Chad Reed finished a close second to James Stewart at round five of the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim at the weekend, but wasn't too disappointed not to win after finally feeling fit after shoulder injuries.
Having being able to complete a full week of training, both on and off the track, the Australian headed to Angel Stadium in good spirits, which were further buoyed when he start the event with lap times matching those of the championship leader. Reed then won his early evening heat convincingly, never being challenged as he led the eight-lap race from start to finish.
Second off the line when the gate dropped in the 20-lap main event, the Yamaha star started to reel Stewart in over the opening laps, before the two riders went wheel-to-wheel, swapping for the lead, through laps four and five. However, having grabbed the advantage, Reed was re-passed in controversial fashion, being sent into the tough blocks, as Stewart regained an advantage he would never lose.
Never more than two seconds behind the leader, Reed also found himself hindered by lapped riders, but continued to reel off lap times that were quicker than those of his nemesis. With eight laps remaining, he mounted a charge and consistently shaved tenths of a second off the gap, but had to accept that he had too few tours to make the chequered flag first, coming home within a second of Stewart, and giving both his fans and the L&M team a great indication that he is nearly back to full fitness.
"As well as my off-track training, we were able to do a lot of work at the test track this week and that's what it takes," Reed said of his chance to get out and train on the Yamaha YZ450F this week, "You need a team that's supportive of you and want to follow in your direction. Everybody has an opinion and you put them together and make a good plan and that's what I was excited about. We made some good choices this week and I think it showed this weekend. That's what it's all about.
"I felt, if the start came my way this week, I could be in the battle. I knew that I could follow James and try to match his pace and see what happened. James made a few mistakes and I was able to get close and make a pass, he passed me back. I was pumped to follow him over the finish line for 20 laps. This weekend was much more promising than it has been in the past weeks."