2009 has been a groundbreaking year for 27-year-old Reed, from Kurri Kurri in New South Wales.
Just weeks after finishing a close runner up in the AMA/World Supercross Championship, he announced his intention to campaign an entry in the national outdoors series, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship.
Having never won a motocross title in his professional career, Reed mounted a dedicated attack and would go on to win the 450 class in dominant fashion.
“It’s good to be nominated for this award, I’ve had a really solid season and achieved a motocross title win which has something I’ve always wanted,” said Reed.
“Behind every racer there is a dedicated support network of team, crew, friends and family and this would be a good reward for them if I won.”
Other nominees for the award are Ryan Dungey and James Stewart.
Williams, from Baxter in country Victoria, rose to international recognition after fulfilling the goal of X Games Gold. He backed up the Freestyle Moto X win with a solid Silver medal in the Best Trick category.
The 24-year-old was a popular winner and is a fan favourite in the rapidly-expanding action sport scene.
“I’m stoked to be nominated for FMX Rider of the Year,” said Bilko. “Winning at X Games was a fantastic feeling but to be rated with the likes of (fellow nominees) Nate Adams and Robbie Maddison is an honour.
“Regardless of who wins, 2009 has been a massive year for me and I am itching to get back on the bike and work towards a bigger 2010.”
Fans can vote for Reed and Bilko in the 2009 Reader’s Choice Award category, by visiting motocross.transworld.net/features/2009-readers-choice-award/.
Winners will be announced on October 8 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
Other Australian riders in the running for awards include Robbie Maddison and Jackson Strong.