Chad Reed has won four of the seven stops on the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship series and has the season points lead.
Yet, it was his fifth-place finish this past weekend that has everyone in the motocross industry abuzz.
Or rather, it was how he finished in fifth after a nasty, terrifying fall off his bike.
Just moments after a crash-landing, Reed hopped back on his Honda and raced his way to 14th place in the moto, good enough for fifth place overall after he won the first moto of the day at the Spring Creek National in Millville, Minn.
Reed is expected to bring his points lead to Clark County this week for the Washougal MX National. To take a look at his crash, click here. He is shown losing control as he climbs a hill, but does not lose his grip until his bike is in the air. Reed can be seen still ascending, without his bike, before gravity takes over, slamming him to the ground.
The incident was big news.
The points race is big, too, and the gap got a little closer.
Reed leads with 300 points, with Washington’s Ryan Villopoto in second place, just six points off the pace. Then there is Ryan Dungey, who won at Spring Creek with a 2-1 motos finish, and has 293 points.
Villopoto, from Poulsbo, will be the local favorite when the pros race Saturday afternoon. His home-state fans have been waiting patiently to cheer for him. Villopoto missed the past two Washougal nationals with injuries.
Dungey is the defending 450 Washougal champion and has won at Washougal three years in a row when you include his 250 titles in 2008 and 2009.
In the 250 class, Dean Wilson of Scotland, Tyla Rattray of South Africa, and Blake Baggett of Grand Terrace, Calif., hold the top three spots in the points race. All three race for the same team — Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.
The first moto of the 250 class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the 450 moto. Each class will race two motos for an overall winner.
2011 Washougal MX National
■ When & Where: Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Washougal MX Park, 40205 NE Borin Rd., Washougal.
■ Supporting events: Amateur racing takes place Thursday and Friday, with the pros taking to the course on Saturday.
■ Cost: $60 for admission from Wednesday through Saturday, or $40 for Saturday only for adults and children 12 and older, $30 for children 7-11. Children 6 and under are free. Cash only at the track. To purchase online, go to washougalmxpk.com.
■ TV: Moto 2 of the 450 class will be shown live beginning at 4 p.m. on SPEED (Comcast cable Ch. 408).