Brett Metcalfe fights hard to Anaheim top ten

Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe raced to another top-10 finish at Saturday night's fifth round of the AMA/FIM Supercross series at Anaheim in California.

Although Australian Metcalfe admitted he was a little underwhelmed by his performance, the Suzuki rider still put in some impressive laps in both his heat race and in the Main Event: In the former, Metcalfe overcame a rough start to card an eighth-placed result and transfer to the Main. And in the 20-lap Main, he again struggled at the start but then charged even harder on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to bring home a ninth-placed finish.

"I had a rough weekend last week," admitted Metcalfe. "I went down and didn't have a good result. So I was really determined to put in a good result at Anaheim. I was feeling good on the track, but I was a little bit 'off' all day, so that was kind of a 'bummer.' Going into the heat race, I felt good and things were looking up, but I wheelied off the gate and got a bad start and ended up finishing eighth.

"In the Main, I got another bad start and was never able to get it going. But now, I'm looking forward to getting back into it this week and working hard and coming out for San Diego and trying to get things back on track."

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's next event is the sixth round of the 2012 AMA/ FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, February 11th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

Anaheim 2 Supercross Class Results:

1. Ryan Villopoto 2. James Stewart 3. Chad Reed 4. Ryan Dungey 5. Justin Brayton 6. Kevin Windham 7. David Millsaps 8. Mike Alessi 9. Brett Metcalfe (Yoshimura Suzuki) 10. Broc Tickle

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