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Chad Reed wins World Supercross Championship

Chad Reed wins World Supercross Championship

Australian World Supercross Champion Chad Reed

2008 AMA and FIM World Supercross Champion Chad Reed Yamaha - By Olivier de Vaulx
2008 AMA and FIM World Supercross Champion Chad Reed Yamaha - Head shot - By Olivier de Vaulx2008 AMA and FIM World Supercross Champion Chad Reed Yamaha - By Olivier de Vaulx

Photos:  World Supercross Champion – Australia’s Chad Reed won nine rounds of the combined AMA / World Supercross Series in 2008 to win the first combined Championship accredited by the Federation International Motorcycles (FIM) – the sports governing body (By Oliver de Vaulx).

Reed wins the World Supercross Championship

On 3 May 2008, Chad Reed clinched the World Supercross Championship after winning the final round of the 2008 Monster Energy Drink AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas.

Reed, from Kurri Kurri in New South Wales, won the 2008 AMA Supercross Series final at the Sam Boyd Stadium aboard a YZ450F Yamaha, which for the first was also a combined World Supercross Championship, being accredited by the Federation International Motorcycles (FIM).

It was an incredible win for Reed and finish to the Championship as he rode the final four rounds of the 17-round series nursing a broken shoulder.  Reed was the overall leader heading into the final – 10 points ahead of his archrival Kevin Windham – and to win the Championship, he needed to finish within six places of the Honda rider.

Although Reed was cautious at the start of the final and turned the first corner in seventh place in the 20-lap main event, he gradually carved his way through the pack and took the lead on Lap 14.  Reed was never headed and won the race by 6.7 seconds ahead of Windham and another Honda rider Andrew Short.

Reed won nine rounds in 2008 and finished on the podium 13 times – a remarkable achievement given he broke his scapula in Detroit, then later injured his shoulder, which forced him to ride under duress for the final rounds.  It was his third AMA Supercross title, winning the same event in 2004 and earlier the AMA 125 East SX series in 2002.

After being crowned World Champion, Reed returned to Australia to launch the Super X Australasian Supercross Championship, in conjunction with promoters Rush Sports, which debuted in Perth on 4 October.  As well as having an active role in the running of the Championships, Reed also competed in the seven round national series, which he won.

2008 World FIM / AMA Supercross Final Round in Las Vegas and Overall
Standings

FINAL ROUND – 450SX AMA SX LAS VEGUS  (Top 5)

1. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Aust, Yamaha,
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss, Honda
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
4. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Or., Yamaha
5. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda

FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Aust, Yamaha, 365 points
2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 352
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 281
4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 278
5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 228

Monster Energy Supercross – Bar to Bar 2008 World FIM / AMA Supercross Championship recap

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