Chad Reed traveled to Australia last week to compete in the inaugural AUS-X Open in Sydney. Reed won the overall Saturday over American Gavin Faith and Australian SX1 Supercross points leader Dan Reardon. On Sunday, Reed was edged out by Cooper Webb.
That's only part of the story right now, though. For Chad, off-season questions have focused on his future, not his performance at a few off-season events. In late summer, rumors of a reborn factory Yamaha team with Reed were hot, but those rumors have grown cold.
Last week, Reed spoke with Yamaha of Australia and confirmed that he will be riding for the brand in 2016. Where? That’s still in question. “My deal is not confirmed… I will be on a Yamaha—where and how? I’m not quite sure yet,” Reed said.
Hard to make much of that, but at least there's a sign that Chad's YZ450F deal for SX might still happen. "Good things are happening, '16 is it a little bit in limbo, but beyond that I think there will be some big things for Yamaha in the U.S.," said Reed.
Reed raced a Yamaha in Australia over the weekend, and was also on one at the Monster Energy Cup in a one-race deal with the brand. He also mentioned on social media that two rounds of the 2016 MXGP series fit into his schedule. What are his plans for the bulk of the U.S. schedule in 2016? Everyone is still in wait and see mode.
Here's a link to the full Yamaha of Australia interview with Chad.