Race rhythm integral to first win, says Reed

With 90 career AMA podiums under his belt, Australian Supercross star Chad Reed is hopeful of ending his run of second place finishes and grabbing a win at the fifth round of the championship at San Fransisco's AT&T; Park this Saturday.

The two-time champion has form and focus on his side, but has struggled to convert this to victory in 2009.

While no other rider has been able to match his lightning-fast lap times, a series of first-corner incidents have left Reed languishing mid-pack or worse and faced with a tough fightback.

Siding with a consistent approach has paid dividends however - Reed still leads the title chase by a handy 9 points after four rounds.

"I'm not getting the starts I need to at the moment so its even more important that I ride hard and smart once the race gets underway," said Reed.

"I'm pushing as hard as I can, trying not to make mistakes. Points are very important at this stage of the championship and the consistent approach is working very well.

"I'm as fit as I've ever been and know that if I can find a good rhythm early I will be hard to beat to the chequered flag."

Reed will do battle with championship rivals as the gate falls on the 20-lap Main Event on Saturday night.

"This year's field is one of the best yet - there's a lot of guys out there with something to prove," he added.

"In saying that, Rockstar Makita Suzuki is on top of its game and there's no other team I would rather defend my title with.

"The progress we are making with the RM-Z450 is amazing, I'm enjoying a hands on approach working with engineers and I hope to reward the hard work with a win this weekend."

AMA Supercross Season Standings after Round 4 of 17

1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki, 86
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 77
3. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 77
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 71
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 68
6. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahasse, Fla., Honda, 62
7. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 56
8. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 53
9. Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, Calif., Suzuki, 46
10. Davi Millsaps, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 42