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Jed Metcher Ready For Island Classic

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With just over two weeks to the 22nd AMCN International Island Classic ‰ÛÒ the largest historic bike meet in the southern hemisphere to be held at Phillip Island from January 23-25 ‰ÛÒ Australia‰Ûªs Jed Metcher has had a final shakedown on the Scott Owen Racing Developments Katana at the Grand Prix circuit.

Melbourne‰Ûªs 24 year old Metcher, the 2011 FIM European 600 Superstock champion, is a welcome newcomer to the Australian team for the Classic‰Ûªs premier International Challenge event. He‰Ûªll add youth to the local team and will work with veterans like Steve Martin and Shawn Giles to defend Australia‰Ûªs long standing hold of the trophy over rivals the UK, NZ and the USA.

Testing Tuesday of this week, Jed was accompanied by his Race Center crew chief, Darren Sciberras, and team, running in partnership with Scott Owen Racing Developments at the Classic.

Metcher‰Ûªs team preparations for the event have been a little interrupted with an unplanned factory move for Scott Owen, however things are now starting to come together. Time on the bike has been limited but even with only seventeen laps on the beautiful Katana, Metcher is already feeling comfortable and managed to squeeze out times estimated to be 1min40.0 lap around the 4.445km iconic seaside circuit.

Metcher walked away happy enough, but most importantly, ready for his first hit out at the third largest motorcycling event on the Australian calendar, behind the MotoGP and World Superbikes.

‰ÛÏThis test was a really important one, as next time we hit the track on this Katana, it will be for real,‰Û

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