Chad Reed on Tomac, Roczen and Webb going into 2022 AMA supercross – plus Aldon Baker!
Chad Reed has given his assessment on Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb going into 2022 and says he would like to work with Aldon Baker if he does an AMA supercross at 40!
Speaking in our interview that you can read in full here, the two-time AMA 450 supercross champ opined: “Kenny needs to change something, that’s clear. What that is is to be determined. We have all seen him be so worthy of a supercross championship but fall short on a few minor details. At that level it’s not like he needs to change many things, it’s just maybe one little thing here, one little thing there that will make the big difference.
“Eli I think needed the change, I think there was some bad blood at Kawi. I think a change will be refreshing. Will it be the answer? We don’t know that yet. Webb stepping away from Aldon… I have yet to see anybody leave Aldon and be successful. Nobody has left Aldon and been more successful or as successful as what they were with Aldon.
“Every championship I ever fought for was with an Aldon athlete. So, anybody that has a foot in the door and leaves, everyone has their reasons and that I don’t know but man, I don’t know, history says that it’s not a great move, right? But if you want a longer career you have to acknowledge you can’t sustain that ability of work-out and I’ve never been there, so I don’t know what that is.”
And Reed said he would have liked to have worked with Baker – and still would: “I would have liked too. If I was to do a race next year and this is is not happening necessarily but, I would love to race a race at 40, and I would love to do a bootcamp with Aldon to race that race. Just because for 20 years I raced against him.
“I missed out by one day. At the end of 2010 I left Kawasaki and I called him to see if he would be my trainer because it was when he broke up with Stewart, and the day before Ryan Villopoto called him, so I missed it by one day. It’s one of those things, I don’t regret not working with him but it would be really exciting to work with him for one race. For me it’s not about that sustainability of week after week after week. It’s more just going and understanding and really getting to work with someone who is considered the greatest in that position in our sport.”
You can listen to the full interview here on iTunes or below on Spotify or YouTube:
Article: Jonathan McCready
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