Heart of a Champion, tough as nails and balls of steel are just some of the phrases the sporting world are using to describe TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing's Chad Reed today after he rode away from the most horrific crash of his career at Round 7 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
The Australian, got off to a good start, winning the opening 450 Class Moto ahead of Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto.
He made another good start in Moto 2 and pulled into the lead but as the field headed for the track's largest jump Reed hit some bumps and was catapulted off his Honda CRF450 into mid-air.
Incredibly, Reed re-mounted and battled back through the pack from dead last to 14th, and sealed fifth overall for the round.
Reed retains the championship and now sits just six points ahead of Villopoto and seven points ahead of Dungey.
"I hit some bumps and the front wheel just went out from under me," Reed explained. "The next thing I knew, I was flying through the air. I'm just happy to still be here.
"It's all about the championship so I wasn't about to lay down and let these guys gain 25 points. I got back on and rode my best to come back from dead last to 14th.
"It was always going to be a fight, and now it's definitely going to be that way but I'm excited for the rest of the races," he added.
While Reed has been cleared of serious injury he will spend the next few days recuperating ahead of next weekend's Washougal National
2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Round Seven - Spring Creek National 450 Class Results:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-1)
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (3-2)
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (5-3)
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (4-4)
5. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda (1-14)
6. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (6-5)
7. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (8-6)
8. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (7-9)
9. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (12-7)
10. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (11-10)
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class Standings (after Rd 7 of 12)
1. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda - 300
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki - 294
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki - 293
4. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki - 209
5. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda - 193
6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha - 173
7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM - 156
8. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM - 151
9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki - 140
10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda - 119