Former AMA motocross champion Chad Reed will return to Suzuki for the 2018 outdoor season finalé, and race an RM-Z450 at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Reed, who won the 2009 motocross championship with Suzuki, rode a stock RM-Z450 at a recent press event, and show enamoured with it was he that discussions began about testing the team's race machine.
After a positive test, the Australian will line up for the final round alongside Justin Hill.
He said of the opportunity, "It came up last week that I could test the Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. I immediately felt comfortable with the bike and team. Although I had not planned to be in ‘race shape’ for another six weeks, it’s an opportunity to get out and do what I absolutely love the most, which is race.
"I haven’t raced a National in three years, but I have those nervous and excited race feelings to be getting back out there. I’m stoked to help the team and sponsors while a few of their riders are out with injuries. I feel like a kid again getting to ride a factory bike and go racing with a highly motivated crew. I hope to see lots of ‘22’ fans this weekend!"