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Reed, though, doesn’t give up. His previous rides through pain are legendary, but his ride in Detroit surely tops them all. Busted shoulder at Southwick 2002? Busted shoulder at Daytona 2006? Busted everything at Anaheim 1 last year? That’s nothing. This time Reed was in a hospital coughing up blood and fearing for his life just a few hours before the race. Physically, he was done. Mentally, though, the guy was still strong.
Most telling of Reed’s determination was a simple statement he made during a post-race interview on the Supercross Live! Webcast. Reed said he was just hoping to get a good start in the main event. Considering his condition, getting a good start in the main could have been suicide. In the heat race, Reed started mid pack and couldn’t even jump the triples on the first lap. He could have gotten landed on. For the main, there was no way to know if he could drive it into the whoops after the first turn. He could have gotten clobbered by the rest of the pack. But Reed wanted to go for it anyway.
It’s still not assured that Reed will win this championship, but the effort he put in at Detroit will not be forgotten. When Stewart pulled out of the series with a knee injury, it looked like Reed was going to win another championship with a figurative asterisk on it. By gutting it out in Detroit, any claims of an asterisk are gone. Reed’s doing something no one else could do, and that’s finding a way to hold on to a title that should have fallen out of his grasp.
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