After reading Brett Metcalfe's interview with Racer X Online's Jason Weigandt this morning, all I could think was, “Wow, this is a brutal sport—brutal on the track and almost as brutal on the business end.” In the interview, Brett talks about the mid-season practice crash that broke his tibia and seriously injured his wrist. The crash took him out of the end of the 2012 season—which is usually Metty's time to shine—and seriously hurt his market value for contract negotiations for the upcoming 2013 season.
While injuries—and the drop in value that comes with them—are normal in our sport, it is not too often that they are caused by blatant mistakes from factory teams. If it is more normal than we think, that is because it is usually kept pretty hush-hush by the rider and team, like Shorty's crash at KTM that has never really been openly talked about. This time, though, Brett is speaking out about the incident and the bad taste in his mouth about how he has been treated by Suzuki ever since.
To hear from Metty about the crash, what Suzuki did or didn't do that caused it and why Brett is speaking out about it, check out the interview over at Racer X Online in "Insight: Brett Metcalfe