograph sessions will be on Thursday, October 11th and Sunday, October 14th from 11:30am – 12:30pm at the Suzuki display. AIMExpo attendees will also be able to take a tour through the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team Transport (which will be indoors, adjacent to the Suzuki display) on Thursday, from 10am – 2pm.