Reed wins his first THQ AMA Supercross Crown Aussie is first foreign rider in 13 years to win title PICKERINGTON, Ohio (May 3, 2004) -- Yamaha's Australian sensation Chad Reed broke through to win his first THQ AMA Supercross crown in...
Reed wins his first THQ AMA Supercross Crown
Aussie is first foreign rider in 13 years to win title
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (May 3, 2004) -- Yamaha's Australian sensation Chad Reed broke through to win his first THQ AMA Supercross crown in only his second full season in the series. Reed completed an outstanding season with his second-place finish to Honda's Kevin Windham in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Reed's 2004 campaign included 10 victories making him only the third rider in AMA Supercross history, following Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael, to hit the 10-win mark. Reed showed remarkable consistency during the five-month Supercross season making the podium in every round of the 16-race series.
"Winning this championship has been a life-long dream," said an emotional Reed upon being crowned champ. "I thank Yamaha for giving me great equipment all season long. It was a lot of hard work from everybody on the team. I'm real happy to reach this goal. Nothing feels better than the first one. The fans have given me great support here in America and I really appreciate it."
Reed led the standings from the start to finish. He kicked off the campaign with an opening round win in Anaheim on January 3 and never looked back. A three-race winning streak mid-season - including a dominating win at the prestigious Daytona Supercross - boosted Reed to a comfortable points lead. He rode a Yamaha YZ250 throughout the series.
Kevin Windham took second in the series on his Factory Connection Honda CR450F. Windham won five races during the season. The other winner on the year was veteran Mike LaRocco, who took a popular victory in front of his home state fans at the Indianapolis Supercross in March. LaRocco, also on a Factory Connection Honda, was third in the final standings.
"My hat's off to Chad," said Windham. "He was tough all season long and that's what it takes to win championships."
Reed becomes the first Australian to win the AMA Supercross Series. He follows countrymen Troy Corser and Mat Mladin, both AMA Superbike riders, as the third Aussie to win a major American professional motorcycling racing crown.
Reed moved from 15th to seventh on the all-time AMA Supercross wins list this season. His championship marked the ninth AMA Supercross title for Yamaha. It last won the series in 2000 with Jeremy McGrath.