AMA and World Supercross championship contender, Chad Reed, was again left in the wake of James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael in Saturday's Phoenix round.

However, the Yamaha star is still recovering from a testing accident that left him unconscious and with substantial shoulder and collarbone injuries - and is therefore pleased to have kept his 2007 title hopes alive by riding strategically to a pair of third places during the opening AMA rounds.

"As far as I am concerned everything went to plan this evening," Reed said after Phoenix main event. "I did what I had to do and I was happy to be able to stay in touch with the leaders and the championship tonight.

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"The shoulder is healing much better than what we thought at this point and I am confident it won't be too long before I will be running at the front again. It is a long season, there are still 14 rounds to go," Reed stressed.

With four rounds of the world championship and two rounds of the AMA championship now complete, Reed sits third in both series, 7 and 10 points respectively behind leader Stewart, with 'part time' 2007 rider Carmichael in between.

Reed will continue recuperating ahead of round three of the AMA Supercross Series, and round five of the World Championship, which will be held at Anaheim's Angel Stadium on Saturday 20th January.