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Chad Reed's 2011 season was something of an anomaly to say the least. Setting a precedent, and possibly a new paradigm in Supercross, Sir Speedy cut ties with his factory ride in 2010 and went freelance, creating Two Two Motorsports and racing on a Honda CRF450 as a privateer. He used his own money to fund the program, and sought outside sponsorship dollars from (among others) yours truly, Skullcandy. Despite some setbacks (“we weren't perfect,” remarks Reed, but “we came out smelling like roses”), Chad and the Two Two team had some impressive wins and finished very respectably in second place, an amazing feat considering their unproven status. Proof is in the pudding as they say, and the dessert being served in 2012 comes in the form of a contract relationship with Honda. Two Two will be fully factory supported this season and next, which in itself could solve some of the issues Reed faced last year and put him that much closer to an overall win. Icing the Honda cake are two crucial additions to the Two Two crew: Mike “Goose” Gosselaar and Sergio Avento, who bring their expertise and years of experience to become Two Two's Technical Director and Research and Development Manager, respectively.
photo: Simon Cudby 2011
Privateer racing is nothing new in moto, but at this level it takes on a whole new persona. Reed is the first rider in recent memory to establish a successful non-factory team, and with the addition of Honda's backing, this could spell a shift in team structure across the sport.
If you couldn't see from his jersey, we are excited to announce that Skullcandy will be continuing the relationship with Two Two in 2012. Recently, Transworld Motocross caught up with Reed as he and the team were visiting the famed Castillo Ranch in California for training. Check out what he had to say about the upcoming season.
If this is any evidence, things are looking good for Anaheim and beyond. Welcome back and we're stoked to see what happens on Saturday.