Australian Dan Reardon is returning to the United States in 2017. The former GEICO Honda and MotoConcepts rider announced on his Instagram that he has signed a deal with Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha to contest the 2017 250SX West Region in Monster Energy Supercross.
Steve Matthes first reported that Star Racing was interested in Reardon on his personal @pulpmx Twitter account.
“I'm excited to announce I'll be racing for @starracingyamaha in the AMA #supercross west coast ||| Ever since making the return back to racing, I have wanted to be here, racing the best. I'm very thankful for this opportunity and I can't wait till A1,” Reardon wrote.
The move for Star Racing comes on the heels of Colt Nichols suffering a broken femur while testing in November. There is hope that Nichols can return for the start of the 250SX East Region opener in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 18.
Reardon, who raced supercross in the U.S. from 2008-2011, announced his retirement from racing in 2012. He returned in 2015 and won an Australian Supercross Championship that year. Reardon was much-hyped when he first came here, thanks in part to an Australian National Motocross race in the summer of 2007, when Chad Reed showed up and Reardon battled the multi-time champion hard. This peaked the interest of U.S. teams, leading to a big deal for Reardon with GEICO Honda. He showed a few flashes, but never hit the expected heights, his best 250SX finish being a fourth at the 2008 Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.
When he retired, Reardon did some work as a trainer before returning as a racer.