Two-time Supercross champion Chad Reed is only three races into the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, but the fourth event at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Saturday is just as crucial as any other.
“I believe you have to be consistent, but I think you’re going to have to win races,” Reed said. “When I go back and rewind my career, I’ve always been consistent and that’s never been an issue. But the years I’ve lost championships [is] where I only have won like two or three races.”
There have been three different winners in the three races and with Reed’s win last week in Los Angeles, he is already one win away from tying his total from a season ago, a total that he doesn’t believe will earn him a third championship.
“That magic number has to be up at five wins,” Reed said. “We’ve got a long way to go.”
Reed last won a championship in 2008 and has finished second twice in the past three seasons, but the win last week has given him a boost of confidence.
“It gives you perspective that you can still win and that the changes that you’re making are working out,” Reed said. “You’re going to hear the riders talk about ‘it’s so important to get a good start.’ It’s a matter of being there week in and week out and you have to win. That’s what’s exciting for me this year.”
Justin Brayton, who is in his third Supercross season, is pacing himself, but is always excited for the riders’ only trip to the Bay Area.
“There’s something about coming up here that lights a fire under everybody and you really want to do well,” Brayton said. “[I] personally look forward to coming to a track like this, softer dirt.”
This will be the second straight year the event will be at the O.co Coliseum and Mother Nature had her way and rained on the event a year ago.
This year, despite the rain early in the week, it should remain dry on Saturday, which some of the riders are looking forward to.
“There’s something about this race. You put it on a pedestal. It’s one of the races throughout the year you really want to do well at,” Brayton said. “Whenever it’s on the schedule, you’re like, ‘Ah, man, I hope it doesn’t rain up there,’ but it looks like we’re going to have an awesome race this weekend.”
IF YOU GO
WHERE: O.co Coliseum, Oakland
SCHEDULE: Practice qualifying, 12:30 p.m.; main show, 7 p.m.