News 2 Apr 2020

Retirement tour of Reed to potentially extend into 2021

Part-time campaign on the agenda for retiring former 450SX champion.

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The retirement tour of Chad Reed could extend into 2021 on a part-time basis as the current Monster Energy Supercross season remains suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

Reed isn’t convinced that organizers will be able to complete the remaining seven rounds as intended, but indicated that he’s considering lining up at selected rounds next year regardless.

With the pandemic bringing professional sports to a halt globally, the 38-year-old’s ‘One Last Ride’ tour have been disrupted following 10 of a scheduled 17 rounds. He has also been planning further sportscar appearances in an extension of his Mountain Motorsports association.

“My personal opinion, I don’t think we’re going to get back racing this season and, if we do, it’s probably going to be like one race,” Reed told Autoweek in an interview this week. “But I also believe that good things come out of bad things.

“Maybe this puts me in a position to want to come back for more races next season. My professional career is wrapped up, but there is nothing stopping me from coming back for a handful of races. I was going to do that anyway, so maybe I add more now.”

Aboard privately-run Honda machinery, Reed recorded his strongest finish of the season with 13th position at Daytona directly prior to the stoppage, matching his score from Arlington two rounds earlier.