MECHANIC: MIKE GOSSELAAR
RIDER: CHAD REED
TEAM: FACTORY YAMAHA
HOW DID YOU BECOME CHAD REED’S
MECHANIC AGAIN? My old boss, Chad Reed, called
me the first week in December. He told me that he had
a deal with Yamaha and asked if I would be interested
in doing a Supercross-only deal. I was interested. I don’t
live in California anymore, and that’s a sticking point for
many race teams. Chad called Yamaha’s Keith McCarty
and asked if it would be a problem with me living in
Idaho. Apparently, it wasn’t a big deal. Yamaha called me
a few weeks later, and we worked everything out. In the
middle of December Chad called and asked if I could fly
to California that next day. I flew down to Yamaha, met
everyone, and I was working on a bike 15 minutes later.
THIS ISN’T YOUR FIRST TIME WORKING WITH
REED. I worked with Chad at Suzuki, and then I began
working with him a few years after he started his own
team. When Chad first hired me on, I was the technical director. I oversaw everything that pertained to the
motorcycle. I did that for several years, and the last year
working for Chad I became his mechanic and still did
most of the technical stuff. My job at Yamaha is a lot
easier, since I only take care of the bike.
IS IT DIFFICULT JUMPING FROM WORKING ON
ONE BRAND OF A MOTORCYCLE TO ANOTHER?
It’s not that hard. You get used to working on bikes. It’s
like anything else. If you take the bike apart a million
times, then you can almost do it with your eyes closed.