MXoN non-selection prompts former international to race on in 2018.
Penrite Honda Racing has revealed Brett Metcalfe will contest selected rounds of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship after he was denied an opportunity to represent Team Australia at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in October.
Metcalfe was initially slated to solely contest the Pirelli MX Nationals with intentions to race the MXoN, as Todd Waters was set to enter the squad for supercross, however his opportunity with Honda HRC in the world championship has ultimately opened the door for Metcalfe to continue racing this season alongside reigning champion Justin Brayton.
“I genuinely thought we were going,” said Metcalfe. “We were well prepared with bikes, gear and mechanics, and American Honda had offered support. We were ready to sign documents, so my mind and heart were firmly set on racing for the country I love.
“It was a shame we didn’t get to go but I am grateful to the team for ensuring I can still compete here in Australia and my mind is reset for supercross. Even though it’s a tight turn around for preparation, we will make the best of it.”
The South Australian has a wealth of experience in discipline, having contested numerous seasons in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, earning a number of respectable results in the process.
His 2018 MX Nationals campaign was marred by mechanical failures, where he finished up sixth in the championship standings. The opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship is scheduled for 15 September at Jimboomba in Queensland.