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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 492

For 37 years, Australasian Dirt Bike magazine has been the definitive source of information for off-road motorcyclists – from beginners wondering where to ride and what gear to wear, to seasoned riders getting their monthly fix of racing action and bike hot-up advice. The stories cater to junior riders, ’weekend warrior’ trail riders, full-blown racer-heads and the technically-minded. Bike tests, riding tips, equipment guides, race reports and rider profiles are all delivered with full-colour professional photography.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
it’s been an honour

ADB HAS BEEN A SOLID SUPPORTER THROUGHOUT MY INTERNATIONAL CAREER WHAT AN AMAZING opportunity to have an issue of ADB dedicated to my retirement from professional racing. When I got the email from Mitch Lees I jumped at the opportunity to take over the Editor’s desk and this is one of the few times in my career when I have been able to sit back and reflect on the past two decades. I am unbelievably proud to have lasted this long racing in the premier AMA Supercross series. To have competed in so many races, stood on the podium so many times and taken out two championships in that series is a dream come true for this kid from Kurri Kurri, NSW. I am also extremely proud of my partnership with ADB. My…

7 min.
two two too good

01 2001 GP OF LIEROP CHAD REED FLEW to Europe in 2001 where he rode for Jan DeGroot’s factory Kawasaki team and finished runner up in the World 250cc Motocross Championship on debut to multi-time champion Mickaël Pichon. Reed claimed victory at his team’s home round, the GP of Lierop in The Netherlands, and won a moto at the 2001 Motocross des Nations in Belgium before taking out Jeremy McGrath at the Paris Supercross in November to introduce himself to American fans. 02 125SX TITLE WHEN REED HIT the US scene in 2002 not much was known about the kid from Kurri Kurri except that he’d t-boned Jeremy McGrath at the Paris Supercross. Reed was so eager to compete in the US he raced the opening three rounds of the AMA 250cc Supercross…

5 min.
even the bad t›es are good!

BUBBA VS REED JAMES STEWART AND Reed are responsible for one of the greatest rivalries our sport has seen. Stewart entered the 250SX class in 2005 where he was up against defending champion Reed, Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham and Jeremy McGrath. The 250SX class was so stacked at the time that their rivalry didn’t boil over until later. There were more aggressive moments between this pair than we’ve seen in the last five AMA Supercross seasons combined but one that stands out to us is Reed’s last-lap block-pass on Stewart at Atlanta in 2011. Chad’s attempted block put both riders in the dirt and allowed a very young Ryan Villopoto to cruise to victory while the old dogs scrapped over second. But in the last corner Stewart and Reed were so focused on…

3 min.
reed it and weep

THERE HAS BEEN no other issue I’ve had the privilege of working on in my 10 years at ADB that are as special as this one. I’ve grown up in the same era as Chad Reed and watched him race since he broke into the pro ranks in the late ’90s. I’ve admired everything about him, from the way he carried himself in the media and public eye to the way he approached his racing. And even now, as a family man, Chad has been a great example of what you can achieve through hard work, dedication and self-belief. When Reed announced he would be retiring after the 2020 AMA Supercross season we began formulating a fitting farewell to pay tribute to his career. To do this we had to get Reed…

12 min.
taking on the world

Chad Reed is our very own Michael Jordan. The guy who put us on the map and laid down the solid path for fellow Aussies such as Andrew McFarlane, Brett Metcalfe, Michael Byrne and, more recently, the Lawrence brothers and Mitch Evans. But nobody has managed to stay on that path to international success anywhere near as long as Chad Reed has, right the way to the pointy end where it narrows to two or three riders going to war for the number one spot. And to then finally get there. To be recognized as the best there is. Chad accomplished that multiple times, while we all rode on his coattails in living rooms across Australia. But it wasn’t all champagne and caviar for the kid from Kurri Kurri. I watched Chad…

7 min.
the goat and the warrior

With seven AMA Pro Motocross Championships and five AMA Supercross ones to his name, Ricky Carmichael’s legacy speaks for itself. Carmichael won an incredible 24 motos straight in the 2002 AMA outdoor season. He’s won X Games gold medals and the list of achievements goes on and on. Nobody knows Chad Reed better as a racer and adversary than the GOAT. The battles these two had were intense and the rivalry escalated during the 2003 supercross series as a rookie by the name of Chad Reed took it to the champ. Tensions rose drastically thanks to the two athletes’ massive entourages, which often seemed to have bigger egos than the two riders! Once James Stewart entered the fray, the trio had some of the most fiercely fought battles that our sport has…