MX Nationals press release:
Brett Metcalfe, the 32-year-old father of two returned from overseas for a four-round guest ride with SD3 Husqvarna in 2016, and to the surprise of the country it only took it until round two for him to make it onto the MX1 podium.
Last year Metcalfe proved to Australia that he’s simply still got it when the the MX Nationals headed to Appin, collecting a win in the second moto and finishing just one position shy of the top step in second overall.
This weekend marks the second opportunity for Metcalfe to race at Appin in New South Wales, and the ultimate question fans are asking, is can the SD3 Husqvarna rider go one better and finish on the top step this coming Sunday?
“Last year was a real experimental learning process for myself, the team and Husqvarna, so we were really just happy with being on the podium. As a rider you always plan and prepare to win, so to get the first moto win and first podium there in 2016 was huge,” Metcalfe shared.
“This year the pace in the class is quite similar. We have the same fast riders with that injection of the young guys too and if anything, the competition is deeper than it was in 2016 which is great for Australian motocross.
“At round one only a few weeks ago we were competitive. Coming in, I felt more prepared than last season and although it didn’t show on paper we had the speed and just had a bit of bad luck. Although we are at a bit of a points deficit, it does give me confidence heading in to Appin to know that we’re where we wanted to be speed wise.
“It’s still early stages of the championship but if we’re going to make a run at it we need to win some races. The focus is to get a win on the score card this weekend and the goal every round from here on out is to maximise points. This weekend I’m going in knowing that I won a race there last year, and if I can go one better on Sunday that will be great!”
To watch Metcalfe as well as all of the other MX Nationals riders in action this weekend, make sure you head to Appin in New South Wales this Sunday April 23.
For more information on round two including ticket prices, race times and more head to www.mxnationals.com.au.