Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2012) – It was a stellar night for Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's Brett Metcalfe. The young Australian raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a well-earned fifth-place finish at round three of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship series at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. This impressive result also moved Metcalfe up several positions in the overall series points chase.
Although the Yoshimura Suzuki racer had been fighting illness all week, Metcalfe still gave it his all at Saturday night's event. Despite the day's practice being abbreviated due to inclement weather, Metcalfe shined during qualifying and then put in a solid performance in his heat race to finish fifth. In the main event, which was restarted after a red flag came out for downed riders, Metcalfe continued to shine. He got a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and rode a smart, consistent race to bring home fifth place, his best result this season.
"The whole day was the best we've had so far," said Metcalfe. "The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was working awesome. I think I had one of the best bikes on the track all day. The heat race went well, and I ended up fifth. But I rode really well and I think it's the best ride I've had all year. Going into the main, the RM-Z450 was working great out on the track. I got a better start on the re-start, and I was up there early. After being sick, I knew I was going to be short of breath, so I just wanted to hit 20 laps consistently, and ride hard — but not to the point where I'd push myself to the limit and start going downhill. So I just maintained myself the whole race and came home fifth, which was by far the best result of the year."
Next weekend, the Yoshimura Suzuki team heads to Northern California for the next round of Supercross. Last year at the Oakland event, Metcalfe carded a fifth-place result and he is looking to improve upon that this year.
"I had a good run at Oakland last year," said Metcalfe. "We've made some good progress over the last week, and I want to thank the whole Yoshimura Suzuki team. We've got a good package with the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and we're starting to make steps in the right direction, and I'm looking forward to getting up front at Oakland."
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's next event is the fourth round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 28th, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
Los Angeles Supercross Class Results:
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. James Stewart
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. David Millsaps
7. Josh Hansen
8. Broc Tickle
9. Kevin Windham
10. Mike Alessi
2012 Supercross Class Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey – 67
2. Chad Reed – 63
3. Ryan Villopoto – 63
4. Jake Weimer – 48
5. James Stewart – 48
6. Kevin Windham – 43
7. Brett Metcalfe – 38
8. Andrew Short – 36
9. Josh Hansen – 36
10. David Millsaps – 28
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