Supercross: Chad Reed returns to top of podium with victory in Atlanta

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One of the eldest veterans active in the sport, 32-year-old Chad Reed once again proved why he’s a contender each time he lines up on the gate after earning the 450 Class win Saturday night at the Atlanta Supercross race.

The 2008 450SX champion grabbed the holeshot in the main event and used it to lead the race wire-to-wire. Ryan Dungey worked his way through the field up to second and got close enough to the front to apply pressure to Reed by the end of the race, but Reed held him off to capture his first victory in over a year.

Although Dungey would have to settle for the runner-up spot, he was able to double his points lead thanks to a big crash from Ken Roczen that kept the RCH Suzuki rider in the back of the field. With Roczen finishing 18th in the Georgia Dome, his 12-point deficit behind Dungey was stretched out to 31 points. He also lost a spot in the championship standings to Trey Canard, who finished third in the race and currently sits 25 points back of Dungey.

The action was even more exciting in the 250 Class, as three different riders led the race at times.

Martin Davalos (nine laps) and Justin Bogle (three laps) both spent time out front, and Marvin Musquin was in the mix all night as well, but with three laps to go, it was Jeremy Martin taking over the lead from Bogle and pulling away to earn his second career Supercross victory.

After two races, Musquin – who looked unstoppable one week ago – still holds the points lead in the 250SX East Region, but the battle remains tight, as Martin and Bogle are both within five points of the Red Bull KTM rider.

The series resumes next Saturday night with a second race in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Atlanta 1 450SX Results
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey (-1.2 seconds)
3. Trey Canard
4. Cole Seely
5. Weston Peick

450SX Points Standings (after 8 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey, 174
2. Trey Canard, 149
3. Ken Roczen, 143
4. Eli Tomac, 115
5. Jason Anderson, 114

Atlanta I 250SX East Results
1. Jeremy Martin
2. Marvin Musquin (-2.2 seconds)
3. Justin Bogle
4. Martin Davalos
5. Joey Savatgy

250SX East Points Standings (after 2 of 8 races)
1. Marvin Musquin, 47
2. Jeremy Martin, 43
3. Justin Bogle, 42
4. Joey Savatgy, 36
5. Martin Davalos, 30
6. Matt Lemoine, 30
7. Vince Friese, 30