450 Words: Budds CreekTuesday, August 25, 2009 | 12:12 PM
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With this championship — one that seemed impossible as recently as May, when it still wasn’t known if he was going to race outdoors — Reed joins an elite group of riders who have won both the AMA Supercross title as well as a premier-class outdoor championship. Reed’s heavy rival James Stewart is the most recent, then comes Ricky Carmichael (who actually swept both SX and MX on five different occasions). Jeremy McGrath and Jeff Emig are on the list, and Jeff Stanton swept both three different times. Add in Jean-Michel Bayle, Ricky Johnson, Jeff Ward, David Bailey and Donnie Hansen in the eighties, along with Mark Barnett and Johnny O’Mara, even though their outdoor titles were in the 125cc class (although that was the single most competitive class in the early 1980s). And then there are the pioneers: Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, Jimmy Weinert, and Pierre Karsmakers.
Reed’s a champion both indoors and outdoors, and that’s a big deal in this sport. Lots of true legends were unable to do it, including Broc Glover (six total championships), Marty Smith (3), Doug Henry (3), Tony DiStefano (3), Kent Howerton (3), Gary Jones (3), Mike Kiedrowski (4), Mike LaRocco (2), Steve Lamson (2), Grant Langston (2), Micky Dymond (2), and many, many more. And Ryan Villopoto and Ivan Tedesco are still in the process of trying to make it happen.
So congratulations to Chad and also to Roger DeCoster, the team manager who somehow got the company to step up and support Reed’s late decision to go after the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
Well done, Chad.