Reed fights off stomach bug to take third at Anaheim

TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed has finished a credible third place at the fifth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium today.

The Australian, who was struck down with a stomach bug in the days leading up to tonight’s event, struggled throughout practice and qualifying.

While he wasn’t able to push as hard as he would have liked, Reed rode two solid races finishing his heat second before taking third in the ‘Main Event’.

“I was happy with third tonight as I have been throwing up the last few days and just felt awful,” Reed said.

“Today was tough, I tried to honour all my fan and sponsor obligations but I felt wiped out.

“In the main I got a good start and passed Ryan (Villopoto) for the lead on the opening lap. He passed me back and then I lost a spot to James (Stewart).

“I tried to put the pressure on him towards the end of the race but I just didn’t have anything left in the tank,” Reed added.

Reed will recuperate ahead of the sixth round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at San Deigos’s Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday February 11 (AUST Sunday February12).

**Monster Energy AMA Supercross Results: Anaheim **

**1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki **
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
**3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda **
4. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
5. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
6. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
7. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
8. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki
9. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Season Standings (after Rd 5 of 17)

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 108
**2. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 105 **
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 103
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 95
5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 73
6. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 71
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 59
8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 57
9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 56
10. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 53