INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 18, 2012) – Yoshimura Suzuki Racing celebrated their best night of Supercross so far this year at round 11 of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, on Saturday night. Brett Metcalfe raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to his first-ever Supercross-class heat race victory, and then went on to bring home an impressive fourth-place result in the Supercross main event.
As the evening’s racing commenced, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Metcalfe was feeling strong and looking good. Going into his eight-lap heat race, the Australian rider did not disappoint. He came off the gate swinging and got the holeshot, then he held onto the lead to take his first heat race win.
“We came in with a different approach with bike setup this weekend,” said Metcalfe. “It was evident in my first lap of practice. I just felt so much more comfortable and could really attack the track and ride the bike. I was really stoked; the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was running great. We got great starts and qualified the best we have all year. In the heat race, we ripped the holeshot and it felt awesome to get out there in front. I was able to hold on and get my first heat win of my 450 career, and that was a big achievement for me.”
In the 20-lap main, Metcalfe continued to charge hard after getting another good launch on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Metcalfe rode aggressively and battled for a podium position for the entire race, running as high as second place before succumbing to a bit of fatigue and finishing fourth.
“In the main, I got another good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450,” said Metcalfe. “I came out of the corner about third or fourth. Then I was able to charge through and get up to second, and ran up there for half the main event. Then I dropped back a few positions because I got tired running up front and holding everybody off, but I was fighting as hard as I could.”
Metcalfe and the Yoshimura Suzuki squad hope to build on the momentum of their first Supercross heat race win and solid main event result as they head toward the series’ next stop in Canada next weekend. Said Metcalfe: “This weekend in Indy was a good start for us with the new setup for the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m looking forward to carrying this on to Toronto next weekend, and I’m really stoked about that.”
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s next event is the 12th round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, March 24th, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Indianapolis Supercross Class Results:
5. Cole Seely
6. Mike Alessi
8. Broc Tickle
9. Weston Peick
10. Nico Izzi
2012 Supercross Class Standings:
1. Ryan Villopoto – 246
2. Ryan Dungey – 192
3. James Stewart – 177
4. Davi Millsaps – 151
5. Kevin Windham – 146
6. Justin Brayton – 143
7. Brett Metcalfe – 142
8. Jake Weimer – 134
9. Chad Reed – 128
10. Mike Alessi – 128
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