When did reed become loved by American fans?

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12/1/2019 4:47 AM

I have a bunch of friends who believe the following for reed really took off after the crash at Millville. Where as I think his popularity took off after his 2004 SX championship. When did reed really become a fan favourite in America?

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12/1/2019 4:54 AM

After he got old and kept doing it when all the others he raced hung it up.

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12/1/2019 4:56 AM

When he said McGrath was his hero coming up and did some nac nacs to prove it.

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12/1/2019 4:58 AM

zippytech wrote:

After he got old and kept doing it when all the others he raced hung it up.

So 2016 after Stewart’s last professional race?

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12/1/2019 5:03 AM

When he started telling things like he saw them and quit complaining about everything about his bikes.

He seems to have changed a bit since then though.

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12/1/2019 5:09 AM

zippytech wrote:

After he got old and kept doing it when all the others he raced hung it up.

Bingo. We are around the same age. I started to love he was still after it.

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12/1/2019 5:11 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2019 5:13 AM

while winning the east coast 125 championship and battling with james stewart in the outdoors, for most fans, reed was still relatively unknown in 2002. then, in a move very uncharacteristic to first year pros, he jumped to the 250 (450) class the next year, right when carmichael had only just dethroned an aging mcgrath and was, by and large, the antagonist. when reed started beating him soundly in his premier-class debut, it stunned the whole industry. no one expected that, and the fact that he did it so quickly after rc had established dominance made it even more of a story. that, imo, is when reed became loved by american fans -- 2003.

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12/1/2019 5:12 AM

When he stopped whining about everything

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12/1/2019 5:26 AM

Australia lost him in the “Racial Draft 2005” but I think they picked up PeeWee Herman


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12/1/2019 5:31 AM

when he started vocally praising the love of the sport.or when he started his own team giving zero excuses about racing vs waiting for a call.. im sure he acquired a bigger following.or maybe he was just misunderstood with his race tactics .or when he became the underdog and still pulled surprise podiums.

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12/1/2019 5:49 AM

I hated him while he raced against RC, well, maybe not hated, but rooted against. My opinion started changing in 2009 when he rode the Suzuki and was the only person keeping James honest in SX, then coming back to the outdoors to win the title. After that, when he came back from injury in a privateer Honda and started killing it and winning again, he became a great underdog story to a lot of people. Then the chadapult happened and that's where I think he won almost everyone over the way he got right back on the bike.

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12/1/2019 5:51 AM

When he started his own team while everyone thought he was done and was still a championship contender. He went from being the least liked on Kawi to one of the most loved within a year.

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12/1/2019 6:01 AM

For most it was when he beat RC at A1 in 03

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Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

12/1/2019 6:25 AM

Johnny Ringo wrote:

For most it was when he beat RC at A1 in 03

precisely.

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12/1/2019 6:34 AM

Personally it wasn't until he rode for Suzuki.

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12/1/2019 7:06 AM

Personally for me,it was when he was a young buck on a 125. Southwick 2002 I believe. While leading the first moto , dislocating his shoulder in a whooped out downhill section , took 15-20 minutes to get it back in,finishes 28th. RACES the 2nd moto and gets 3rd at the roughest track on the circuit. I've done that and couldn't even undress or dress myself for a few days. Became a fan of his that day,and now almost 18 years later, he's still at it . Amazing. Whether or not you like his mouth/attitude you can not question his toughness.

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12/1/2019 7:17 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2019 8:07 AM

For me it was when he had that nasty get off at Millville. It took some sheer grit & determination to continue the race. As an exracer I certainly appreciated his effort & became a fan. He also seemed to tone his whining down around that time.

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

12/1/2019 7:27 AM

For me ,it was when his table cloth got stolen....

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12/1/2019 8:00 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2019 8:27 AM

I started liking him when he beat Pastrana at Australian SX but I think for most people it was 2002- 2003. RC had dethroned MC and had come down wearing a crown and that pissed a lot of people off. Chad came in rode a lot like MC and said MC was his hero. In the end of 2002 at the US Open in there first race against each other RC and CR battled tooth and nail and then Chad lost the title but won more races than RC in SX that year.

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12/1/2019 8:24 AM

When he became an American.

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Powerband in every gear !

12/1/2019 8:34 AM

i think for a lot of people it was either 2009 when he went to suzuki or 2011 when he started twotwo

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12/1/2019 8:35 AM

Man some of you guys haven't been following long. Stadiums used to boo the hell out of RC in 02 03 and 05 and go crazy for Reed. RC was the bad guy.

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12/1/2019 8:43 AM

greenmx5 wrote:

Man some of you guys haven't been following long. Stadiums used to boo the hell out of RC in 02 03 and 05 and go crazy for Reed. RC was the bad guy.

I went to a supercross in 05 and that was not my experience. Reed didn't seem to be very loved by the american fans back then

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12/1/2019 9:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2019 9:28 AM

greenmx5 wrote:

Man some of you guys haven't been following long. Stadiums used to boo the hell out of RC in 02 03 and 05 and go crazy for Reed. RC was the bad guy.

Prntscrn wrote:

I went to a supercross in 05 and that was not my experience. Reed didn't seem to be very loved by the american fans back then

Go to a supercross in 02 and you'd find a very different response to RC.

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12/1/2019 9:31 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/1/2019 9:58 AM

When all the crap with Stew happened at Unadilla. Hated James for a while after that and wanted Reed to kick his ass! Been a Reed fan ever since

Edit: Forgot about the race at Glen Helen after 9/11. Reed was out front and my dad and I were watching him. I remember my dad saying, “He rides a lot like McGrath. That was my first experience watching Reed and I liked him from that moment. But the Stewart incident was when I was hardcore about Reed winning.

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12/1/2019 9:35 AM

For me, 2003 for the aforementioned reasons.

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12/1/2019 9:42 AM

The year his rider intro was a ton of stuff about being a father and raising his kids. I hated the dude before, but something about being a dad made me respect the guy.

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12/1/2019 10:29 AM

greenmx5 wrote:

Man some of you guys haven't been following long. Stadiums used to boo the hell out of RC in 02 03 and 05 and go crazy for Reed. RC was the bad guy.

Back when RC said, “If you can’t win, wreck the guy who can!”

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12/1/2019 10:42 AM

He was the enemy during the Bubba rivalry, but I'd say when he started twotwo is when his haters began to appreciate what he's doing for the sport.

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12/1/2019 10:52 AM

Fresh wrote:

I have a bunch of friends who believe the following for reed really took off after the crash at Millville. Where as I think his popularity took off after his 2004 SX championship. When did reed really become a fan favourite in America?

When he "Sacked up" and raced a couple seasons on his own dime, rather than setting at home and boohooing about no factory rides for him.

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