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Supercross star Chad Reed to miss at least 6 weeks with broken hand

January 19, 2010 |  8:24 pm

Two-time supercross champion Chad Reed will miss at least six weeks of this year's season -- including two races at Anaheim Stadium -- after undergoing surgery to repair his broken left hand, his Kawasaki team said today.


Reed, 27, injured his hand after an accident with archrival James Stewart during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series race Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. Supercross is the stadium version of motocross, or off-road motorcycle racing.

"His surgery went really well," team manager Mike Fisher said in a statement. "We want him to be 100% when he returns. This will be the first time Chad has ever missed a supercross."

Reed and Stewart, the reigning series champion, have been the top two supercross riders in recent years. Stewart won the opening race this season, in Anaheim, on Jan. 9 and rookie Ryan Dungey won the second race in Phoenix.

The series races at Anaheim Stadium this Saturday night and again Feb. 13. Reed's team said it was "exploring its options" for using a temporary replacement rider for Reed.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Two-time AMA Supercross Series champion Chad Reed in qualifying for the race Saturday at Chase Field in Phoenix, where he broke his hand in the main event. Credit: Jennifer Stewart/US Presswire.