Brett Metcalfe’s return to racing post-surgery has been a great success, coming away with 3rdoverall at round 6 of the MX Nationals in Gympie, Queensland on the weekend.
Penrite Honda Racing went into the round with ambitious expectations, pushing hard to ensure Metcalfe was well equipped to secure as many points as possible, to stay in Championship contention.
“I am so happy for everyone on the team. Everyone has been working hard and it paid off this weekend, it feels great to be back up there!” Metcalfe said.
Metcalfe began his weekend with a 4th in qualifying on the fast and technical new track at Gympie. Improving from there, he took 2nd in Moto 1, a rewarding result for the team.
“It’s always reassuring when you get a good start and build a solid momentum as the day goes on. The break between rounds 5 and 6 has allowed my injury to heal so I am riding back to my potential.” Metcalfe added.
A rough start in Moto 2 forced Metcalfe to work extra hard and make some aggressive passes to fight his way back up to the front.
“I battled back from a mediocre start and once I caught the lead group, it was tight and track condition made it difficult to pass anyone, the dust was intense so ultimately I took 4th.” Metcalfe said.
The combined 2nd and 4thresulted in 3rdoverall for the round and gave the team a much needed confidence boost after a difficult start to the season.
“We have a couple of weeks to find some more pace and work on setup. I just want to win, simple as that and I can’t wait for Round 7 in Maitland.” Metcalfe finished.
Team director Yarrive Konsky was pleased with the results.
“This weekend was a positive step forward and Metty’s results showed he has the speed and we have the bike to stay up on the podium. Our goal is to be on the podium in all of the remaining rounds.” Konsky said.
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