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Brett Metcalfe Kicks Of Canadian Nationals With 1-1 Result

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Australian Brett Metcalfe has one won the opening round of the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Canadian Motocross Nationals Presented By Motovan in Kamloops, BC this past weekend.

The first MX1 moto proved to be a barnburner, with position changes throughout the top-10. Metcalfe moved into the lead on lap five and once in control the Australian proceeded to put on a clinic, eventually crossing the finish line with a 12-second margin over second place Goerke.

Medaglia, who claimed the Royal Distributing Holeshot, led briefly until he was passed by Goerke, who then handed the lead back to Medaglia, after a slight bobble. Metcalfe and Honda Canada GDR‰Ûªs Colton Facciotti also moved ahead of Goerke who seemed to ride on cruise control for a few laps.

At the halfway point of the moto, however, Goerke charged past Facciotti and within a minute or so he disposed of Medaglia to settle into second place, where he would remain till the finish line. Facciotti managed to stick a pass on Medaglia for third place in the closing laps of the moto and the podium was a done deal.

Cementing the top five were Medaglia in fourth, and Goerke‰Ûªs Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha teammate Bobby Kiniry, who held down a lonely fifth place for most of the moto.

A noteworthy ride was delivered by former MX2 champ Teddy Maier, who took his Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki from a dead last start to 13th place, picking up a few valuable points in the process.

Fast starter Kiniry blasted out of the gate to snare the second moto‰Ûªs Royal Distributing Holeshot, but his lead was short-lived.

Metcalfe and Facciotti, who were on Kiniry‰Ûªs tail going into turn one, shot by the MX1 veteran and from that point on Metcalfe was in control. He built up another amazing lead that would see him finish the moto 23 seconds ahead of Medaglia. Kiniry, meanwhile, back-paddled the rest of the moto to eventually finish eighth.

Goerke, who started in fourth place, with Medaglia in his rear fender, found himself in third on lap two. At the halfway mark of the moto Goerke inherited second place from Facciotti, after the defending champion tipped over in a corner. A grateful Medaglia joined Goerke in also making a pass while Facciotti rejoined the fray in fourth place ahead of Royal Distributing Fox KTM‰Ûªs Cole Thompson.

A few laps later Goerke made the same error Facciotti had made, tipping over in a corner, with the result that Medaglia now found himself the recipient of second place. Goerke remounted very quickly and resumed the race in third ahead of Facciotti.

Although Facciotti had his sights on Goerke, and reeled him in towards the end of the moto, Goerke was able to hold him off to take home third place. Facciotti had to settle for fourth while Thompson, who finished seventh in moto one, cemented the top-five.

At the end of the day Metcalfe claimed the overall win ahead of Matt Georke and Tyler Medaglia

MX1 Overall Results ‰ÛÒ Round 1
1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 1-1
2. Matt Goerke (Yam) 2-3
3. Tyler Medaglia (Husq) 4-2
4. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 3-4
5. Cole Thompson (KTM) 7-5
6. Cade Clason (KTM) 6-7
7. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 5-8
8. Brock Hoyer (Yam) 8-6
9. Kyle Keast (Hon) 9-9
10. Dylan Schmoke (KTM) 10-11

Top Image: Brett Metcalfe stands on the top step of the podium

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