MOTOCROSS: Nations event - Carmichael sympathises with Reed

CARMICHAEL SYMPATHISES WITH REED One of the World's greatest Motocross racers, American Ricky Carmichael, has sympathised with Australia's Chad Reed who could not compete in the Motocross of Nations due to a shoulder injury. Reed was forced...

CARMICHAEL SYMPATHISES WITH REED

One of the World's greatest Motocross racers, American Ricky Carmichael, has sympathised with Australia's Chad Reed who could not compete in the Motocross of Nations due to a shoulder injury.

Reed was forced to withdraw from the Australian team several weeks ago after crashing in America and needing shoulder surgery.

A similar thing happened to Carmichael in the last round of the AMA Motocross Championships, and the champion rider was forced to pull out from this event -- his favourite on the calendar.

Despite going through an almost identical event ending injury, Carmichael told Motorcycling Australia that he had yet to catch up with Reed to discuss their similarities.

"I haven't seen Chad that much -- I think he is in Australia now, or was and I don't know where he's at, but we do have the same, or a similar injury," he said.

"Both to the shoulder, and I don't know the extent of his injury, but he keeps pretty quiet, and I haven't talked to him since I saw him at the last race in America."

Carmichael said that he doesn't have that much contact with Reed, even when they are riding together in the States, but they do occasionally catch up with a quick hello.

"Once in a while I say hey to him and we chat about this and that.

"We have no problems with each other and I talk to him. I talk to him over a weekend when we are at a meet and we do chat every now and then."

Despite Carmichael's injury, the American team dominated the qualifying sessions with both James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto winning the MX1 and MX2 classes, while Ivan Tedesco finished second in the Open class.

-credit: www.ma.org.au

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