Penrite Honda Racing’s Brett Metcalfe enjoyed a podium finish over the weekend at round 7 of the MX Nationals ‘Retro’ double header, held in Raymond Terrance, New South Wales.
Due to noise restrictions, the two round racing format took on an unorthodox schedule. Round 7 was split across the two days with moto 1 taking place on Saturday and moto 2 on Sunday morning. Then round 8 kicked off on Sunday afternoon with two, eight lap races running back to back, with an eight-minute break in-between.
Metcalfe’s pace in round 7 was fast and fierce. He pushed hard and finished 2nd and 4th respectively to take out 3rd overall.
“Coming away with a 3rd overall at round 7 felt good, it’s where we need to be all of the time and it’s given the team and I something to work towards, we know consistency is the key!” Metcalfe said.
Metcalfe finished round 8 with a 3rd and 6th respectively, moving into 5th overall in the Championship.
“For round 8, things felt off for me, the format was different and caught me off guard and I think not practicing or qualifying was particularly hard for me. I didn’t come away with the result I needed or wanted for round 8, it’s unfortunate. I do take the positive though that we have moved from 9th in the championship to 5th and I’m happy with the pace we showed” Metcalfe finished.
Callum Norton had a mixed weekend of results, after his first foray in the MX1 class.
“This weekend was a lot about learning and understanding my new competitors. My starts were not that great and something I will work on but I was happy to finish 8th overall at round 7. The intensity of the front runners is next level and it’s a gap I will work hard on closing.” Said Norton
The team are very pleased with Norton’s display of competitiveness over the weekend, on both days. Finishing 8th in both motos in round 7 and in round 8, finishing 8th and 17th, which saw Norton finish the weekend in 12th overall.
“I am happy to take top 10 finishes in three out of four races. I know what I need to work on before round 9 and I will be 100% focused on motocross now that the desert races are over,” said Norton.
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