Kawasaki & Chad Reed Separate

AMA Motocross / AMA Supercross News

The year 2010 was simply not a positive year for Chad Reed on a motorcycle, although his personal life was blessed with the birth of his son Tate. The Australian was injured in the AMA Supercross season, and suffered from a virus in the AMA Motocross series.

And on Saturday, it was reported that Monster Energy Kawasaki and Reed have “mutally agreed to end their relationship.” This news came a week after it was reported that Thor MX and Reed were parting after a nine-year relationship.

Kawasaki says: “Monster Energy Kawasaki would like to thank Chad Reed for being a part of our team for the 2010 AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship and the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series.”

“Reed was a valuable member of our program scoring one win and multiple podium finishes aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

The 28-year-old Australian pulled out of Supercross after breaking his hand during a crash at round 2 in Phoenix with his rival, San Manuel Yamaha rider James Stewart. He would return at Round 13, and finish fourth.

Reed came back to defend his AMA Motocross title and began the season on a positive note, taking the overall win in Round 1 a Hangtown with a 1-3 moto finish. But his season would descend, and he would eventually pull out due to suffering from the Epstein Barr Virus.

Regardless of 2010, Reed remains one of the most competitve riders in the dirt. So now the question is where will Chad Reed be in 2011?

With his former Suzuki boss Roger DeCoster signed to the US KTM team next year, this seems like the most viable move for the two-time Supercross Champion; expect an announcement of Reed’s 2011 plans soon.