25 May 2010 Kawasaki’s Chad Reed Takes Season Opener

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed jumped out of the gate early and won the first moto of the season and then came from mid-pack in the second moto to take the overall win at Hangtown.
His teammate Nick Wey went 18-18 for 19th overall. In the 250 class, Christophe Pourcel also went 1-3 in the motos, but the French rider earned second overall on his KX250F. Jake Weimer went 4-8 for fourth overall, Dean Wilson finished sixth overall after going 10-4 and Tyla Rattray went 8-16 for 11th overall. In the WMX class, Kawasaki’s Sara Price battled a shoulder injury to finish 6-17 and 11th overall.

After missing most of the supercross series due to injury, Reed started the outdoor season off on the right foot grabbing the holeshot in the first moto and never looking back as he led wire-to-wire on his KX450F.

“Getting out front was key today,” said Reed. “I’m glad I was able to get the win for Monster Energy Kawasaki. We started testing our outdoor bike last month and it feels great. This championship is very important to me and starting off with a win is what I needed to do.”

Pourcel picked up this outdoor season where he left off last year by winning the first moto at Hangtown. It wasn’t an easy victory by any means as Pourcel made a last lap pass to retake the lead. In the second moto, Pourcel finished third after making a late pass on his teammate, Wilson, to claim second overall.

“The track was difficult today,” said Pourcel. “I was riding well up front and then I went down. I wasn’t nervous at all; I just did what I needed to get back up to the front. The last lap was fun and it was good to make the pass.”

Reed slowly, but steadily, picked his way through the field after getting a mid-pack start in the second moto. The Hangtown track is notoriously hard to make passes on and 2010 was no different. Reed was one of the few riders to make up any serious ground during the moto, moving up to third and earning enough points to take the overall win.

“The second moto was a lot more difficult,” said Reed. “This track makes it hard to get by anyone so I knew I had my work cut out for me. I wanted to get the overall win and I knew I needed to get up to third so I pushed to get there.”