Metcalfe & Stroupe Both Place In Top Five at San Fran

January 30, 2008 6:11am
Brett Metcalfe makes the podium with 3rd place finish while rookie teammate Austin Stroupe battles for 5th place overall Lites class finish
CORONA, Calif., (Jan. 29, 2008) – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe got things going early at San Francisco’s AT&T Ballpark, winning his heat race and taking a bunch of momentum into the Lites class main event despite having to battle torrential rains that plagued this past weekend’s supercross event, Round Four of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.
With the lead rider (Jason Lawrence) in his sights, Metcalfe – who had 2nd place in the bag – momentarily slowed a bit when he reportedly mistook the white flag to be the checkers. This allowed Thomas Hahn to pass him for 2nd place, but Metcalfe was still able to hold on and make the podium (3rd).
“The weather was crazy, but I actually had a lot of fun out there,” said Metcalfe. “The guys at Pro Circuit had my KX250F dialed and I think we could have won it had I not made a few mistakes. Glad we were at least able to make the podium. I’m looking forward to hopefully doing that again here in Anaheim this weekend.”
Metcalfe’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate, Austin Stroupe, was on the podium pace as well, running in 3rd place during the early portions of the Lites class final after ramping up for the main event by finishing 2nd in heat No. 2. And though a couple bobbles would cost Stroupe a spot on the podium with Metcalfe, he did manage to salvage a respectable 5th place overall finish.
Through four Western Region Lites races Metcalfe is in 5th place in the standings and Stroupe is in 8th – just seven points outside the top four.
Next up for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is Round Five of 2008 Monster Energy Supercross at Anaheim’s, Calif., Angels Stadium (Feb. 2).