For some reason we always think of Seattle as the home to things like Starbucks, the Seahawks and the Space Needle. For whatever reason, we didn’t think that the city would host a round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series that would cause so much drama, especially with all of this drama happening in the first lap of the 450SX main event.
It’s amazing sometimes how our lives can change in just a short amount of time. For Chad Reed, his life went from celebrating not only the pretty good season that he had going in 2019, but as well, he and his family were still in “Happy Birthday” mode after enjoying Chad’s 37th birthday just a week ago. However, that all changed on the opening lap of the main event when he inadvertently spun his rear wheel on the downside of the first jump of a difficult Seattle rhythm section. The sudden loss of traction threw Reed’s Suzuki sideways off the following jump and caused him to case the jump after that, too. With Reed off balance and out of control, he then went careening across the track, fell, and then a moment later got landed on by Kyle Chisholm who had nowhere to go. The end result for Reed was eight broken ribs, a fracture scapula, a collapsed lung, and some fractures in his back. It was a crushing blow for Reed and the solid season he had going. Will we see him racing next year? Let’s hope so as the final post he made prior to leaving his Seattle hospital bed was that he’s going to do everything he can to race the season finale in Las Vegas in just six short weeks.
With Reed and Justin Brayton down on the track, main event race leader Marvin Musquin came around on his second lap to a sea of yellow and red cross flags. For whatever reason, Musquin slowed a little but still jumped his way through the section. This, of course, is not allowed. When the race was over, Musquin was still given the win but was docked seven championship points. With just five rounds remaining in the 2019 series, Musquin is now 14-points behind his teammate Cooper Webb. Yes, it was a strange night in the Emerald City, one that will certainly not be forgotten any time soon. Will Musquin be able to make up the points he lost? Have we seen the last of Chad Reed? Only time will give us the answers to these important questions. Before we turn the page to this weekend’s Houston SX, let’s look at some incredible James Lissimore photos from Saturday night in Seattle.