ST. LOUIS – Chad Reed has been docked five championship points and fined $5,000 by the AMA after failing to acknowledge the blue move over flags during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race in St. Louis on Saturday.
Reed was running 16th in the 450SX main event when he was caught by Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey, who were racing for the victory. Tomac passed Reed with ease, but Dungey couldn’t complete the pass.
Reed would ignore blue flags for three laps and ride in the preferred racing line, making it hard for Dungey to get past. By the time the defending champion finally found a way around the Yamaha of Reed, he was seven seconds behind Tomac. Dungey was unable to close the gap at that point and finished second.
It was determined by the Race Director that Reed “failed to follow the direction of the AMA officials indicated by the blue flag. In doing so, rider No. 22 did impede the faster rider’s progress” and as a result, faced a fine and was docked the five championship points he earned in St. Louis. The $5,000 will be donated to the Alpinestar Mobile Medical Unit.
“I just don’t know why [Reed] has to get involved with me and Eli’s position,” Dungey said after the race. “If he was on the same lap, I’d understand, I think we all would, but he’s a lapper.”