Cypress, CA (August 8, 2005) ¿ Yamaha Factory racer Chad Reed will undergo surgery this week to remove damaged pins from his hand. Reed, who has ridden with the pins since 1999, aggravated the injury as a result of practice crash on Thursday July 28th at Glen Helen Raceway. Though sore, Reed chose to participate in the X-Games Supermoto event this past week but crashed during qualifying, further injuring the same hand. The excitement for X-Games medal honors and the enhanced exposure for his sponsors fueled Chad¿s desire to compete and ultimately claim the Bronze Medal.
After consulting with doctors and Team Yamaha it was determined that the best course of action is to immediately remove the damaged pins. Reed is scheduled for surgery this Wednesday and will begin rehabilitation soon after. As a result, Reed will miss the remainder of the Outdoor National Series. Reed and the Yamaha Race Team have tentatively set his return for October 7 ¿ 9, 2005 at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nevada.
¿This is the first time I¿ve ever had to miss a race,¿ explained Chad Reed. ¿It will be strange on the weekends when my Yamaha teammates and friends are at the races and I¿m sitting at home. The goal of winning the U.S. Open and 2006 Supercross Championship again will motivate me each day.¿