Reed retains Championship lead with third at High Point Raceway

Mount Morris, Pennsylvania -- TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing's Chad Reed has retained the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship lead after a sensational victory in the second 450cc race elevated him to third overall at the High Point National.

The Australian, who was fifth in Moto 1, incredibly rode the majority of the race with a numb left arm after a loose rock was thrown up, piercing him on an old broken collarbone injury.

The Mount Morris track then turned into a slippery mud bath after being pounded by a thunderstorm just prior to the start of the second race.

Reed revelled in the wet, moving past defending champion Ryan Dungey into second on the opening lap of the race.

Riding consistently in the extremely tough conditions, Reed passed Mike Alessi for the lead on Lap 4 and eventually took the race victory 5.8 seconds ahead of Ryan Villapoto.

"I was pumped to get another moto win. It was a real challenge out there today," Reed acknowledged.

"In the first race I took a rock to an old broken collarbone and it pierced me to the bone. My left arm went numb and I really struggled from there.

"The rain made it challenging in the second race. It was so slippery and I ended up having to ditch my googles.

"I knew I had to get into a good pace so I once I got past Ryan I tried to put some good laps in and catch Mike (Alessi). It was a tough day but I salvaged a good result in the last race and I have retained the red plate," Reed concluded.

The team will now turn their focus to the fourth round of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship - the Budds Creek National at Mechanicsville, Merryland on Saturday June 18.

Lucas Oil Pro AMA Motocross Championship Standings (after Rd 3 of 12)

1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda - 138
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki - 123
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki - 111
4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha - 104
5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki - 88
6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda - 76
7. Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha - 72
8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki - 68
9. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha - 65
10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda - 59