One week after a simple mistake resulted in an ankle injury at the 2017 Red Bull Straight Rhythm, Chad Reed has announced the full extent of the damage and plans for recovery. Reed stated last week that the suspension on his rebuilt YZ250 went “metal to metal” after he slightly over-jumped a quad in the track and instantly felt pain in his leg. A visit to a nearby hospital confirmed two fractures to the ankle bone (talus), but Reed was on hand at the event on Saturday afternoon with the assistance of crutches.
In order to help the fractures heal properly and quickly, Reed underwent surgery to place a small plate and four screws in the bone. This will prevent Reed from lining up at the 2017 AUS-X Open race in Australia, which is set to take place in two weeks, but should allow him to resume preparation for the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series shortly after. Reed has told us that he has not garnered any sort of support from a high-level team for 2018 and in an interview with Vital MX last weekend said that he will line up on a Husqvarna FC 450 on his own but in a much different fashion than his TwoTwo Motorsports operation.
I’ve been slow on the unfortunate news in respect to @ausxopen The one race on my calendar I look forward to most is the Sydney @ausxopen This years race was always going to have its challenges but nothing I wasn’t up for Unfortunately my slight over jump last week resulted in two fractures to my ankle (talus) I saw my specialist and the best chance at a healthy fast recovery was to do surgery So unfortunately I won’t be able to compete in in two weeks time BUT I’ll make the trip down to see as many fans as possible As for 2018, The goal remains the same! A1 2️⃣2️⃣