News 2 Jun 2022

Special moto win and podium sets Metcalfe up for title bid

Strong Gillman round sees 450SX-F rider P3 championship.

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A special moto win on a personal level for GO24 KTM rider Brett Metcalfe at the fourth round of Penrite ProMX at Gillman sees him right in the hunt in the 2022 MX1 title chase.

In what was Metcalfe’s home round on this year’s domestic motocross calendar, he showed he meant business from the onset qualifying P2 in the Top 10 Shootout.

It didn’t take the South Australian long to get to the front in moto one, and after passing Dean Ferris on lap two he stretched out a convincing 11-second advantage to win the race, his first victory since running his own GO24 outfit this season.

“To be able to do it… call it what you want privateer, my own team, it’s me doing it and that side of it, that’s right up there with probably anything I’ve done.

“I guess the personal level of it means a lot, and to be doing it 38, even though I don’t feel it, that’s what the number says [laughs], to do it at this age, the way I am doing it, that personally really means a lot,” explained Metcalfe to

“As far as race results or achievements, it’s not really ranking that highly, but personally it means a lot to be able to do it. Coming back to Australia, that was the goal, to be able to run for a championship and win races and it hasn’t been as successful as I would have liked.

“My journey over the last five years, it’s been pretty difficult at times, but now to be in a good headspace, absolutely love wanting to go racing and then to pull a moto win, that just kind of stamps that everything I have set out to achieve this year is coming alive.”

Metcalfe delivered a hard charge for victory in the second moto, ultimately finishing P2 and a second shy from Aaron Tanti who got the overall on countback. Nonetheless, Metcalfe confirmed that he is a force to be reckoned with in this year’s title charge, and sits third in the standings, 14 points from the red plate.

“Since I have started this year, I just feel good. That’s a massive part of any athlete or any business. When are in a good headspace, you are feeling right, things can excel,” he added.

“To run for this championship, I truly believed I could from the start. Everyone had pretty much written me off, it didn’t bother me as I have been through that whole scenario many times in my career, and that’s fine.

“I truly believe I could… not be the man to win this thing, but at least be in the hunt and right up front challenging for it. The first half of the championship develops who is going to be there and the second half is who wants it. Now that we are halfway, you can see who the players and contenders are, and I feel like I am definitely one of them.”