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Australian Supercross Champion Daniel Reardon

Australian Supercross Champion Daniel Reardon

Australian Supercross Champion Daniel Reardon

Photo: [Left] Daniel Reardon in action at Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney in 2015 at the AUS-X Open Motocross ;  [Right] Reardon  on the podium at that event (By Action Plus Sports)

Reardon - Reigning National motocross and Supercross Champ takes on the US

Multiple Australian motocross and supercross champion and international racer Daniel Reardon began his racing career at the age of five while growing up in Logan Village, Queensland.

After finishing the Runner-up in the 2005 Australian MX2 Supercross Masters and National Supercross series, Reardon clinched the crown the following year. Then after moving up in to the premier MX1 class for 250cc machines, he won-back-to-back Australian MX1 Supercross Masters and National Supercross titles in in 2006 and 2007.

One of the highlights of his career was representing Australia at the 2006 Motocross des Nations at Matterley Basin in the United Kingdom, where together with Brett Metcalfe and Cheyne Boyd, Team Australia finished 11th.

In 2007, Reardon won the double – winning both the National MX1 supercross and motocross Championships, after missing out on the 2006 Australian Motocross Championship by just two-points.

Before the close of the 2007 season, after his performance at the Raymond Terrace National Motocross round against Australian international superstar Chad Reed, Reardon was signed to the powerhouse Geico Honda team, to compete in the USA on a CRF250R.

At Raymond Terrace, Reardon took it right up to Reed who returned to Australia for the new National Super-X series and competed in this motocross round, which was not far from Reed’s home town. Everyone thought that Reed would simply dominate the meeting, but the two battled each other furiously in each race with Reardon leading early, then hanging onto the tail of the #22.

The name Reardon instantly came across the desk of US-based teams after he stuck it to Chad that weekend and by mid-October, Dan was racing in the US Open, finishing with impressive 7-4 results over the two nights.

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Reardon's move to the United States

2008 Daniel Reardon in action in the US, racing for Geico Honda - By Peter Coward

Dan secured a factory ride with Geico Honda for 2008, racing against some of the world’s best in the AMA Series. His first year was very impressive, earning four Top 5 placings in the AMA SX West MX2 series, finishing 12th overall, then 11th in the AMA MX2 outdoor MX series.

In the 2009 AMA SX series, he went one place higher, finishing 11th and 23rd in the National motocross, after moving up to the larger 450cc class.

Reardon switched to Yamaha in 2010 and KTM in 2011, but his performances did not match his time with Honda or Kawasaki. While at the pinnacle of the sport, at age 26, Reardon announced his retirement from professional competition in 2012.

Over the past few years, his interest in training and conditioning had been heightened and, losing the passion for racing, he chose to follow a new path in the fitness industry while he had youth on his side.

Photo: Daniel Reardon in action in the US in 2008, racing for Geico Honda (By Peter Coward)

Reardon's racing comeback in Australia

But in 2015, after two full seasons where he never even swung a leg over a race bike, the ‘itch’ to ride started to surface again. A casual invite to ‘come ride a local dirt track event’ near his home on the Gold Coast was all it took to get the four-time Australian MX and SX champ and former American GEICO Honda team member pondering a comeback. And, what a comeback it has been!

When Dan linked up with Craig Dack’s factory-backed CDR Yamaha race team in late February 2015, Reardon won a round of the National Motocross Championships and finished sixth overall in that series, before taking aim on the new-look 2015 Australian Supercross Championship presented by Penrite Oils.

Amazingly, at age 30, Daniel Reardon went on to win the premier National MX1 Championship, his third title in this class and nine years since winning back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.

The following year, he signed up with the MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team to campaign the factory KX450F in the Australian Supercross Championships. After overcoming a dislocated shoulder, which he sustained in the final round of the 2015 series to win, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in July with American Justin Brayton winning the series.

Photo: Reigning Australian SX Champion, Daniel Reardon signed up with MEGA Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team for 2016 (By Peter Coward)

Dan's international career resurrected

Dan Reardon's win in the US - Peter Coward, with Kawasaki team

In 2017, Reardon returned to the United States to once again contest the AMA SX West 250 series, this time finishing seventh overall on a Yamaha – his best overall performance in the United States.

In 2018 and 2019 he returned to Australia to contest the National SX Series, regularly finishing on the podium in both years, with American Justin Brayton winning these Championships and his third in a row. Incredibly, Brayton would go on to win five Australian Supercross titles in a row, despite a two-year break in the event due to Covid-19.

Daniel Reardon today is still active on motorcycles, in recent years competing in Arenacross events in the United Kingdom, as well as performing as a stunt rider/driver in Hollywood blockbusters. In recent years, some of his A list movies include Kong, Mad Max and Elvis.

Photo – After winning the 2007 Australian National Supercross  double in 2007, Reardon forged a career in the US between 2008 to 2011, returning to the States in 2017 after a comeback (By Peter Coward).

Reardon's racing achievements

Multiple Australian Motocross and Supercross Champion Daniel Reardon

Photo:  Multiple Australian Motocross and Supercross Champion and international rider Dan Reardon from Queensland

australia

2004 (Kawasaki)
2nd Australian Supercross Masters MX2 Championship

2005 (Kawasaki)
Australian Supercross Masters MX2 Champion

2006 (Kawasaki)
2nd Australian MX1 Championship
Australian Supercross Masters MX1 Champion
Australian Supercross MX1 Champion
Represented Australia at Motocross des Nations in Great Britain

2007 (Kawasaki)
Australian MX1 Champion
Australian Supercross MX1 Masters Champion

UNITED STATES

2008 (Honda)
11th AMA MX Lites
12th AMA West MX Lites
4 Top 5 placings, including in the opening race at Anaheim 5 January on CR 250cc Honda

2009 (Honda)
23rd AMA MX 450
9th AMA West MX Lites

2010 (Yamaha)
15th AMA MX 450
27th AMA West MX Lites

2011 (KTM)
36th AMA West MX Lites

2012 to 2014
Retired

AUSTRALIA

2015
Australian Supercross MX1 Masters Champion
Australian Supercross MX1 Champion

UNITED STATES

2017
7th AMA West 250SX West
Top 5 placing at Arlington on 11 February on Yamaha YZ250

Video gallery

2009 Dan Reardon MXTV Show Interview about racing in the United States

2018 Supercross Life – Dan Reardon | All out to win SX1  title  – Australian SX Championship

2019 Supercross Life Season 2 | Strong Beginning – Australian SX Championship

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