This week Motorcycling Australia announced the 2018 Motocross of Nations squad and Chad Reed wasn’t chosen after he had expressed that he wanted to be on the team. It is unsure whether Reed completed the Expression of Interest form for the Motocross of Nations, Reed also has a history of being vocal on social media and he hasn’t disappointed fans.
“I’d like to add some info to my MXoN post yesterday after seeing some industry posts,” stated Chad Reed on Instagram. “I refused comment to all media. Creating that post made me smile with all those MXoN pictures. The memories instantly made me feel extremely proud. The MXoN is always marked on my calendar (19yrs now) The race being in the USA I immediately wanted to race!
Representing Australia one last time in the USA where I have built my dream for the past 17 years seemed like an epic way to finish it off.
Time was on my side to put in the effort required. I didn’t ask to be on the team because of current MX results- I asked for that special moment and I personally feel I’ve earned that chance.
If @motorcyclingaustralia is focused on a winning team Why would they put the 2nd round of The Aussie SX championship on the same date.
Questioning my current form and my lack of MX racing? I understand. But the conversation behind closed doors was that I would be putting in that effort. I’m not up for embarrassing myself or the team. I didn’t forget how to ride a motorcycle. But u have to be fit to get after it.
Though 2018 SX was the most difficult and unsuccessful racing of my career – I’ve been working hard to get myself back in shape after my injury. I am so motivated to get there and I will continue that.
It’s my opinion that there is no current Australian outside of Dean Ferris that could beat me with the effort I am putting in.
I question @byrner26 decision. But with that said I have accepted it, shifted my focus and I am happy to pass the torch. It has been a pleasure 🇦🇺
I’ll keep focusing on Project 2019 onwardsandupwards #focused #australia #sydney” Concluded Reed.
It is interesting that Chad bought up the date of Round 2 of the 2018 Australian Supercross Series which is slated for Coolum, Queensland. The debate would end up being they are two different disciplines, being Motocross Vs Supercross, however, Chad does make a valid point. Yeah, it is only three riders (not including the pit crew and managers), so why change the date, but maybe it would be better for the sport if the Australian Supercross Series started later, like maybe November?
Williams Event Management, who is the promoter of the Australian Motocross Series has the similar dates each year April to August, then riders are asked to change rhythm from Motocross to Supercross in 4 weeks. Sure a factory rider can do that, they have the infrastructure to do so, the bonus of being on a factory team. However, for the privateer, it is a nightmare, waiting for the suspension to be adjusted for Supercross and relying on Australia’s pathetic postal system doesn’t make things easier. Next thing, two weeks of no bike time if a rider is on a tight budget is gone, and an athlete has two weeks to prepare for an Australian Championship, plus if an athlete is carrying an injury from motocross four weeks to heal doesn’t cover many injuries.
With Chad bringing up the date conflict, on a technicality, the time difference the event doesn’t clash. However, what does the conflict do to the sport in Australia? Does it demonstrate in Australia that athletes just want to ride, that don’t want to watch?
While being laid up on the couch with cartilage injections into the troublesome knee of KAJX, KJ has been watching some old school biography films. In every case, such as ‘Race’ the story of Jesse Owens, an athlete’s ability grew a following, and people came to see the man run. In our excellent sport of Motocross, it is hard to get mainstream media attention, and when the sport does the media uses words like daredevil and speed freak, our sport has gifted individuals, an athlete that makes sacrifices, that eats healthy, and more than often is frowned upon in the Education System as they just ride bikes. If only teachers understood, the reaction time required on a motorcycle, the diet that allows an athlete to perform at their best, then our athletes are thrown into a system which is boring and not challenging, plus with the negative stigma around motorcycling and bikie gangs (also referred to Motorcycle Clubs) what chance do our athletes have to grow? The powers that be need to start working together to improve our sport, to promote it and its athletes, to communicate between bodies/groups/promoters, instead of just butting heads and ego getting in the way.