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Australian Motocross Legend Brett Metcalfe

2010 Motocross des Nations - Brett Metcalfe Australia Honda MX1 - Lakewood USA 25-26 September (By Peter Coward)
2011 Brett Metcalfe Southwick Podium
2011 Australia third at Motocross of Nations in France - Chad Reed, Matt Moss and Brett Metcalfe

Photos: [Left]  South Australian motocross legend Brett Metcalfe in action at the 2010 Motocross des Nations on his MX1 Honda at Lakewood USA (By Peter Coward); [top right]  Metcalfe celebrating his 2011 AMA MX overall victory at  Southwick in the USA; and  part of the first Australian team to podium at the Motocross of Nations, in 2011 at Saint d’angely in France.

Brett Metcalfe - Australian International motocross and supercross legend

Brett Metcalfe is a professional motocross and supercross racer from the rural town of Mannum in South Australia, 80 kilometers west of Adelaide.

“Metty” as he is nicknamed, got a taste of international racing experience in 2001, at age 17, racing in the famous Paris (Bercy) Supercross in France – after winning both the Australian Supercross Championship and prestigious Australian Supercross Masters series in the 125cc / Lites class.

Along with fellow-Australians Chad Reed and Michael Byrne, the trio impressed with all three riders launching their international racing careers at this event.  In the Prince of Bercy 125cc class, Metcalfe finished on the podium in third overall, winning one of the main races.

Metcalfe then pursued a full-time international racing career, competing in the 2002 World 125cc Championship before turning pro in 2003 – moving to the United States, then Canada – racing for many of the sport’s elite American factory race teams.

During his stellar racing career, Metcalfe finished on the podium more than 20 times in AMA MX / SX events – finishing second in the 2010 AMA National Motocross Championship and winning the 2013 Canadian Motocross Championship.

His greatest achievement came on 27 August 2011 when he was the overall winner at the AMA National Motocross event at Southwick, Massachusetts.  Then the following month he represented Australia in the 2011 Motocross of Nations at St Jean d’Angély, France in front of 60,000 fans.  Together with Chad Reed and Matt Moss, the trio created history to become the first Australians to podium at this World Motocross Teams event.

Metcalfe represented his country five times in the Motocross des Nations between 2008 and 2013, with Team Australia finishing in the Top 10 on all of these occasions. 

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Metcalfe wins Canadian Motocross Championship

Brett Metcalfe represented Australia five times in the Motocross des Nations
2022 Penrite AMX Pro - Round 4 Gillman MX1 Moto 1 winner Brett Metcalfe

In 2013 at Teutschenthal in Germany, Metcalfe was the fastest MX1 qualifier against the world’s best motocross riders, including American AMA legend Ryan Dungey who finished  behind him in second place, with British Motocross Champion Tommy Searle in third.

In 2016, the Canadian Motocross Champion signed with Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha to contest this championship series, before signing a deal with Honda to race in Australia for 2018.

Metcalfe was the Runner-up Australian MX1 and SX1 champion in 2018, finishing fourth in the 2019 National Supercross series.

With the cancellation of the 2019 and 2020 National Penrite ProMX Motocross Championships due to the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions between States, Metcalfe returned to his home in Mannum with his wife and children and completely dominated the South Australian Motocross Championships.

Metcalfe finished sixth in the 2021 National MX1 class riding a CRF for Honda Racing Australia and fourth in 2022, after switching to a KTM with the GO24 / Whitehaul Transport / KTM team – an incredible achievement for the veteran 38-year-old, up against the younger riders and big factory teams.

For 2023, Brett Metcalfe joins Penrite Oil in partnership for the GO24 (Get Outdoors) campaign to inspire young Australians to follow their dreams and pursue excellence in their chosen field and stay active, fit and healthy.  

Metcalfe’s Go24 initiative supports grass roots motorcycling and involves him travelling around Australia visiting schools with a focus on getting children to be more active, also encouraging aspiring young and upcoming riders to take up riding.

Photos: [top] Brett Metcalfe represented Australia five times in the Motocross des Nations,  creating history to finish on the podium in France in 2011 with Chad Reed and Matt Moss; and [bottom] Metcalfe  during the 2021 Penrite Pro MX Australian Championships.

Metcalfe's key career highlights

2000 Australian Supercross Masters - Brett Metcalfe - 26th November

Photo:  In 2001, young 17-year-old Brett  Metcalfe won the Australian Supercross Masters series and National Supercross Championship in the  125 / Lites class

Motocross and Supercross

  • Australian 125 / Lites Supercross Champion (2001)
  • Winner of the Australian Supercross Masters 125 / Lites series (2001)
  • 3rd Overall Prince of Bercy – Paris Supercross, France (2001)
  • Contested rounds of World 125cc Motocross Championship (2001-2002)
  • Finished on the podium more than 20 times in AMA MX / SX events
    – finished second in the 2010 AMA National Motocross Championship
  • Overall winner – AMA 450cc MX round at Southwick, Massachusetts (2011)
  • Canadian Motocross Champion (2013)
  • 6th Australian MX1 Championship (2021)
  • 4th Australian MX1 Championship (2022)

Motocross des Nations

2013
Teutschenthal, Germany (Australia 4th)
MX1, Kawasaki (10-8)
Fastest qualifier in the MX1 class

2011
St Jean d’Angély, France (Australia 3rd)
Open, Suzuki (7-10)

2010
Lakewood, Colorado, USA (Australia 6th)
MX1, Honda (3-5) Third overall in class
Qualified 2nd

2009
Autodromo di Franciacorta, Italy (Australia 7th)
MX2, Honda, (17-9)

2008
Donnington Park, England (Australia 6th)
MX2, Kawasaki (17-10) 
Fourth overall in class, qualified 2nd)

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