Title focus for honoured Aussie Reed

TwoTwo Motorsports'/Bel-Ray Racing's Chad Reed will cap off one of the most eventful weeks of his professional career this weekend as rallies for another outdoors win at Budds Creek, round 4 of the Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Just a day after his gallant display at High Point, Reed's name rocked mainstream media channels in Australia with the announcement that he had been honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to motorsport and the community on a national and international basis.

Chad Reed AM joins an esteemed few in the motorsport arena, sitting alongside the likes of motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan, off-road motorcycle legend Geoff Ballard and touring car legend Peter Brock.

At 29 years of age, Reed is the second-youngest Australian to receive the AM and admits he was overwhelmed to receive the news of his accolade.

"It's still sinking in and is quite unbelieveable. All I wanted to do as a kid was to ride a motorcycle as fast as I could - you dream of being a professional athlete and I'm fortunate enough to be able to do what I have always loved," said Reed.

"To be recognised with such an award is an absolute honour and one that I will treasure. To join Peter Brock and Mick Doohan on the list is incredible.

"I took a gamble when I was young. At 18 I decided that it was the right time to tackle the world and packed my life up and went overseas to do what I love to do.

"I took a chance and it paid off. It's such a privilege to be able to do what I do, and very humbling to receive this award."

The TwoTwo Motorsports' rider is keeping his aspirations on track for another title -450cc AMA Motocross champion.

He was first to admit that his High Point starts were a letdown, and has placed strong emphasis on getting away from the gates cleanly and quickly during a solid week of practice and training.

"I had mixed results at High Point and have put this down to slow starts," he continued. "This has been a focal point of my training this week, I need to get away from the line well and get into some sort of rhythm early on.

"Last weekend's result could have been better, but it could have been worse. I consolidated in the second moto and kept the points lead alive, and I'm hoping to build on that at Budds Creek."

He currently leads the way in the 450cc ranks, heading last round winner Ryan Villopoto by 15 points.

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