It has been a tough start to the 2010 Supercross season for Chad Reed. After Reed collided with Andrew Stroupe during the main event he was unable to finish at Anaheim 1. Reed posted a 19th placed finish.
Chad Reed Speaks...
"It was just a racing incident. 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. 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."
On to round 2 in Phoenix, Reed collided with James Stewart in the main event and that sent him to the medical center with a broken hand. Once again Reed posted a 19th place finish.
Chad Reed Speaks...
"I went in on the inside and James was on the outside. He turned down really quick to pass a couple of guys and I had nowhere to go. We collided and went down and that's when I broke my hand."
"This season has been difficult. It is hard to put into words how I feel. My personal life is great right now, I'm so happy. I'm about to be a dad. My professional life is a struggle right now finishing 19th the last two races. I've never been in this position before, but I want to get to 100 percent healthy and come back strong."
To matters worse, Reed had surgery to repair his broken left hand in California the other day. Reed is now expected to miss a minimum of 6-weeks recovering from the injury.
Mike Fisher Speaks... Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager
"This will be the first time Chad has ever missed a supercross. I know Chad wants to be racing. His surgery went really well and will start his rehabilitation as soon as he can. We want him to be 100 percent when he returns so he can put his Monster Energy Kawasaki on the podium."
That puts Chad Reed out for at least half the season. At best it looks like it will be the beginning of March in Daytona before we see Chad Reed back again. With that, his 2010 Supercross title hopes are completely gone.