Yamaha's Chad Reed heads into the upcoming Dallas Supercross - round 12 of the 16-race THQ AMA Supercross Series - hoping to become the first rider in series history to win the Texas Stadium event three straight times.
Reed is on a two-race winning streak coming into this Saturday's race and he hopes to keep his momentum going. In 2003 the Australian went on a six-race romp and pushed Ricky Carmichael all the way to the final race in the series championship chase.
Chad is coming off what he described as one of the strangest victories of his career, two weeks ago in Orlando, in which he watched a flying James 'Bubba' Stewart and charging Carmichael both self destruct in front of him - while he rode neatly to take the chequered flag first.
"To win and barely break a sweat was weird," said Reed who rode to his third win of the year in Orlando. "I got a bit fortunate with the mistakes made by the other riders. Every point counts in trying to catch Ricky. I believe I still have a shot at the title. We still have a lot of racing to do and anything can happen."
The win moved Reed past the legendary Jeff Ward to fifth on the all-time AMA Supercross wins list with 21-career victories, but Carmichael still holds a 29-point lead in the series with five rounds remaining, but he's not happy with losing two straight events
"My crash in Orlando was a crazy mistake that I just can not do," said the three-time AMA Supercross champ. "I've been frustrated the last couple of races, but I just have to come back and keep it on two-wheels.
"It seems that Chad comes on strong in the second half of the season and I've got to step up and stop his momentum. People tell me I can win the championship by settling for second, but I don't want to just lay down. It's a bad habit to get into. I'm here to win and I know I can do it," declared the Floridian.
Carmichael will be attempting to give Suzuki their first the Dallas Supercross, which began in 1975. The race is a rematch of sorts between Carmichael and Reed. The two had perhaps the best AMA Supercross race of the 2003 season at Texas Stadium. The riders swapped for the lead close to a dozen times during the 20-lap final. Reed finally opened up a small gap in the latter stages of the race.
Stepping into the mix is Kawasaki's young gun Stewart. 'Bubba' comes to Texas Stadium with the confidence that he can run - and even better - the pace of Reed and Carmichael. He beat Carmichael in a qualifying race in Orlando and built a good lead in the final before crashing.