MECHANICSVILLE, MD(June 17, 2012) – Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing picked up another top-10 finish and moved into the top five in the overall championship points standings at round five of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, MD, on Saturday. Rider Brett Metcalfe raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to two respectable moto finishes to bring home sixth overall. This impressive result also moved Metcalfe up to fifth in the title chase.
This weekend saw Metcalfe overcome two lackluster starts by putting his head down and charging through the field on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. In the first moto, the Australian clicked off solid laps to get to eighth by the race’s end. In moto two, Metcalfe came out even stronger and slotted into eighth by the halfway point. Aggressively battling for the remainder of the moto, Metcalfe moved into seventh and eventually sixth, for a combined-moto result of sixth overall.
“It was a tough track,” said Metcalfe. “In moto one, I had a bad start and I came from a long ways back to get up to eighth. During the break, I worked with the Yoshimura Suzuki team and we made some changes for the second moto. I needed a good start but I didn’t get it, and I was back in 20-plus position. But I rode hard, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was brilliant and I made good passes. Now, we have a break and I’m going to focus on my starts to be better at RedBud. I want to really put the hammer down to get the results I want.”
Yoshimura Suzuki teammate James Stewart continues to suffer from a wrist injury incurred in his recent crash at round three at Thunder Valley. Knowing the series was about to go into a two-week break before the next round, Stewart opted out of Budds Creek so he could focus on recovering and returning 100 percent at RedBud.
“I was sorry to miss Budds Creek,” said Stewart. “I’m getting better, but I’m still not where I need to be to be racing. I’m just looking forward to being completely healthy in a few weeks so I can come back and race the way I was racing at the start of the season.”
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s next event is the sixth round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, July 7th, at the RedBud National in Buchanan, MI.
2012 Budds Creek MX 450 Results:
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Broc Tickle
3. Mike Alessi
4. Jake Weimer
5. Justin Brayton
6. Brett Metcalfe
7. Josh Grant
8. Davi Millsaps
9. Andrew Short
10. Ryan Sipes
2012 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey – 236
2. Mike Alessi – 182
3. Jake Weimer – 179
4. Andrew Short – 154
5. Brett Metcalfe – 142
6. Broc Tickle – 134
7. James Stewart – 116
8. Josh Grant – 111
9. Nico Izzi – 95
10. Justin Brayton – 93
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