Chad Reed wanted to be a sport bike racer. Raised in Australia and a firsthand witness to the road racing hero Mick Doohan, a teenage Reed worked with numerous teams to trade in his motocross gear for a set of leathers, only to have the deals get shut down at the last minute. “I thought that was going to be my route, too. I always wanted to do it, but mum and dad always seemed to shut it down, always. I would talk to the manufacturer and have it lined up, and then somehow, someway it got shut down,” the now multi-time motocross and Supercross champion said with a smile. We’d say he’s done quite well with this career path, though.
Reed is one of the biggest fans of the premier sport bike series, MotoGP, and is good friends with his pavement racing counterparts/Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. His knowledge on what is actually happening with the bikes and riders is second to none, and he makes it a point to catch as many races in person as possible. In fact, he might even schedule his two mandatory races on the European MXGP circuit this summer around when the MotoGP series is nearby.
Don’t want to sit through the full video? Check back later for a transcription of our chat with Reed.