I've been hanging around motocross tracks for around 40 years. And this past weekend's AMA pro national in Millville, MN delivered some great racing. Former MX champion Chad Reed masterfully won moto one, but in moto two chaos broke loose. Reed was making a high speed approach to the face of a jump, when his Honda violently snapped sideways, catapulting him 50 feet in the air!
Check out the video; it's almost beyond belief. Reed hit hard, but regrouped to pass over 20 riders to finish 14th. He stated that the crash was the scariest of his entire career, but that championships are won on bad days, as well as good.
I'm no longer connected to the sport, but as I watch from afar through race telecasts, I'm becoming a big Chad Reed fan. This Aussie remains hungry to win at every race. He's now racing for his own team (not a factory effort) and is also a family man with kids.
Any form of racing has its risks. This event will keep us sober minded regarding the power and viciousness of the 450cc four-stroke monsters these athletes straddle most every weekend.