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South Aus­tralian su­per­star Brett Met­calfe has urged Gee­long to get be­hind him tonight as he tries to knock team­mate Justin Bray­ton off the podium at the Aus­tralian Su­per­cross Cham­pi­onships at GMHBA Sta­dium.

SOUTH Aus­tralian ace Brett Met­calfe has urged Gee­long to get be­hind him tonight as he tries to knock team­mate Justin Bray­ton off the win­ner’s podium.

The Pen­rite Honda team­mates have fin­ished 1-2 in the first two rounds of the Aus­tralian Su­per­cross Cham­pi­onships, with Bray­ton boast­ing a max­i­mum 50 points af­ter back-to-back wins.

The 34-year-old Amer­i­can clearly re­mains the one to beat, af­ter tak­ing out the en­tire cham­pi­onship last sea­son, but Met­calfe has his sights set on over­throw­ing his team­mate.

“We’ve got to look out for the spon­sors and do the right thing by our team, but ul­ti­mately it’s an in­di­vid­ual sport,” said Met­calfe, who was out and about yes­ter­day with a visit to North­ern Bay Col­lege, where he handed out 40 tick­ets to tonight’s event.

“Even though the team sup­ports us with ev­ery­thing that we need, it’s an in­di­vid­ual race and I want to win this week­end.

“Next week­end is Ade­laide, that’s home for me, so this race is re­ally im­por­tant for the cham­pi­onship and I want to get a win, that would be nice.”

But Met­calfe, 34, ad­mit­ted knock­ing off Bray­ton would be no easy feat.

“I want to win, but he’s been re­ally strong,” Met­calfe said.

“He’s rid­ing fast, so he’s def­i­nitely dif­fi­cult to beat, but I’ve got it in me. I know I can get it done, so hope­fully this week­end is the one.

“We had a long mo­tocross sea­son and then go­ing into su­per­cross, it just feels good to get a cou­ple of sec­onds. We’ve made some progress ev­ery week, just a lit­tle bit, and got a bit more prac­tice un­der my belt, so this week­end I want to win.”

Met­calfe said Gee­long pro­vided the per­fect arena to race su­per­cross.

“See­ing the pic­tures, the sta­dium looks in­cred­i­ble and it’s great to see a su­per­cross track in there, so it’s pretty awe­some,” he said.

“The weather’s go­ing to be beau­ti­ful for us, so I think it’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing night.

“Hope­fully we get an awe­some crowd turnout. I hear the num­bers are al­ready look­ing pretty good.”

Pic­ture: ALI­SON WYNDSTAR FAC­TOR: North­ern Bay Col­lege prep Tay­lah Kirby meets su­per­cross champ Brett Met­calfe dur­ing a school visit yes­ter­day.

Pic­ture: ALI­SON WYND

RID­ING HIGH: North­ern Bay Col­lege prep stu­dent Tay­lah Kirby, 6, scored one of 40 tick­ets to tonight's event from su­per­cross champ Brett Met­calfe.

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