Reed wins Budds Creek National

June 20, 2011 11:00am
Mechanicsville, MD - TwoTwo Motorsports Bel-Ray Racings Chad Reed has taken his third 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross overall win at today’s fourth round of the series - the Budds Creek National.

In claiming the top spot on the podium, Reed finished the opening race third before taking his fifth moto win of the year in Race 2.

Despite taking the holeshot in Moto 1 Reed dropped back to fourth before passing Mike Alessi for third. The Australian acknowledging he struggled all race to find his rhythm.

Another good start in the second moto saw Reed go straight on the attack, passing Kevin Windham and Ryan Dungey early on the opening lap. Reed tussled with Alessi for the race lead before making the pass on Lap 4 of the race.

The TwoTwo Motorsports rider, who has won five of the eight moto’s contested so far this season, said he was very proud to have taken the win on America’s Fathers Day weekend.

“I really wasn’t myself this weekend,” Reed said. “I struggled through practice and qualifying, then rode a horrible first race. I felt like had no rhythm at all. The harder I tried the worse it got. I was picking the wrong lines and hitting the corners with too much speed.

“Fortunately I was able to get it together for Race 2 and take home the win. I wouldn’t say my riding was perfect, far from it, but it was a whole lot better than race 1 and I was happy to race a solid 17 laps.

“I need to hit my marks in all races I can’t give these guys anything or they will get away.

“I am proud that we have not lost a second moto this year but I need to work on these opening races,” Reed concluded.  

Today’s victory sees Reed maintain his 15-point lead in the 450cc ranks.

The fifth round of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship - the Thunder Valley National, will be held at Lakewood, Colorado on Saturday June 25.

2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
 - Rd 4 of 12 - Mechanicsville, MD
450 Class Overall Results:
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Villapoto
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Kevin Windham
5. Mike Alessi
6. Brett Metcalfe
7. David Milsaps
8. Jacob Weimer
9. Andrew Short
10. Josh Grant

2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Standings (after Rd 4 of 12)
1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda - 183
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki - 168
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki - 155
4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha - 130
5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki - 118
6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda - 112
7. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki - 93
8. Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha - 92
9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda - 76
10. Andrew Short, , Smithville, Texas, KTM - 75