Analysis: An MXGP Preview II

Part two of the MX Vice MXGP preview

· 7 minutes read

The deal of the day on 24MX.

There are six riders who will contest the premier division in the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship and be expected to win races, then there is a second tier below that. The tier is full of riders who can win or land on the podium on any given weekend. Will they do it consistently though? Another six MXGP riders are profiled in part two of this MX Vice preview.

Max Anstie

A casual fan may be concerned that Max Anstie has gone from a full-factory squad like Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing to Standing Construct KTM, but this may end up being a rather positive move for him. Anstie mentioned to MX Vice exclusively that he enjoys the freedom that one gets when on a satellite team and that is paying dividends. It obviously worked out well for him at Hawkstone Park and LaCapelle Marival was also a solid outing. Remember that he receives some trick parts from the factory as well, so it is not like he is on inferior equipment at KTM.

It sounds like one thing that Max Anstie has worked on in recent months is the hard-pack tracks. There is obviously no way that anyone can question his ability in the sand, as he has landed on the box in The Netherlands and Belgium in the last twelve months, so imagine if he could replicate that in nations like France or Italy? The sky is really the limit if he can unlock that and stay healthy. Most forget he had an issue with recovering from a concussion a year ago, which really hurt him in the first half. Had that not been an issue then he could have been sixth in the points.

(Standing Construct KTM)

Glenn Coldenhoff

Glenn Coldenhoff is riding the wave of an Motocross of Nations bump at the moment. Casual fans are more interested in him now, after that phenomenal ride at RedBud, but will he really step up from where he was before the event? It is not like he is going to set the world alight through the first half of the term anyway, as he is fresh off of a broken wrist and three broken vertebrae. Although he only begun riding again a few weeks ago, Standing Construct KTM have confirmed to MX Vice that he will race in Argentina. The goal is to just pick up points.

There is an intriguing storyline brewing underneath the Standing Construct KTM awning, although it is going to be a while before it takes off. Who will be the top guy there? Max Anstie and Glenn Coldenhoff are two of the mellower stars in the paddock, so the atmosphere is going to be great underneath the truck but determining who will finish better when both guys are at one hundred percent is tough! It is a great talking point. It is actually realistic that Tim Mathys could have two riders up on the box at one event. What a milestone that would be.

(Standing Construct KTM)

Jeremy Seewer

Jeremy Seewer is heading into the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina under the radar and it all feels a bit odd. Does he get enough credit for finishing in a clear eighth in the standings last year? Seewer was hovering around the top five a lot too. Consider that and then add the fact that he has more experience in the premier division now and is on a full-factory team, following that term with the Wilvo outfit. All of this indicates that the only way is up from here, yet he is not getting the attention or respect that all of these things warrant.

What is his ceiling with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing? Well, he was so close to grabbing that maiden podium finish last year so ticking that one off of the list has to be the priority. It would not be much of a surprise if he does not make it up onto the box at any point, as there is a long list of guys with that same goal, but he should be there or thereabouts. That is exactly what he is supposed to do though. It is no secret that he is the second guy on the factory outfit and his job is to just back Romain Febvre up. There is no doubt that he will do that in an effective manner.

(Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

Pauls Jonass

Put Pauls Jonass into the same category as Glenn Coldenhoff and Evgeny Bobryshev: This thing is going to take time. Jonass tore his ACL in that fall at the Grand Prix of Turkey last year and underwent surgery towards the end of September. The recovery process was obviously long, as always with a torn ACL, so he actually only got on the FC 450 for the first time at the end of January. It was unknown whether he was going to race at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, but he will be on track. Do not expect much to begin with though.

Where is he going to be once he actually gets back to one hundred percent? Well, looking at everything logically, he was slightly stronger than Jeremy Seewer in the MX2 division and should therefore achieve similar things to what he did last year, if not be slightly better. One would think that he will break inside of the top five by the time that the series enters the second half, huh? This is a former world champion! Landing on the box will be a tall order though and may not actually happen until his sophomore season. It is important to remember that this is a building year.

(Husqvarna/Marcin Kin)

Arminas Jasikonis

Another new signing on the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. Arminas Jasikonis is really in an odd spot, as some expect a lot from him whilst others put themselves on the opposite end of the scale. The reality is that he is still relatively new to racing at this level and last year was a write off. It is safe to assume that a final series ranking is not a priority for him at this stage, instead it is about flashes of potential and ensuring that he garners some kind of momentum. That is actually something that he has struggled with at the pre-season events.

There have been a ton of crashes at races in Italy and the United Kingdom. There have been flashes of speed, which is good and the reason that he was hired, but rarely have those translated into results. It seems as though a similar pattern could emerge during the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. There will be certain rounds where he figures things out though and lands in the top five or on the box, which he is certainly capable of. Taking third overall with Suzuki in Portugal two terms ago was a career-best finish and he arguably has better support now than he did then.

(Husqvarna/Marcin Kin)

Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev has had a fairly quiet off-season and therefore managed to stop anyone finding out about the wrist injury that he sustained at the beginning of January. What happened? It does not sound like he broke anything in the fall, which is good news, but the issue is not exactly healing at a rapid rate currently. Bobryshev managed to race at Hawkstone Park, and actually did remarkably well considering that problem, so there is hope. The goal is for him to make it through the opener in Argentina and then hopefully make big gains in the weeks that follow.

Where is Evgeny going to slot in once at his best? It is tough to determine, as he was a tenth-place guy last year with less support and preparation aboard the RM-Z450. There is more backing now, he has a lot more time with the squad and that KX450 is just considered a stronger bike. Does he make a step up and start to battle for a spot in the top five? The aforementioned facts make it seem as though that is the direction he is going in, but it just seems a long way off. Putting his BOS Factory bike right inside of the top ten consistently would make this season a success.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Standing Construct KTM

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