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Young Aussies Shine at Paris Supercross

Young Aussies Shine at Paris Supercross

Young Aussies shine at Paris Supercross

2000 Bercy Supercross Paris, France - Young Aussie Heroes - Chad Reed, Brett Metcalfe and Michael Byrne - By Olivia de Vaulx

Photos: Emerging Aussie motocross stars – Chad Reed , Brett Metcalfe and Michael Byrne ( Action photo by Olivier de Vaulx)

Young Aussies emerge on world stage in Paris

Three young Australians shone at the 18th Annual Paris (Bercy) Supercross in France in 2000, launching their international motocross careers.

The Paris Supercross is one of the World’s most famous Supercross meetings and – for the first time since Jeff Leisk won a night some 15 years earlier – an Aussie stood on top of the podium in Paris, in fact two!

Chad Reed (Kawasaki) scored two podiums on the final Sunday night, finishing sixth overall in the King of Bercy three-day event for 250cc riders, which was held on 27-28-29 October 2000.

A fast and consistent Michael Byrne (Honda) finished fifth overall and Brett Metcalfe (KTM) won a race in the Prince of Bercy for the 125cc class, finishing third overall.

The Paris Supercross has a long and successful history and started in the centre of the city, at the Palais Omnisports in the area of Bercy.

Massive mechanical robots bring the riders into the stadium for this magical event. And the winners list is a who’s who of the sport.

For the first time in the history of the event, the overall winner – hometown hero and Team Yamaha’s David Vullemin – went through the three nights undefeated against the top American riders, including Jeremy McGrath.

The French riders made it a clean sweep with Sebastian Tortelli (Honda) and Mickael Pichon (Suzuki) finishing in second and third, respectively.

The Aussie’s performances showcased Australia’s emerging talent at the time, with both Reed and Metcalfe being touted as candidates for being the next “Jeff Leisk”

Reed signed with Team Kawasaki to compete in the 2001 World 250cc Championship in Europe, coming second in his first attempt before moving to the USA.

Metcalfe competed for KTM in the World 125cc Championship and Byrne signed with Jeff Emig’s TheEdgeSports.com team for 2001 in the USA.

1986 Jeff Leisk finished 9th overall in AMA 125cc Championship

Jeff Leisk – The first Aussie to win a night at the Paris Supercross

2000 Paris (Bercy) Supercross Results

King of Bercy – 250cc

1. Vuillemin (Fra, Yamaha)
2. Tortelli (Fra, Honda)
3. Pichon (Fra, Suzuki)
4. Huffman (USA, Suzuki)
5. Byrne (Aus, Honda)
6. Reed (Aus, Kawasaki)

Prince of Bercy – 125cc

1.Buckelew (USA, Yamaha)
2. Thain (Fra, KTM)
3. Metcalfe (Aus, KTM)
4. Schnell (USA, Yamaha)
5. Rodrigues (Por, Honda)

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