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Only three points separates Australia and Team America (351-348) after day one of racing in the three-nation International Challenge at Phillip Island, with California’s multi-AMA champ Josh Hayes scoring victory in race one and Melbourne’s Alex Phillis winning race two.
Melbourne’s Jed Metcher heads a solid Australian showing in qualifying today for this weekend’s International Challenge at the 27th Island Classic, steering his 1984 Yamaha FJ 1200 to the top spot on the grid in afternoon qualifying with a time of 1m37.248s.
Team Australia may have its stable of superstars competing in the 2020 International Island Classic at Phillip Island this weekend, but America arrives with a seriously strong line-up including American husband and wife duo Josh Hayes and Melissa Paris
The Team Australia regular is familiar with Island Classic success having topped the individual points table at the 2018 event on his way to giving Australia its first Challenge win in three years.
Australia will take on America in the 2020 FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup, a title to be keenly fought at Phillip Island’s International Island Classic historic bike meet, January 24-26.