Cypress, CA (August 16, 2006) – – Yamaha Factory racer Chad Reed will be forced to miss the remainder of the AMA Motocross National Series due to an injury sustained this past weekend. Reed suffered a dislocated shoulder and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday, August 17th.
The factory YZ450F racer, currently second overall in the Championship standings, crashed during the second moto of the Millville National. Battling toward the front, Reed went down in the infamous Millville whoop section, landing on the same shoulder which required surgery prior to the 2004 season.
“It’s always difficult to loose a rider of that caliber in the middle of the season. Reed has soldiered on through the pain this year with other nagging injuries consistently finishing on the podium. For this injury, doctors have determined the only course of action is immediate surgery, explains Yamaha Team Manager, Jim Perry. “We will miss his energy and leadership in the pits and are hopeful he can return with plenty of time to test the 07 YZ’s with his new L&M team prior to next years Supercross season.