San Manuel Yamaha’s Reed, still feeling the effects of a broken shoulder blade, entered the weekend with a ten-point lead over Torco Race Fuels Honda rival Kevin Windham. Reed needed at least a sixth-place finish to clinch the title, but when he saw a chance for the win, he took it.
“I didn’t really think about winning until I saw that Kevin [Windham] wasn’t really riding away,”says Reed. “I didn’t know what he was doing, or what his game plan was, but I felt really confident from the Heat race that I had a lot more speed than him. It seemed like any time, I could just pull up right alongside of him, and I was stronger in the whoops. Then we made some changes to the bike to make it easier on me, and I just came out in the main event and knew I could ride a fast pace if I had to.”
Reed started the race in seventh, while Windham began in second. By the third lap, Windham assumed the lead by passing the Holeshot award winner, Davi Millsap of Red Bull Honda. Meanwhile, Reed worked his way through the pack until breaking ahead and passing Windham on lap thirteen. He would hold on to beat Windham by more than six seconds.
With the win, Reed claims his second Supercross championship. He also won the title in 2004.
Reed’s mechanic, Oscar Wirdeman, was also named the season’s top mechanic and was awarded a 2008 Toyota Tundra truck.
In Supercross Lite action, Ryan Dungey of Rockstar Makita Suzuki finished almost five seconds ahead of Ryan Villopoto of Monster Energy Kawasaki for the win.
The Holeshot winner, Villopoto led from the start until Dungey made a pass on the final lap.
Many of the teams and riders will be back in action on May 25 when they switch gears and start the 2008 Motocross season in San Bernardino, Calif. at the Glen Helen Raceway Park.