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Brett Metcalfe commits to full season with SD3 Husqvarna

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Brett Metcalfe commits to full season with SD3 Husqvarna
It might not be the biggest or most heavily backed team getting around, but the SD3 Husqvarna team continues to punch well above its weight, announcing the signing of international star Brett Metcalfe as its full-time premier class rider for season 2017.

The 32-year-old, originally from Mannum in South Australia, will ride the Australian MX Nationals championship in its entirety, before taking on the Australian Supercross Championships at the end of the year.

In a glittering international career that has lasted almost 15 years, Metcalfe became AMA motocross Vice Champion in 2010, Southwick National winner in 2011, and was a member of the Australia motocross of Nations team which finished on the podium in 2011.

Metcalfe rode a four-race stint for the SD3 team at the beginning of last year's MX Nationals, and with the ink still drying on his contract and virtually no test time, still gave the brand its first real premier class contender since the 1970s.

Riding a very standard Husqvarna FC 450 against the thoroughly developed factory bikes of the opposition, the decorated international still scored podium finishes in two of the four rounds, and gave Husqvarna a race victory in the third round of the championship at Appin, before departing to compete in the Canadian Motocross Nationals.
Brett Metcalfe commits to full season with SD3 Husqvarna
Brett Metcalfe. Photo: Arryn Monerds
"The decision was fairly simple for me and my family. I‰Ûªd done some brief stints in 2015 and 2016 with the SD3 team and we have a successful working relationship established with good sponsors," Metcalfe explained.

"Our 2016 run was in some ways a trial run, and we learnt what a standard Husqvarna FC450 is capable of; we won races and had podiums. I know we have a product that can win, a team and company of people committed to work and most importantly, we want to make it fun and creative for the team. I wanted to be a part of this!

"A huge factor is bringing my family down for the season to experience the lifestyle Australia can offer. It will be nice for the kids to visit new places and make new friends and memories. We have a unique team with Owner Steve and Dimity McKinnon having 4 kids, myself with 2 kids and now Luke and Kirra adding to the clan with a baby expected in March. So the lifestyle for us revolves around family and racing. It just fits right now.

"Last year the competition was intense. You need to go back many years to find that depth and talent. It was how Aussie MX needs to be! 2017 will be no different. I expect the same players plus a few new entries to run up front. I may be the oldest in the field now, but I embrace that. I want to win more than ever and I believe in myself and my team.

"Luke (Arbon) is a great talent and person. I loved every day last year getting to ride and train together. I might be a little biased as he's a fellow SA boy so I've followed him closer than the other riders. We get along really well as friends, and together we can both push each other.

"Our young U19 rider Kaleb is up and coming and has the potential to win this year‰Ûªs championship. As a matter of fact, we all can!‰Û

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