Chad Reed: Uncut

Chad Reed is not one to shy away from telling the truth on a subject. The Australian rider is known for placing his heart on his shoulder and has become a fan favorite for his “this is how things are” interviews and social media interactions. So it comes as no surprise that he has been critical of his 2013 performances, which have been below the two-time Supercross champion’s expectations. Reed and the TwoTwo Motorsports team have been winless through the first 12 rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross season, the longest drought of the veteran’s career. He and the team were unable to mesh with the new Showa SFF Air Fork and after chasing settings for weeks, reverted back to their previous traditional package. The mood in the TwoTwo camp improved after the switch but Reed was still slightly off the pace and coming in to Toronto, there was word that Reed would make an major announcement regarding his season. Many expected it to be retirement, but Chad and his wife, Ellie, dispelled the rumors and vowed to continue racing.  Just before the night’s racing took place,  it was finally revealed that Reed would undergo surgery to further fix the knee he damaged in his 2012 season-ending Dallas crash and possibly miss a few rounds to prepare for the coming Nationals. We were able to grab Chad following the main event for a few minutes to discuss the need for surgery and if retirement is eminent, and in true Reedy style, he answered each question without hesitation.