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In his heat race, Reed led early only to have bike trouble, as his rear brake pedal kept jamming with mud. He was passed by Tim Ferry and could have accepted a simple qualifying position for the main. Instead, he threw caution to the wind and decided to go back after Ferry even without complete control of his brakes. In a sign of true grit, he took the win.
But Honda men Kevin Windham and Davi Millsaps actually logged faster lap times than Reed during the qualifiers. Both could deploy their height, strength and smoothness to full effect on the muddy San Francisco track. They got out front in the main event, and it looked like a red rider would surely claim the evening’s victory.
Reed just wouldn’t accept that, though. He methodically worked up to third place, and then started jumping the big triples. It was a risk, but one well worth taking since he closed in on the Honda men, and then passed them as they faltered. Once Reed had the lead, he rode pretty darn close to flawless considering how tough the track was—certainly better than the competition that was crashing and flipping and sliding all over the place.
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