South Australian-born international Brett Metcalfe has given Husqvarna‰Ûªs 2016 FC 450 a spectacular debut showing in the Australian Supercross championships, finishing second in tonight's third round of the championship at his home venue of Wayville in Adelaide.
To the cheers of the home crowd, Metcalfe powered the virtually stock SD3 Husqvarna through the pack as he recovered from an average start, overtaking defending champion Matt Moss in the closing stages of the race and finishing a close second behind championship leader Daniel Reardon.
A decorated international competitor with a glittering career of motocross Grand Prix, AMA motocross and supercross and more recently Canadian MX National championship racing, Metcalfe couldn‰Ûªt resist the temptation to race before his home crowd in tonight‰Ûªs event.
He rode the only 2016 model Husqvarna FC 450 in the country and, despite a wealth of experience with factory level race bikes, was overjoyed with how competitive the Swedish-born brand‰Ûªs top-shelf motocross weapon was at national level Supercross in standard trim.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy with today." Metcalfe commented after racing on Saturday night. "I haven't been here since I was seven, and I haven't raced here since ‰Ûª99, so for me it was just awesome to relive old memories. It was a pretty cool day.
"As far as the racing, I was extremely happy all day with the SD3 Husqvarna, it ran great through practice and qualifying. The times were good; we were there on the bubble all day.
"The heat racing didn‰Ûªt go so well, I had some bad starts and actually ended up twisting my knee a little bit, so I had to take care of that. But going into the main event the track really shaped up nice and it was a good track for racing tonight.
"I didn't get a good start, but I was pretty much mid pack and chipped away and chipped away, and was able to move up to the top three. I worked on Moss and was able to get by Moss and then close the gap in to Reardon at the end there.
"Just to be that close after such limited time on a bike for supercross, I thought was awesome. And you know, the bike, I mean it is literally nearly a stock bike, I think that's phenomenal and it says a lot for the machine, I think they should be proud of the new Husqvarna. It‰Ûªs pretty cool.‰Û