News 26 Oct 2015

Australian Supercross set for South Australian return

Metcalfe readies for rare South Australian homecoming.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Preparations are hitting top gear as the countdown continues to round three of the Energy Logistix 2015 Australian Supercross Championship presented by Penrite Oils at Adelaide Showground on 31 October.

It’s been seven years since supercross has descended on the giant green infield of the Wayville, South Australia, venue and with Mannum’s international moto hero Brett Metcalfe jetting home from California to contest the round, the on-track action is sure to be spectacular.

Metcalfe is making a whirlwind trip home to South Australia for the Adelaide round and will line up aboard a SD3 Husqvarna team FC 450, in a ride made possible thanks to the support of event sponsor Energy Logistix and event promoters Mark Gilbert and Scott Anderson.

“It’s awesome that supercross is back at Adelaide,” enthused Metcalfe, who has been based in the USA since 2003. I’m so looking forward to arriving back home in Adelaide this weekend and seeing my family and then gearing up with the SD3 Husqvarna team through next week to be ready to go racing on October 31.”

Metcalfe’s week in South Australia will be a busy one, as amongst his race preparations he will also help spread the word about the Adelaide supercross event and the life of an international professional motocross athlete by making a number of visits to schools in and around the Adelaide area, in addition to completing various media commitments.

Then, come Saturday, 31 October, it will be time to go racing, when Metcalfe will step right into the midst of the SX1 class Australian Supercross Championship rivalry currently being waged by points leader Dan Reardon (CDR Yamaha) and defending two-time Supercross champion, Matt Moss (Motul Suzuki).

Moss won the opening round of the Championship at Bathurst, NSW, two weeks ago, with Reardon finishing second. Then Reardon won an action-packed round two last weekend at Jimboomba, Queensland, the arch-rivals rubbing shoulders in the opening laps before Moss crashed twice and had to fight his way back to a third place finish behind NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing’s Adam Monea.

Reardon now leads the SX1 Championship standings with 67 points, just two points ahead of Moss on 65. Behind them is a traffic jam of four riders – Kade Mosig (CDR Yamaha), SA favourite Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing), American Gavin Faith (Penrite Honda) and Monea – all blanketed by just one point.

Meanwhile in the SX2 category, American ace Jimmy Decotis and his Penrite Honda Racing CRF250R are a perfect two wins from two starts (70 points), giving him a handy ten point lead in the Championship over Aussie aces Jackson Richardson (Penrite Honda Wilson MX) and Luke Clout (Serco Yamaha), who are tied on 60 points apiece.

Leading South Australian racer Luke Arbon, who will have Metcalfe join him in the SD3 Husqvarna team for the Adelaide event, is fourth in the SX2 standings, with DPH Motorsports Peter Stevens Yamaha youngster Wade Hunter rounding out the top five.

With tickets selling fast for the Adelaide round, supercross fans should go to to book their tickets – with all online pre-purchase tickets enjoying a special $5 discount on prices at the gate.