Chad Reed heard the whispers that he was washed up, even wondered himself if his career was winding down.
Last weekend's thrilling victory changed everything for the 31-year-old Aussie.
Pulling ahead late in a wild race filled with crashes and lead changes, Reed raced off to his first victory since 2012 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
Reed has been one of motocross' most consistent riders since moving to the US in 2003, winning two Supercross titles and an outdoor championship.
The past two years have been a struggle, thanks to a torn ACL in 2012 and numerous injuries last season.
Reed changed his fortunes with Saturday's victory, ending a 22-race winless streak and giving him hope that another championship is still within reach.