Chad Reed Signs With Kawasaki


After winning this year’s Motocross series, and finishing a close second behind James Stewart in the Supercross series, Chad Reed has switched from Suzuki to Kawasaki.

Monster Energy Kawasaki has signed the four-time AMA champion to compete in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross championships. Reed joins Ryan Villopoto on Kawasaki’s factory team. Both riders will race the KX450F.

“Chad is going to bring a lot to our team,” Mike Fisher, Monster Energy Kawasaki team manager, stated in a press release. “He has proven to be the most consistent rider this decade, and his record speaks for itself. We have high expectations for both Chad and Ryan, and I know they are going to do their best to meet them.”

Reed returns to a green bike after having ridden for the Kawasaki European Factory Team in 2001 where he won the Dutch Grand Prix. In the eight years since, the 27-year-old rider has amassed an impressive resume: an AMA Supercross Lites East Coast crown (2002), two AMA Supercross titles (2004 and 2008), and, most recently, the 2009 AMA Motocross championship.

“The Kawasaki KX450F is a great bike,” Reed stated. “I have already had a chance to ride it, and I’m really impressed.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine