News 23 Apr 2019

Metcalfe undergoes successful finger surgery

Murray Bridge MX Nationals the target for Penrite Honda Racing pilot.

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Successfully undergoing surgery on an injured finger, Brett Metcalfe intends to line-up for his home round of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals at Murray Bridge in South Australia, marking the first double-header of the season.

The Penrite Honda Racing contender suffered multiple fractures to the little finger in his left hand at Wonthaggi’s second round, however elected allow the injury to naturally heal in an effort to race Broadford, although in doing so, the South Australian sustained increased damage, prompting immediate surgery.

“Surgery has been successful,” Metcalfe declared to MotoOnline.com.au. “The story is that I broke it in the first turn of moto two at Wonthaggi, and I tried let it heal up, and surgery was questionable at the point and whether I would be able to race Broadford, so I elected to try and let it heal and race.

“I got through the day – I was hoping to do better, but it was all I could really do. Unfortunately the bones shifted a lot, and it did a lot of damage during the day, so it was immediate surgery after that. Everything has been successful – it was a much bigger surgery than expected because of the damage. So now I’m just going to let it heal up and count down the days until Murray Bridge.

“It’s going to be a little bit of a problem for me with the double-header, but the goal is set to be there and race. There won’t be any practice prior, it will just be turning up on the day and racing, which has pretty much been the case all year anyway, with the back injury and now. It’s been frustrating, but that’s how motor racing goes sometimes.”

Finishing 11th overall at Broadford, Metcalfe sits ninth in the championship standings. Murray Bridge’s fourth and fifth rounds are scheduled on 4-5 May.

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