The AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Suzuki team has announced that Chad Reed will race the 2018 Monster Energy Cup with support from the team. Reed and the North Carolina-based crew have formed a close bond over the last year or so, which recently resulted in Reed racing the final round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Ironman. In the weeks since then, Reed has stayed aboard the yellow bikes and has shared footage of him riding Supercross tracks at the team’s facility on the East Coast.
We spoke with Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht at the Ironman Motocross round about the future between Reed and the team. At that time Albrecht was hopeful that something could be worked out that would bring Reed under the factory tent for the 2019 Supercross season, but Albrecht made it clear that it would require additional support from sponsors to pay for the cost.
As of now, the AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Suzuki has three confirmed riders for 2019 with Justin Hill and Weston Peick racing the full season in the 450 class and Alex Martin race the full season in the 250 class, but there are three more spots left to be filled in the 250 class.
The press release from the team is posted in full below…
The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team announces that two-time 450 Supercross champion Chad Reed will contest the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday, October 13th. Reed will be racing a Suzuki RM-Z450 and vying for the $1 million bonus of winning the richest Supercross race in the sport.
Chad Reed contested the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship finale at Ironman Raceway for the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team. The 36-year-old holeshot a moto and finished 5-8 for eighth overall. Reed has since spent several weeks testing the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 at JGRMX's Supercross track in North Carolina. The Australian is in great form and very comfortable on the Suzuki RM-Z450. This led to the mutual decision between rider and team to contest the Monster Energy Cup. Fourth on the all-time Supercross wins list, with 44 main event victories, Reed is eager to make a statement on the hybrid-style Supercross track.
"My experience with the team at the Ironman National was awesome," stated Reed. "The race went better than I personally thought it would, because I wasn't in 100 percent race shape. I achieved my personal goals. Since that time, I have continued to work with the team and help test the Suzuki RM-Z450. I'm enjoying the bike and team. I am looking forward to racing the Monster Energy Cup."
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager Jeremy Albrecht is excited to continue working with one of the sport's most decorated athletes. "Chad Reed has been outstanding to work with. He has proven to be a valued addition to our testing program with the Suzuki RM-Z450. I'm eager to see Reed race in Las Vegas, and I think we will turn heads. This should be fun."
In addition to racing, Chad Reed will be on hand to sign autographs and meet fans at the Suzuki display during the sixth annual AIMExpo, which will be held at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Convention Center. He will be joined by Weston Peick, who recently inked a contract extension with the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team