News 24 May 2017

Metcalfe reveals KTM transfer for Murray Bridge national

South Australian international to line up with local support.

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Brett Metcalfe has revealed the all-new program he will sport at this weekend’s Murray Bridge MX Nationals event following his departure from the SD3 Husqvarna team prior to Horsham’s third round of the series.

The former AMA motocross and supercross contender confirmed he will again line up this weekend in the MX1 category aboard a privateer KTM 450 SX-F machine.

“The plan is to race this weekend thanks to support from a local guy Tony Porter from S.A Plasterboard,” said Metcalfe. “He’s providing me with a KTM 450, a couple of mechanics, and a van and we’re going to make it happen.

“Tony is a massive motorcycling enthusiast, I think I first met him when I was 14 years old. He started his own race team a long time ago and my brother Shane raced with him for two years, and now he continues to help people all these years later.”

The South Australian expressed the importance of the local Murray Bridge round and looks forward to hitting the track at one of the more popular rounds on the Australian motocross calendar.

“This round is really important to me,” Metcalfe explained. “I grew up 30 minutes from the track and I’m currently living in Mannum, so it means a lot being so close to home.

“I have a lot of memories from racing at Murray Bridge back when I was four and five years old way before I went overseas, so it’s cool to be going back there with my own kids now. Murray Bridge is a good track, it’s definitely one of the best on the championship calendar and all of the riders seem to enjoy it.”

Although aware of his current circumstances, Metcalfe remains hopeful for a special first win of the season in front of family and friends this Sunday.

“The cards are in some ways stacked up against me, but if I’m lining up this weekend it’s to try and win,” he added. “It would be special to get my first victory of the year at Murray Bridge with a home crowd there.

“We have a few hurdles to jump through before we get there this Sunday, but if we could make a win happen it would be pretty special that’s for sure.”

Metcalfe currently sits 16th overall in the premier class championship standings after sitting out last weekend’s event in Victoria.