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Brett Metcalfe confirmed for Oceania Motocross

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Brett Metcalfe
American-based Aussie Brett Metcalfe has been confirmed as a starter for 2005 Yamaha Oceania Motocross Championship (OMXC), to be held at the celebrated Barrabool circuit, near Geelong (Victoria), on November 12-13. The South Australian will ride a Yamaha YZ250F in the Pro Lites category as part of the 18-strong Australian ensemble, in what will be his first appearance at Barrabool since 2000. "I'm looking forward to coming back home," said Metcalfe, who has just concluded the American 125cc Motocross Championship. "I rode at Barrabool in the 2000 Thumper Nats (a four-stroke-based national series) and the track was 'sick' back then - and I hear it's better now. "I remember the big straight along the top. It was big and wide open, and I was crapping myself as my bike started headshaking in the braking bumps! "Without a doubt, Barrabool compares with the top tracks in the world, and it's certainly one of the best I've ridden on."
Brett Metcalfe
Metcalfe's signature follows on from that of Aussie superstar Chad Reed and New Zealander Josh Coppins, who will captain their respective teams in the Bledisloe Cup of motocross. Coppins, 28, finished second in this year's Motocross World Championship. Metcalfe, whose brother Shane is an Australian factory rider with Team Green Kawasaki, won five national junior motocross titles before leaving the country at the age of 16 to compete in the 2001 125cc Motocross World Championship. A two-year tenure in the predominantly European-based championship provided one of his career highlights - a fourth place in round one of the 2002 title ‰ÛÒ but the challenge of racing in America soon beckoned. The 21-year-old has been based in the States since 2003, where his best performance remains a superb first-up campaign in the 125cc east supercross title finishing fifth in 2003. Metcalfe's Barrabool cameo will not only fortify the Australian team as it seeks to wrest the Oceania trophy back from New Zealand, but he's also eager to test himself against the best of the local brigade after such a long time away. "Racing against the best Australian riders will be interesting ‰ÛÒ and one of the reasons why competing at Barrabool was such an attractive proposition," said Metcalfe. "I haven't seen any of them race in a long time, but I know my form is good, and I've adapted to the YZ250F very well. "All in all, it's going to be awesome for the spectators, and I hope that people turn up in their thousands to help the (promoting) club generate enough money to save the circuit." The Yamaha OMXC, which is sanctioned by the international governing body of motorcycle racing, the FIM, will see riders compete over two races per class, and the country which accumulates the most points is the overall winner. Both Trans-Tasman teams will consist of 18 riders: six apiece in the Pro Open and Pro Lites divisions, with the balance completed by three women and three juniors. The full Australian team will be announced in mid-October, and is expected to include the who's who of local talent, including Reed's cousin Craig Anderson, Cameron Taylor, Cheyne Boyd, Danny Ham, Troy Dorron, Daniel McCoy, Robbie Marshall, Shane Metcalfe and Ryan Marmont. Highlights of the 2005 event will be the final Pro Feature Race and the Pro Shootout. The Pro Feature Race will see the top 20 Pro Lite riders against the top 20 Pro Open punters in an all-in, best-of-the-best finale to the weekend. Earlier on the Sunday, the Shootout will see the four fastest Pro Open and Pro Lites riders from each country go head-to-head, one-on-one to see who can set the fastest lap of the awesome Barrabool track. The last Oceania Motocross Championship was held in late 2003 at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex in Broadford (Victoria), with the 30-rider Kiwi team scoring an easy 145 point victory ‰ÛÒ 549 to 404. For more details, visitwww.oceaniamx.com.

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