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Metcalfe wins first AMA Motocross National at Southwick

Metcalfe wins first AMA Motocross National at Southwick

Metcalfe wins first AMA Motocross National

2011 Brett Metcalfe Southwick Podium

Photo [Top]: Metcalfe celebrates his  big  AMA  Motocross win at Southwick, his first after 8 years in the US.

Video – MediaReborn : Australian Brett Metcalfe wins Round 10 National AMA 450cc Motocross at Southwick, Massachusetts, United States on 27 August 2011.

Aussie Metcalfe breaks through for first overall AMA motocross win at Southwick

On 27 August 2011, South Australian motocross rider Brett Metcalfe broke through to register his first overall AMA motocross victory at Southwick, Massachusetts in the United States.

After years of coming so close, the Team Suzuki rider from Mannum, 85 kilometers east of Adelaide, grabbed his first win in America, after turning professional there eight years earlier – back in 2003. But on day of celebration for Metcalfe, the Southwick round saw an end to Honda’s Chad Reed after his amazing and inspired run to the 450 title ended after he failed to garner any points after suffering two misfortunes.

Following heavy rains from Hurricane Irene, Rockstar Energy’s Metcalfe took the overall win with a 3-2 moto score.  Joining Metcalfe on the overall Motocross podium were the two men in major contention for the AMA MX title, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Metcalfe’s teammate, Ryan Dungey.

Reigning champion Dungey took the holeshot in moto 1 and went on to lead all 17 laps to win it ahead of Villopoto and Metcalfe. But with Dungey not making it to the gate in moto 2 due to issues with his RMZ450 (he would start a full lap behind) Justin Barcia on the American Honda CRF450R made up for his DNF in the first moto to win.

Barcia would go onto win Moto 2, followed Metcalfe and Yamaha rider Justin Brayton, with Kawasaki riders Villopoto and Jake Weimer in fourth and fifth, respectively.  Metcalfe rode well in the mud and came from behind to pass Villopoto to finish on top of the podium ahead of him and Dungey in third overall, who stormed through the field from last to finish seventh in the final moto.

Southwick has been a popular track for Aussie riders with Craig Anderson (NSW) and Michael Byrne (QLD) finishing 1-2 there in 2003, and Hunter Lawrence (QLD) in 2021.

With two rounds remaining in the 2010 AMA 450 Motocross Championship, Villopoto led on 431 points, 8 points ahead of Dungey, with Reed (after his misfortunes) now 65 points off the lead.  Villopoto would go onto win the 2011 Championship, ahead of Dungey and Reed. Brett Metcalfe finished fourth overall, having finished second the previous year aboard a Honda.

Metcalfe had a sensational year in 2010, finishing third overall at the Motocross des Nations at Lakewood in the United States. On 25-26 September 2010 he led the Australian team to sixth overall, with the team also comprising Dean Ferris and Jay Marmont.

Round 10 - AMA Motocross 450cc Results

Southwick, Massachusetts

27 August 2011

Round 10 of 12, Southwick (Overall Round)

1. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (3-2)
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (2-4)
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (1-7)
4. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (7-3)
5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (4-6)

End of year championship

1 Ryan Villopoto Seattle, WA United States (526 points)
2 Ryan Dungey Belle Plaine, MN United States (514)
3 Chad Reed Kurri Kurri Australia (429)
4 Brett Metcalfe, Mannum Australia (374)
5 Mike Alessi Apple Valley, CA United States (304)

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