PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 20, 2004) -- Chad Reed has been looking for a breakthrough win in the 250 class of the AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship. The 22-year-old Australian may need to look no further than the upcoming round at Kenworthy's ...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 20, 2004) -- Chad Reed has been looking for a breakthrough win in the 250 class of the AMA Chevrolet Motocross Championship. The 22-year-old Australian may need to look no further than the upcoming round at Kenworthy's Motocross Park in Troy, Ohio, on July 25. The Kenworthy's circuit, built on a flat flood plain, is full of artificial jumps and is essentially a long outdoor version of a supercross track. Reed is the defending AMA THQ Supercross Series champ and is hoping to put his Yamaha on top of the podium this weekend.
Reed has been remarkably consistent in AMA Motocross this season. He's finished on the podium at every race and was runner-up to defending 250 champ Ricky Carmichael three times. Yet despite his success Reed is not happy about playing second fiddle to Carmichael. He doesn't necessarily see the Kenworthy's circuit as a particular benefit to him.
"Obviously, since I'm supercross champ, people are asking me about my chances at Troy," Reed said. "Maybe there will be some advantages for me, but ultimately it's still a motocross race. It's a long, grueling pair of motos on a rough track in heat and humidity, so while the track may have man-made jumps that's about where the comparisons with supercross ends. I still have some work to do to be able to compete with Ricky on outdoor circuits. If I could breakthrough and earn a victory at Troy that would be great, but my goal is to be able to compete for the win every week."
Carmichael is coming off yet another win last week at Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, N.Y. With that victory Carmichael has reached the mid-point of the season without a loss. Many are already asking if Carmichael thinks he can turn in another undefeated season as he did in 2002.
"That's something I don't want to worry about right now," said Carmichael, who is shooting for his fourth-straight 250 win at Kenworthy's. "I've done that once already. I think it was a pretty rare thing and there would be too much pressure to worry about that this early in the season. My goal is winning the championship. Anything beyond that is just icing on the cake."
Kawasaki's James Stewart rebounded from a crash a few weeks ago in Buchanan, Mich., and won his fifth race this season at Unadilla. Stewart won at Kenworthy's in 2002, his rookie season, and is the heavy favorite to win again on Sunday.
"I'm ready for Troy," said Stewart. "I got a win there two years ago and I'd like to get another one. If it's the last race it would be cool to go down in history as the last 125 national winner there."
Yamaha of Troy's Mike Brown is another past 125 winner at Kenworthy's. Brown will be eager to win again for his team which is based just a few miles away from the Kenworthy's track.
Both the 250 and 125 races will be televised nationally on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 31, starting a 5 p.m. Eastern.
For additional information contact Kenworthy's GP Club at (937) 335-4763 or visit the website www.kenworthysmxpark.com.