News 9 Mar 2018

Metcalfe claims five out of eight podiums at Adelaide Split Rhythm debut

Honda Australia press release:

South Australian’s own Brett Metcalfe went 2-3- 4-3- 4-5-3-2 over three intense days at the Adelaide 500 ‘Split Rhythm’ event.

The Adelaide 500 was Penrite Honda Racing team’s first event for 2018 and newly signed Brett Metcalfe achieved all expectations.

Team owner Yarrive Konsky was impressed; “Brett did everything we asked of him.

We wanted him to race smart, get acquainted with the new team and their processes during race day. He improved all weekend and what we learnt, we will take into the MX Nationals.

Tim, Josh and Scott did a great job managing their departments and it all ran smoothly,” said Konsky.

Metcalfe also saw the race as a benefit to his pre-season campaign and a great learning opportunity for himself and the team in the lead up to the MX Nationals.

“I did over 30 race starts across the three days which was beneficial to me and the team, it was intense and the racing was close. I really enjoyed it, the whole event was a great spectacle plus it was nice racing only an hour from home,” Metcalfe said.

Riders, spectators and industry figureheads gave the event big thumbs up with attendance numbers exceeding expectations. Honda’s Brand and Motorsports Manager, Glyn Griffiths praised the promoters and hopes there are more cross over events in the future.

“It was an amazing event and the promoters did a fantastic job combining all forms of motorsport, the new Spilt Rhythm was a great success and we were fortunate enough to get some strong results,” Griffiths said.

The team’s technical director and acting team manager Tim Vare is happy with the progress they are making with Metcalfe and the development of his bike.

“Brett is really impressed with the new CRF450R and how competitive it is straight out of the box so development has been a really enjoyable process for all of us and we are pleased to have come up with something that truly suits Brett’s riding style,” said Vare.

The team will continue to prepare for the MX Nationals this coming week as they return to Mannum to continue testing.