What do Mike Alessi, Brett Metcalfe, Andrew McFarlane, and Josh
Grant all have in common, besides being the top four finishers at the
Hangtown 250F National two weeks ago? Turns out that all four of them
were in New England this past “off” weekend to race the invitational at
Southwick. The winner? Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe, runner-up two
weeks ago at Hangtown and now a bona fide Toyota AMA Motocross Series
contender. For this week’s Alpinestars Monday Conversation, we caught
up with Brett at his home for the week—the parking lot of Mototown USA.
Usually on Monday I have to track you down in California, but not this
weekend. Are you in Massachusetts or Connecticut, or do you know?
Brett Metcalfe: [Laughs] Um, that’s a good question! I think it’s Connecticut – Windsor Locks.
You were up there for the Southwick Invitational, and from all the reports I’ve seen, it sounds like you had a heck of a day.
Yeah, it was a pretty awesome day. I won all four motos. I don’t
think I’ve won four motos straight since I was back in amateurs in
Australia! It was pretty cool, man. I had a great day and everything
worked out good.
So did you win all of them on a YZ250F or did you ride a 450, too?
I rode the 450 in the first 450 moto, which is called the 200 Plus
class, and me and Andrew [McFarlane] had a pretty good battle. And in
the last moto, I didn’t ride it because it’s too much of a beast. And
then I rode the 250F class in the 125 class. I think I go faster on the
Let’s start with the race itself. It sounds like it was a pro national with all of the talent that was up there.
For sure. It was myself, my teammate Andrew McFarlane, Mike Alessi,
and Josh Grant. And in the 450 class it was Davi Millsaps and Jeff
Dement, who had a big crash and knocked himself out. There was also
Bryan Johnson, Martin Davalos, and a couple local guys who were going
This is the first time that you’ve probably been on that track when they ran it backward. How did you like it?
In practice I was kind of skeptical because the old track was so
cool. But at the end of the day, I thought the track was kind of cool.
I like it and it got rough as hell. All week I’ve been hearing, “It’s
going to be rougher backwards.” I don’t know, it was pretty rough, but
I can’t wait for the national.
A couple years ago, I went up there between amateur day and the
national, and they had let it be after the amateur racing, and it was
the roughest track I've ever ridden! It was as rough as Cocoa Beach
used to get down in Florida. That’s where RC and Stewart were raised.
Yeah, it was rough, but it was pretty good.
What are you going to do for the rest of the week?
|Metcalfe had his bars bent at High Point after colliding with Kelly Smith |
|photo: Matt Ware |
I’m just going to ride around this area. I’m actually staying at
Mototown U.S.A. It’s pretty cool. It’s an awesome facility and they
have a really good sand track in the back, so we’re just riding here
and around the area. There seems to be a lot of tracks all hidden in
the trees and stuff.
Have you ever seen a place like Mototown?
No, never. It’s insane!
Once they get that place going, I think it’s going to be a great
destination, not only for amateurs in New England but just anyone who
wants to spend a week in the winter just training and riding.
Oh yeah, it’s perfect for the winter here.
Let’s go back two weeks. What happened at High Point? You were
coming off that great race at Hangtown, but it seemed like you couldn’t
catch a break in Pennsylvania.
No, I didn’t. The first moto was just me: I started off okay but I
didn’t have the right bike setup, and I started making mistakes and
riding tight and I blew it myself and crashed. In the last moto we
changed the setup and everything was going good, and then I went for
the pass on the downhill staircase and I went inside Kelly Smith and he
went outside, then he doubled in and just landed straight on top of my
arm. It wasn’t his fault—we just came together. But he landed on my
handlebars and they bent straight down. Luckily, neither of us crashed
or got hurt, but unfortunately, my bars looked like Ricky’s bars or
something. They were all tweaked, so it took me a few laps to kind of
get dialed in riding with my right arm way down. So I just did as good
as I could, and that’s about it.
day you and Andrew had at Hangotwn was probably the second greatest day
in AMA motocross for Australia, the first being all the way back in
2003 when Craig Anderson and Michael Byrne went 1-2 at Southwick. Is
that a possibility this season? Can we possibly see two more Aussies on
the podium at Southwick this weekend?
|Metcalfe hopes he and McFarlane have a good time in the sand this Sunday |
|photo: Simon Cudby |
I think there is definitely a good chance. Andrew is a strong rider
in the sand and I love it – it’s one of my strong points. If all goes
well and we get good starts and ride smooth, I think we can do it.
Is getting out of the first turn harder at Southwick when you go left, like it’s going this year, or when you go right?
I don’t know. Once again, I heard all week that the left-hander
really sucks, but I thought that the old first corner sucked anyways. I
didn’t mind it; I thought it was okay. I really didn’t see too many
pileups or anything in the first turn.
That old first turn, you’d have to take your foot off the brake and
do a 180, and then it was long, fast, and scary going up through there.
Yeah, it kind of bunches up now, but everyone funnels through. I think it’s a little bit cleaner.
Good deal. Well hey, congratulations. I know MotoDude on Mototalk
and Coach Ryno will both be proud of how you and Andrew did, and
they’ll be pulling for you this weekend.
All right, thanks a lot, Davey. I also just want to thank my
mechanic, Keith - he busted his ass all week to get my bike ready. I
want to thank Yamaha of Troy, Boost Mobile, Pirelli tires, Fly Racing,
Scott goggles, M2R helmets, Alpinestars boots, DonJoy Knee Braces and
See you at Southwick, Brett.
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