Motocross

Metcalfe looks to Southwick for redemption after 12th at Unadilla

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Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe struggled with starts all weekend at round nine of the 2011 Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross Championship in the Rockstar Energy Drink Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York at the weekend.

Despite the dramas of getting out of the gate the Australian made the best of it: In the first moto he charged hard from 12th place all the way to a solid sixth-placed finish.

In the second moto, he was running with the top 10 and then moved through the field to battle for fifth place. Towards the end of the moto, however, he had contact with another rider and went down. He remounted and tried to salvage as many points as possible and in the end brought home a 12th-placed overall finish.

"I really wanted to be contending for the podium again," said Metcalfe.

"Unfortunately my starts were a little off and this is a tough track to pass on. On the positive side, I rode strong; I came through the pack and was able to make moves. In the first moto, I ended up sixth. In the second moto, I had a good ride going and was challenging for fifth. But I came together with another rider and my front brake got jammed and that cost me.

"The Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was working awesome and the team was great, so it's a 'bummer' I wasn't able to show what I could do. But now I'm looking forward to Southwick. I had some bad luck there last year and I want to redeem myself. I'm going to be running up front and I want to win that race."

The next event Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross Championship round is the 10th round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, August 27th at the Rockstar Energy Drink Southwick National in Southwick, MA.

Main Photo: Brett Metcalfe battles with compatriot Chad Reed at Undadilla

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