In the 2010 Supercross class at the Anaheim 1 season opener, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed saw his night end early after contact with another rider damaged his bike.
Reed’s American debut with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team didn’t end as planned as contact on the first lap broke several spokes and forced him to retire early.
In each session on the track Reed continued to improve the settings on his KX450F and the Australian knew he could have been battling the leaders.
Chad Reed Speaks…
"It was just a racing incident," said Reed. "I was running fifth after the first turn and in sight of the leaders. Then Stroupe just turned down really quick. He had the same idea I did. We both wanted to make a pass and our lines came together. There was nothing we could do. Neither of us did anything wrong. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"I think we came a long way from practice to the main event." Said Reed. "We tweaked little things on the bike and I’m confident to say I would have been on the podium tonight. I think I could have got up to the front and mixed it up with the leaders. It would have been exciting."