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Max Anstie heads to Italian hospital

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20 August (09:50)

Following on from the press release that Standing Construct KTM released below, Max Anstie shared his take on the news via the social-media post beneath this text.

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Hey guys, not a very good update to be giving you guys – the doctors say I can’t fly for 4 weeks because my lung could collapse fully. So that’s my MXGP season over 😢 As far as the Nations, I’m not out just yet! I have to see how my healing goes in the next 2/3 weeks and the docs are keeping a close eye on me and will make a decision after my next few scans. Swipe to see my crash from moto 2 with only 5 mins to go in Lommel. I just thought I got winded really bad but this was when I damaged my lung. I honestly thought my injuries there were no where near as bad as they have ended up being. That’s why I didn’t get properly checked, I genuinely thought I was just a bit stiff. Here is the press release from my team @standingktm. ————————- Unfortunately after further medical examination we have to announce that Max Anstie, winner of the second heat at the MXGP of Lommel, has to sit out the coming three MXGPs. The doctors discovered that as well as dislocating his clavicle (collarbone) in heat one at Lommel, Max also had a small legion on his lung from his crash in the second heat at the Belgian MXGP. Despite this serious injury Max still managed to win in Lommel, as well as get third in time practice and battle for a top five in the qualifying heat at Imola last weekend. Pushing his body on Saturday at the MXGP of Imola caused a pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung). We once again experienced what a dedicated and professional rider Max is and we hope to get him ready for the Motocross of Nations in Assen, where he is for sure one of the favourites and could be able to repeat that dominant Motocross of Nations win from 2017.

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19 August (16:40)

Standing Construct KTM just released the following press release, confirming that Max Anstie will miss the rest of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship.

"Unfortunately after further medical examination we have to announce that Max Anstie, winner of the second heat at the MXGP of Lommel, has to sit out the coming three MXGPs.

"The doctors discovered that as well as dislocating his clavicle (collarbone) in heat one at Lommel, Max also had a small legion on his lung from his crash in the second heat at the Belgian MXGP. Despite this serious injury Max still managed to win in Lommel, as well as get third in time practice and battle for a top five in the qualifying heat at Imola last weekend. Pushing his body on Saturday at the MXGP of Imola caused a pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung).

"We once again experienced what a dedicated and professional rider Max is and we hope to get him ready for the Motocross of Nations in Assen, where he is for sure one of the favourites and could be able to repeat that dominant Motocross of Nations win from 2017."

(Ray Archer)

18 August (00:24)

Max Anstie has now released a social-media statement, which really covers everything pretty well. Read it in full below.

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Alright so I’m in hospital wondering how in the world I’ve ended up in here! So apparently I have pneumothorax which as far as I can understand here is gas around the outside of my lung. The doc said I have a small hole in my lung. I didn’t even crash today! They are saying from my crash in the first moto at Lommel on the start that my lung was damaged. I didn’t bother getting checked after the race because I won the second moto and thought I would just get better in a week or so! I have been complaining about my shoulder for the last couple of weeks because it feels like my shoulder blade is just stiff and when I breath in it’s just tight. Well today I felt good on track, after timed training I thought my shoulder was hurting more so I took some paracetamol and got on with it in the moto. But straight away I was struggling to breath very well, but I just thought I must have muscle cramp under my shoulder blade. Anyway I came in from the race and could barely breath so the docs did some scans and told me I have to go to the hospital and stay in here over night and see if tomorrow they need to drain my lung 🤷‍♂️ I have never experienced this before! I thought they would just give me some pain killers and I would be good to go. So annoying at this time when I’m riding for a job too. I felt good out on track and was ready to go hard in the motos. Not much I can do right now except listen to this beeping all night from the machines in the hospital. I’ll keep you updated but I’m definitely not riding tomorrow. I don’t even feel bad just breathings a bit hard but man this is annoying 🤬

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17 August (18:10)

Information is sparse at the moment, but Max Anstie is currently in hospital with a pneumothorax. According to Google, a pneumothorax is an "abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall." That is all that is known at the moment but, according to a tweet from the Standing Construct team, it is from the crash at Lommel, which makes his moto win even more impressive. The social-media post from the team is below.

"Above all feeling very bad for @MaxAnstiewho is brought to hospital with a pneumothorax (from the Lommel crash)."

The qualifying race was actually quite impressive for Anstie, as he pushed forward early on and was the fastest man on track for multiple laps. Seventh was his final ranking.

Stay tuned to MX Vice for more on Anstie and his status for tomorrow.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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