Injured Reed battles to fourth in Washougal

TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racings Chad Reed has courageously ridden to fourth at the Washougal National, despite still suffering from injuries sustained during last weekends spectacular crash at the Spring Creek National.

Reed, who captured headlines across the globe for the incident didn't get the best start in today's opening 30-minute moto. He was buried mid pack but pushed through to finish seventh.

The tenacious Aussie got a much better start in the second moto and battled with fellow compatriot Brett Metcalfe before finishing fourth.

Acknowledging he had nothing left in the tank today Reed said he was looking forward to recuperating during the three week break in the season.

"It was a really tough day today," Reed admitted. "I did the best I could but I struggled out there."

"We now have three weeks until the next event so I have some time to recuperate before we start the run home."

"It's a minor setback but as we have seen this year anything can happen and there are still four rounds and 200 points up for grabs," he added.

After leading the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for seven consecutive rounds Reed has relinquished his lead and now sits third, nine points behind points leader Ryan Villopoto.

Reed will use the three-week break to fully recuperate and test ahead of the Unadilla National on Saturday August 13.

2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship - 450 Class Round Results - Washougal National
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-1)
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-2)
3. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (4-3)
4. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda (7-4)
5. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (6-5)
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (9-6)
7. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha (8-7)
8. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (5-10)
9. Jimmy Albertson, San Diego, Calif., Yamaha (11-9)
10. Michael Byrne, Rockhampton, Australia, Suzuki (10-12)

2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship - 450 Class Championship Standings (after Rd 8 of 12)
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki - 341
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki - 340
3. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda - 332
4. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki - 247
5. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda - 193
6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM - 183
7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM - 178
8. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha - 173
9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki - 159
10. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha - 140