[Weekly Features]

USAINSIDERAnswer

USA Insider No.58 presented by Answer – TwoTwo Motorsports and Townley

2 years ago

Words: Jason Weigandt

Welcome to our weekly web-exclusive column, Transmoto USA Insider Presented By Answer. Penned each week by our man on the ground, Transmoto’s US Correspondent, Jason Weigandt, USA Insider presents the story-behind-the-stories of the AMA supercross and motocross scene.

New Orleans is one of the wildest cities in the U.S., so naturally a whole bunch of SX industry folks headed out to party on Bourbon Street last Friday and Saturday night. It was great fun, but I was standing right next to Chad Reed on Friday when some serious news came in: Ben Townley had gone down and down hard at round two of the Australian MX Nationals.

Reed had learned to roll with the punches over the years, and didn’t seem too distraught over seeing his grand plan for this summer’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the U.S run aground. By Friday night, no one knew how serious BT’s injury would be, but you can pretty much assume that hip injuries are never minor. Still, Reed didn’t let it ruin his night or his weekend—he’s been around long enough to let the highs and lows of racing bring him too far up or too far down.

So there’s another lesson for Reed as a team owner. By employing himself as his only rider, Reed seemingly had the most reliable employee possible—Reedy’s consistency is legend, and his “in it to win it” mentality meant the TwoTwo team should have solid attendance throughout the season. But then Reed crashed out in Dallas. It was a bummer and a surprise, but it was on him. And he’s not the first team owner to experience heartbreak when a rider goes down with an injury—it’s a huge part of the game.

The Townley deal is a new experience—it’s the first time Reed’s team has been effected by something so far out of his control. In fact, Reed actually told me he didn’t want Townley to race the second round of the Australian championship and instead hoped he would come over to the U.S. to begin prepping for the season over here. And when we contacted TwoTwo Team Manager Dave Osterman last week about setting up a possible photo shoot with Townley, he cited April 16th as a good guess to when Townley would land on U.S. soil. Now all bets are off until Townley’s condition is known, but again, hip injuries are rarely minor.

What’s next for TwoTwo? No one is sure yet, as the real focus is on Townley, one of the most star-crossed riders of all time. Each time BT seems set for a rise, he goes through another fall. Worse yet, no one can figure out why Townley ends up getting hurt so often. He doesn’t ride recklessly, he doesn’t take unneeded chances, and he doesn’t race unless he’s totally prepared. And yet, bad things keep happening to a good person. It’s one of the great unpredicatablities of racing, something Reedy will have to live with throughout his journey into team ownership.

Be the first to comment...

You might also like...

Features

15 hours ago
hansen_monster

The World According To Josh Hansen

Josh Hansen talks X Games, Monster Cup and the crossover between racing supercross and FMX.

News

16 hours ago
watagan_x

2014 Watagan Trail Bike Rally

Win a 2014-model WR450F at the 2014 Yamaha Watagan Trail Bike Rally, taking place August 9-10.

Features

2 days ago
cti_custom_kneebrace_rotator_revision

WIN! 1 CTi Custom Kneebrace

Thanks to Gall Bros Medical, we’re giving you the chance to win 1 CTi Custom Kneebrace via Instagram.

News

2 days ago
rutledge1

Rutledge 2nd In 2014 WMX World Championship

Australia’s Meghan Rutledge finished the 2014 FIM Women’s World MX Championship in second.

Galleries

2 days ago
mcneil

Jarryd McNeil & Washougal MX

Australian FMX sensation, 23-year-old Jarryd McNeil, placed 25th Overall at Washougal’s MX round.

Features

2 days ago
mxgp_insider_2014

MXGP Insider No.24: Tixier’s Hopes

Going into the Czech GP, the questions were all about whether Tixier could win in Herlings’ absence.

Features

2 days ago
NZ_INSIDER

NZ Insider No.10: Townley’s Speedcross

‘Speedcross’ is Ben Townley’s new concept, which combines supercross with speedway.

Galleries

3 days ago
washougal_highlights

Highlights: Washougal MX

Highlights from the ninth round of the 2014 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.