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Reed first Aussie to win a World supercross title

Reed first Aussie to win a World supercross title

Reed - first Aussie to win a World Supercross title

2003 THQ World Supercross GP series and finishes second to Ricky Carmichael in AMA Champion Chad Reed won the final round in Las Vegas over Ricky Carmichael
2003 Chad Reed versus Ricky Carmichael in Texas AMA Series
2003 Chad Reed's Factory Yamaha YZ250

Photos  [Left]:  2003 THQ World Supercross GP Champion Chad Reed celebrates his win in the final combined AMA series round in Las Vegas on 3 May over American legend Ricky Carmichael, who won his third AMA SX title in a row; [Top right]  Reed versus Carmichael in Texas; and Reed’s 2003 Factory Yamaha YZ250 (By courtesy ADB).

Chad Reed creates history in 2003 to be Australia's first World Supercross champion

Australian Chad Reed won the final combined round of the THQ World Supercross GP Series / AMA 250 SX Championship in Las Vegas on 3 May 2003.

It was Reed’s seventh race win in a row and eighth for the season aboard his YZ250 Yamaha – very impressive as a rookie in only his second year in the United States, having won the AMA 125cc East Coast Supercross Championship in 2002.

Heading into this final round at the Sam Boyd Stadium, Reed had already clinched the 17 round THQ World Supercross GP Series, but he was 10 points down on AMA series leader – legend Ricky Carmichael. 

The 8-times AMA National SX and MX Champion was going for his ninth title and third AMA SX title in a row.

Reed won the holeshot on his Yamaha in the Main 20 lap final and was never headed. But Carmichael rode a steady race on his Honda behind Reed to gain enough points to secure his ninth National US title.  Another Honda rider Ernesto Fonseca was third ahead of Timmy Ferry (Yamaha) and Larry Ward (Honda) in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Rookie Reed’s dominance in the latter part of the season showed that he would be a force in the US, going onto win multiple World SX Championships and AMA SX and MX National titles.

He finished the 15-round 2003 AMA SX Series with 8 wins, just 7 points behind Ricky Carmichael who finished with 7 wins.

THQ World Supercross GP / AMA series

Final round Las Vegas 3 May 2003

Final Las Vegas Round Results

1. Chad Reed (AUS, Yamaha)
2. Ricky Carmichael (US, Honda)
3. Ernesto Fonseca (US, Honda)
4. Timmy Ferry (US, Yamaha)
5. Larry Ward (US, Honda)

Final RTG World SX GP Series Points

1. Chad Reed (401pts / 9 wins)
2. Heath Vox (261)
3. Timmy Ferry (258)
4. Keith Johnson (251)
5. David Vuillemin (238 / 1 win)

Final AMA SX Series Points

1. Ricky Carmichael (367pts / 7 wins)
2. Chad Reed (360pts / 8 wins)
3. Ernesto Fonseca (225
4. Nick Way (203)
5. Timmy Ferry (195)

Chad Reed - Video gallery

2003 – Supercross Rewind Chad Reed & Ricky Carmichael, Texas Round in April – Monster Energy Supercross

2003 – Final Round of THQ World Supercross GP / AMA series in Las Vegas –  MathewV21688

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