Honda Australia press release:
Penrite Honda Racing’s Brett Metcalfe has confirmed he will race this weekend at round 3 of the MX Nationals in Broadford, Victoria, despite nursing a broken hand.
Metcalfe’s 2019 campaign has been nothing short of challenging where several injuries have threatened his Championship dreams, but he insists he is remaining optimistic and positive.
“My goal has always been to return home and win an Australian Motocross Championship and although this has arguably been the toughest start to any Championship I have ever chased after, I want to keep fighting,” said Metcalfe.
Metcalfe knows he needs to achieve as many points as he can this weekend to ensure he does not drop out of Championship contention.
“I haven’t ridden since Wonthaggi but I know I need to race to remain a contender. We were competitive at Wonthaggi, we qualified 3rd and came through the pack in moto 1 so I know we have the speed. There are 15-point scoring races to go, which equals 525 points. I won’t be 100% this weekend but I need to minimise the deficit whilst I recover back to 100%,” said Metcalfe.
Penrite Honda Racing team director, Yarrive Konsky fully supports Metcalfe’s decision to race this weekend.
“There are still a lot of races to go in this Championship, so he will race this weekend and then hope we can minimise further risk. Once we get to the big break following round 5, Brett will have more time to get back to 100%. We are proud of Metty for making the decision to race and will do all we can to make it as positive as possible.” Konsky said.
“I don’t think there are many athletes in all disciplines who compete with a clean bill of health. There are always niggling injuries to contend with, we just need to manage them the best way we can. MA, Racesafe and WEM have been fantastic and very resourceful.” Konsky concluded.
Round 3 of the MX Nationals Championship will be held at Broadford, the state motorcycle complex this weekend. For more information go to www.mxnationals.com.au
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