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“Say it ain't so, Chad”


Chris Cooksey

“Say it ain't so, Chad”

As the Monster Energy Supercross series winds down the battle for the Championship Title heats up between Dungey and Tomac.  Unfortunately, Chad Reed cost the fans a chance to witness the two best Monster Energy  Supercross riders go at it on a track that was challenging and  designed for good racing.  Chad was apparently upset at Dungey for coming over on him during the start in Detroit, along with his comments after the heat race.  I have watched Detroit several times and don't see anything other than guys funneling into a tight first turn, I call Detroit a racing incident.  Reed started his assault on Dungey during the heat race by crossing the whoops in front of Dungey on the first lap.  I am of the opinion that whoops are like big jumps, riders are committed and this is not a section to get aggressive.  The riders are in 3rd or 4th gear wide open and changing directions can cause them to drop a wheel which ultimately could be catastrophic.  Now if a 250 rider made that move I might chalk it up to inexperience, but as a seasoned veteran Reed knew better.  The move before the finish line was aggressive, maybe a little too rough for a heat race but I didn’t have an issue with the move.   

If this were a car race Reed would have been black flagged in the Main.  I know I have been very critical of John Gallagher, but as the FIM Competition Director this behavior falls under his jurisdiction.  I would like to know where he is viewing the race from along with how many other officials have eyes on the track.  If he is trying to do the job by himself, he is doomed to fail as it is impossible for one person to see everything.  Mr. Gallagher should have been on high alert after the heat race incident between Reed and Dungey, while not many people anticipated Reed blocking Dungey, Mr. Gallagher or someone in his crew should have noticed this and black flagged Reed.  Due to the inconsistency of punishments handed out lately I understand the hesitation, but something should have been done.  I would sit Reed out for Seattle, a similar punishment to Kyle Chisholm when he blocked Reed in 2009.  With millions of dollars and the prestige of a Supercross Championship on the line, it’s perplexing Reed chose this move.  If the Championship is decided by under 6 points many will look back on this moment in infamy. 

With four rounds left the intensity is as high as any series I can remember with so many questions to be answered in both classes.  Who will be champion?  Will mud be a factor?  Will somebody other than Reed play spoiler?  Will we see team tactics?  Is this Dungey's last season?  Will Joey Savatgy ever smile?  Can Mcelrath make up the points lost to Hill in Dallas?  Will Forkner get a win?  Will the mixed East/West shout out decide both 250 titles?  Whoever says Supercross isn't exciting clearly isn't paying attention.  We have drama both on and off the track, stay tuned!

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Yeah! Agreed! He should have been Black Flagged, suspended, and fined. And it leads to another criticism of FIM racing officials. (Why do we need the FIM anyways?) I hope if he's allowed to race Seattle that the fans boo him, like they used too, he deserves at least that.

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I don't think Chad done anything wrong, it was an exciting Heat Race, and the blue flag means hold your line, not pull over and let the leader pass, maybe once or twice Chad did not hold his line but that could have been because of the bike not tracking straight. I hope I am right anyhow, like you said Chad should know the difference in this.

 

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1 hour ago, Robert Martin Dawe said:

I don't think Chad done anything wrong, it was an exciting Heat Race, and the blue flag means hold your line, not pull over and let the leader pass, maybe once or twice Chad did not hold his line but that could have been because of the bike not tracking straight. I hope I am right anyhow, like you said Chad should know the difference in this.

 

lol youre hilarious!

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The heat race was one thing, they were just racing. The main on the other hand is what pissed me off. Reed (and I am a fan) should have never gotten involved with the race leaders. Unless he was up front and competing for 1, 2 or 3. As far as to why Reed choose to screw Dungey in the Main, bad blood is bad blood but come on Chad, you're a better person than that. I'd expect crap like that out of Malcom Stewart or Barcia. 

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Chad Reed was in 16th place in the Main. He is a 35 year old veteran who has been racing his whole life and a 2 time Supercross Champion himself... Let that sink in. Say what you will about the Heat race but he knew exactly what he was doing in the Main. Dungey called him immature and then Reed went out and proved him to be correct. This is sad for so many fans that look up to Reed including myself. If he would have done that to anyone on the track it would of been just as disgraceful.

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I agree about Reed's behavior holding up the leaders... doesn't matter if it's Dungey or anyone else, it's wrong.  Chad is a good enough rider to avoid this kind of crap.  Besides, I thought Reed was a good sportsman...?  Isn't that why he has so many fans?
Anyway, I also agree that the FIM officials are sleeping on the job.  They really need to do better.  Besides thee Reed incident, here is another example... Watch the trackside official at 3:41 in this video (that's the slow-motion replay)... the leaders are coming his direction and he nearly gets plowed because he's not paying attention: 

What the hell is that official looking at?

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