Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing picked up another top-10 finish in the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Budds Creek National fifth round at Mechanicsville on Saturday.
Brett Metcalfe raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to two respectable moto finishes to bring home sixth overall, which moved him up to fifth in the title chase.
Metcalfe overcame two lacklustre starts by putting his head down and charging through the field: In the first moto, the Australian clicked off solid laps to get to eighth by the race’s end. In moto two, he came out even stronger and slotted into eighth by the half-way point. He rode aggressively for the remainder of the moto, moved into seventh and eventually sixth for a combined moto result of sixth overall.
Said Metcalfe: “It was a tough track. In moto one, I had a bad start and I came from a long way back to get up to eighth. During the break, I worked with the Yoshimura Suzuki team and we made some changes for the second moto. I needed a good start but I didn’t get it and I was back in 20-plus position. But I rode hard, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was brilliant; and I made good passes. Now, we have a break and I’m going to focus on my starts to be better at RedBud. I want to really put the hammer down to get the results I want.”
Yoshimura Suzuki team mate James Stewart continues to suffer from a wrist injury incurred in his recent crash at round three at Thunder Valley. Knowing the series was about to go into a two-week break before the next round, Stewart opted out of Budds Creek so he could focus on recovering and returning 100 per cent at RedBud.
“I was sorry to miss Budds Creek,” said Stewart. “I’m getting better, but I’m still not where I need to be to be racing. I’m just looking forward to being completely healthy in a few weeks so I can come back and race the way I was racing at the start of the season.”
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s next event is the sixth round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday July 7th at the RedBud National in Buchanan.
2012 Budds Creek MX 450 Results:
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Broc Tickle
3. Mike Alessi
4. Jake Weimer
5. Justin Brayton
6. Brett Metcalfe (Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450)
7. Josh Grant
8. Davi Millsaps
9. Andrew Short
10. Ryan Sipes
2012 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey – 236
2. Mike Alessi – 182
3. Jake Weimer – 179
4. Andrew Short – 154
5. Brett Metcalfe (Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450) – 142
6. Broc Tickle – 134
7. James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450) – 116
8. Josh Grant – 111
9. Nico Izzi – 95
10. Justin Brayton – 93