It sent shockwaves through the industry when Chad Reed was spotted aboard an Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing machine last week and most immediately questioned what he could possibly be testing for. It has now been confirmed, however, that he will indeed be lining up at the final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this weekend.
“The opportunity came up last week for me to test the Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450,” Reed said in a team statement. “I immediately felt comfortable with the bike and team. Although I had not planned to be in race shape for another six weeks, it is an opportunity to get out and do what I absolutely love the most, which is race. I haven’t raced a National in three years, but I have those nervous and excited race feelings to be getting back out there. I’m stoked to help their team and sponsors while a few of their riders are out with injuries. I feel like a kid again getting to ride a factory bike and go racing with a highly motivated crew. I hope to see lots of ’22’ fans this weekend!”
Chad Reed last lined up at a round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross a little over three years ago, but did race two rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship two seasons ago.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX