TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed has officially withdrawn from the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series because of injuries sustained in a crash Saturday at the Dallas Supercross. Reed flew to California for evaluation on Sunday. Initial scans show the Australian has torn his left ACL, broken his left tibia and fibula, broken two ribs and has a broken vertebra T6.
The crash happened while the former two-time champion was battling points leader Ryan Villopoto on lap seven of the main event. On his Twitter feed, Reed said he hurt less after his famous crash at Millville, Minn., last summer when he was ejected from the bike at more than 25 feet in the air.
"To say I am hurting right now would be a major understatement," Reed said. "I am just trying to figure out what hurts more, the injuries or the fact that I am going to be out for a while with knee surgery."
Reed, the winner of round three at Dodger Stadium was second place in the standings coming into Dallas, six points out of the lead. He came up short and his front wheel dove into a sandy section of the course, flipping him over the bars. Reed tucked his head but his body was drilled into the ground. His left boot was caught on the foot peg during the somersault. Reed is still in California waiting for the swelling on his knee to go down so doctors can perform surgery.
"This is bitterly disappointing," he said. "I felt like I had everything in my corner this time. I've never felt more comfortable, from the bike and team to my riding. I was genuinely in a position to fight for race wins week in week out and expected to be going to Las Vegas for a shot at the title.
Reed said he is aiming to return for the outdoor season but will re-evaluate that goal after his surgery.