FOR CHAD REED
2 YEARS WITH
“This is basically my 23rd season
of being a race mechanic. I think I’m
pretty darn lucky to be in the position
I’m in. I see a lot of the mechanics
get credit for everything in this sport,
but we’re just a small part of it. We’re
just a little cog in the wheel, because
there are so many people involved
now. It takes a lot of people to make
these things go around the track now.
With our team, everybody is always
making sure their part of the job is
done and making sure everything is
ready to go. There is a lot of stress.
You have the guy’s life in your hands.
You’re always worrying and wondering—at least I do—about making sure
everything is just right.
“Chad knows how to explain things
to each guy on the team, and he has
a good working relationship with
each guy, so his input and feedback
doesn’t just come through me. He
speaks directly to the team guys,
and we’re all part of it. When Chad
comes in after each session, we start
downloading him, and he’s always got
ideas on how to make the bike a little
bit better. Hopefully, we don’t make
too many changes, but we usually do.
“I think both eras I’ve worked in as
a mechanic are special. Today, you
have so many people helping you that
you’re just a small part. In the old
days, the mechanic was everything.
You were the driver, the mechanic, the
shopper and everything in between.
There were just a few people from the
factory showing up at the races every
weekend. They’d just show up and
everything was ready to go. It’s just
different now. It’s completely evolved.
It’s way more professional now. There
is a lot of stress on everybody now
because everybody gets paid well. We
are part of a big thing. We’re working
for a manufacturer and representing a
lot of sponsors. It’s more of a business
2 YEARS WITH
“Before I joined Yamaha, I was the
Kayaba suspension technician. I’ve
been a suspension technician for 18
years now, and during that time I
worked with Ryan Villopoto, Chad