Defending AMA Motocross Champion Chad Reed has kicked off his title defence in the best possible way, winning the opening round of the 2010 season, the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento California today.
The Australian, who sat out most of the Supercross season with injury, silenced his critics and made his intentions clear from the onset, taking the holeshot and leading the opening 30 minute moto from start to finish.
The second moto proved tougher, Reed was mid pack off the start and had his work cut out for him on the technical track.
The Monster Kawasaki rider rode a strong race, meticulously manoeuvring his Kawasaki KX450F through the field to third and the overall round victory.
Chad Reed says: "I got an awesome start in the first race, "Reed acknowledged. "It is certainly much easier when you get out front and out of the roost.
"The second race was tougher, I was trying to move forward but the track was rough which made it quite hard to pass on.
"While my supercross season didn’t go as planned, I’m now fit and healthy and focused on defending this title and I think I proved that today.
"Everything went to plan and we achieved what we set out to. It’s been a good day and its awesome that Ellie and Tate are here. I couldn’t be happier," he stated.
The second round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will be held at Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas on Saturday June 5 (Sunday June 6 AEST).
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Top Ten Round Results & Championship Standings – Hangtown Motocross Classic
450 Class (Moto Finish)
Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (1-3)
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (4-1)
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda (3-2)
Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (5-4)
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (2-10)
Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (6-7)
Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., Yamaha (7-8)
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (10-6)
Ken DeDycker, Belgium, Yamaha (8-11)
Andrew Short, Smithville, Tex., Honda (15-5)
450 Class Championship Standings
Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 45
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 43
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 42
Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 34
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 33
Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 29
Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., Yamaha, 27
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 26
Ken DeDycker, Belgium, Yamaha, 23
Andrew Short, Smithville, Tex., Honda, 22