HOME-GROWN superstar Chad Reed showed his class on the track and helped honour his cousin Craig Anderson off it as the Australian Supercross Championships wrapped up in style in front of more than 10,000 people at Newcastle Showground on Saturday night.
Reed dominated the fourth and final round of the series, winning by almost 25 seconds, but had to settle for third place overall as Wollongong’s Jay Marmont took second spot in Newcastle to seal back-to-back national championships.
Daniel McCoy finished third at Newcastle to second place in the series.
Multiple world and AMA Supercross champion Reed led every lap of rounds at Phillip Island, Townsville and Newcastle but fell short of the title because he missed the opening event at Dubbo, which Marmont won.
But Reed’s focus in the series was finding his race speed again after nine months on the sidelines after a horror crash Dallas in February.
He returns to his Florida home today after showing on Saturday night he is ready to contend in the US next season, which starts on January 5.
‘‘I’ve really found my feet this past week. Coming back home and getting settled in has made me really comfortable and I feel like I am back on track and ready for Anaheim 1 in January,’’ Reed said.
‘‘It was always going to be a challenge to make up the points on Jay – he is a great racer and is a very deserving repeat champion.’’
Before Reed dominated his rivals, he took to the stage to honour another Hunter champion.
Reed presented his cousin, who is stepping back from top-level racing to concentrate on coaching up-and-coming riders and developing his team, with a framed Anderson racing shirt.
Anderson, 34, won 13 national titles and competed professionally in Australia, Europe and the US to blaze a trail for Hunter riders like Reed, two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner and World Superbike racer Broc Parkes. He finished his final top-level race in 15th place.
Seahampton 21-year-old Beau Ralston finished 12th in the 20-man field.