Chad Reed becomes fifth Supercross winner in eight races

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Veteran racer and former double champion Chad Reed has become the fifth rider to win from the first eight races of the 2015 FIM Supercross World Championship. The Australian led from flag to flag to take the win by over a second from a late charge by championship leader Dungey.

"It has been a long year for me. I always say you have to give yourself a good start to give yourself a shot at the win, and that is what I did tonight. I am excited to come back here next weekend and race for a win. I need to thank the team though. When the going gets tough, good teams dig deep, and they did that and gave me the tools to win.”

However, the real winner on the night was Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey, who continued to extend his championship lead as his main rivals struggled behind him.

Ken Roczen was an early victim of the night, crashing out in practice and badly hurting his leg, before then crashing again during the race to finish back in eighteenth. Eli Tomac also had a bad night, crashing out of a strong top five to finish in twentieth.

The series will return to the Georgia in Atlanta this weekend for the first double header of the season, albeit on a much-modified track within the 52,000 seater American football stadium.

450SX Class Results: Atlanta

  1. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  3. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
  4. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda
  5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
  6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
  7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki
  9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
  10. Josh Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki

450SX Class Season Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 174
  2. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda, 149
  3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki, 143
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 115
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 114
  6. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda, 111
  7. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 110
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 99
  9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 94
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 78

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer