Chad Reed Gets Bad News

Cycle News Staff | February 9, 2014
Chad Reed suffers broken scapula  collarbone and T1 vertebrae from San Diego Supercross crash.

Chad Reed went down hard in last night’s San Diego Supercross at Qualcomm Stadium, the Australian suffering a broken scapula, collarbone and T1 vertebrae. Despite all that, the TwoTwo Motorsports team owner/racer says he will attempt to race in the Dallas Supercross in six days.

Reed was battling for third with Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen when he clipped the rear wheel of the German’s bike, causing him to crash hard in the whoops.

After the race Reed was transported to a nearby hospital for X-rays and was held there overnight. There wasn’t much of an update on Reed’s condition except through Reed’s Twitter feed earlier today, saying that he was checking out to go to a different hospital.

“Thanks for all the support and prayers,” Reed said via Twitter. “Still not 100 percent sure what’s up…Trying to check myself outta hospital so I can go get scans, X-ray and MRI. I’m not confident in this hospital. So I’ll let y’all know when I know more.”

After his second hospital visit, Reed had some news to report on his condition. Unfortunately it was not great news – the broken scapula, collarbone, and T1 vertebrae.

“Explains the pain I guess,” Reed wrote on Twitter. “Sometimes things don’t make sense. It’s that love-hate relationship you have with racing. But every Saturday night they drop the gate. In six days I plan to be there! Thanks for all the prayers hope to make y’all proud.”

Rarely is there good timing for a racer to get injured, but in Reed’s case it comes right in the middle of his resurgence. He went into San Diego with two wins this season and was only two points down on the championship leader Ryan Villopoto. But Reed didn’t lose touch in San Diego, dropping only one position in the standings. He is now six points behind Roczen and 15 points down on Villopoto.