Despite heading into the event still suffering the effects of virus Chad Reed has raced to his fourth consecutive win of the 2008 Super X season, at Sydney's Parramatta Stadium yesterday completing a clean sweep of the new survival format.
An impressive crowd of over 15,000 witnessed the world-wide debut of the new format which saw the 20 rider Super X final field slashed to 15, 10 and finally five through a series of four, five lap races.
The AMA/World Supercross champion topped both practice and qualifying before dominating his heat from start to finish. Reed was once again the fastest man in the shootout and his ride from last to first in the third leg of the survival final brought the enthusiastic crowd to their feet.
The only glitch in Reed's perfect performance was a 15 second time penalty applied for failing himself to push his bike back to the start gate after the first leg of the final.
"It was really fun out there," said Reed. "This is definitely the best of the new formats. "This track was tight and I said starts were going to be important, but the third race I was in the back (last) and made it hard for myself. “For me the 15-second penalty was the most exciting and motivating part of the race, I wanted to make that up time in one race.
Reed will now prepare for the fifth round of the series which will be held at
Wollongong’s WIN Stadium on Saturday 15 November and sees the return
of the traditional 20-lap race final.
Super X Top Ten Results
1 Chad Reed, 25
2 Daniel Reardon, 22
3 Jay Marmont, 20
4 Daniel McCoy, 18
5 Troy Carrol, 16
6 Cheyne Boyd, 15
7 Cameron Taylor, 14
8 Aden De Jager, 13
9 Nathan Brochtrup, 12
10 Nathan Crawford, 11
Super X Top Five Championship Standings
1 Chad Reed, 100
2 Jay Marmont, 84
3 Daniel Reardon, 70
4 Cheyne Boyd, 67
5 Daniel McCoy, 62