Paul Broomfield to replace Andrew McFarlane

After a worse-than-expected diagnosis on his broken right collarbone, Andrew McFarlane is a scratching from the Australian team for this year's Motocross of Nations (MoN) on October 3, and will be replaced by Paul Broomfield.

McFarlane, who had surgery in the UK last week, has been advised to convalesce for a couple of months, with his major focus now on regaining full fitness for a tilt at the 2005 Motocross World Championship. The indisposition of McFarlane, who has been the mainstay of the Australian MoN team in recent years, has now opened the door for an elated Broomfield to make his second successive appearance in the teams' event, after what has been a limited year of campaigning for the 28-year-old from Camden (NSW).

"With the question mark over McFarlane, I was first sounded out about the ride late last week," said Broomfield, who finished fourth in the 2003 Australian Motocross Championship. "And now it's going to happen -- I'm still coming to terms with it really.

"I haven't been that active on the national motocross scene in 2004, although I did ride in the final round at Wonthaggi (Vic) and I was quite happy with how I rode. Now I'm going to work really hard on losing a few kilos and regaining some fitness in preparation for the event."

Broomfield, who has devoted most of his energies to motocross instructing in 2004, will ride a Yamaha YZ250F in the MX2 class at the MoN, alongside event rookies Cheyne Boyd (KTM 540 SX, Open class) and Lee Ellis (Honda CRF450R, MX1).

-Motorcycling Australia