After Reed completed lap one, he raced past the mechanics’ area, and every single mechanic waved their towel and cheered him in support. Competitor or not, you had to applaud the effort.
“Yeah that was pretty special. And the reaction of the crowd, the whole moto, but for sure that next lap, everyone was so loud. The only time I’ve ever felt anything like that was at my home Grand Prix back in 2001, in Australia. I went down in the first turn and was coming back, and being Australian in my home country, they were cheering me the whole way. I felt like I experienced that again today, and that’s pretty special. Thankful for the fans, they helped me keep my head down and kept me going. The first lap, I put in a pretty good lap, and I think that was all adrenaline. I hit a wall after that. I just had to suffer the whole way through.”
Some estimate Reed fell as far as fifty feet down to the track surface. He landed in the soft, grassy area on the side of the jump, and was able to use some of the natural backside of the jump to absorb the force. As soon as the moto was over, Reed took off his helmet and told his team, “Man, I got so lucky.”
Yes, in a way, but this has become a season of destiny for Reed. If you can make your own luck, he’s made it this year, and perhaps all of his good deeds helped save him from one really bad crash.