The third Grand Prix in a row in the northeast European stretch for the FIM Motocross World Championship brings the series to Hyvinkää for the first Grand Prix of Finland for the MX1 and MX2 categories – and first significant visit in 13 years. Max Anstie is due a reversal in fortune and some results that merit his speed and lap-times in recent events and, together with his Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe crew, is looking to put the puzzle together across the Hyvinkää sand this weekend.
So far Anstie’s maiden podium on the RM-Z250 has proved elusive as some poor luck out of the starts, in the first corners or incidents that have caused a lowly qualification slot, and less-than ideal gate pick for the GP motos, have proved restrictive and have frustrated both team and rider in their first term together.
Team Technical Co-ordinator, Jens Johansson, was able to offer some perspective on their current plight. “So far we haven’t obtained the results we expected,” said the Swede. “It is not solely a question of luck and we are not trying to find excuses. At the same time it is hard to try and put your finger on the reason why. What is happening is not through a lack of homework by the team or by Max. We have tested tyres, suspension and gone through our options and if you analyse Max’s starts then the jump out of the gate itself is not bad. Events have conspired against him, whether it is poor circumstances on Saturday that have meant a bad pick on the gate for Sunday, or he’s been crashed into or had to stop as others have crashed in front of him. In Sweden we were not fast enough; that was clear, but at the other races he has had the speed to be more-than competitive.”
Anstie is ninth in standings and needs to start racking-up some decent points to have any hope of closing to the top five. Always a stylish and confident sand rider, Hyvinkää this weekend should be the ideal stage to kick-start a run of form with five GPs remaining on the slate. “You know, I guess we could do with a slice of good fortune; it is part of racing and I feel that one positive Grand Prix will turn around the season,” concluded Johansson.
In Finland this weekend Jeremy Seewer will aim for his second victory on the bounce in the European EMX250 championship as the GP feeder series clicks onto round five of eight. The young Swiss is chasing Valentin Guillod in the standings and trails by just 10 points after his maiden win in Latvia last Sunday. Seewer boasts a 100% podium record so far on his RM-Z250.
MX2 World Championship Standings (after 11 of 17 rounds): 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 542 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 403 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 353 p.; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 322 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 304 p.; 6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 273 p.; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 272 p.; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), 244 p.; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 228 p.; 10. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 196 p.
European EMX250 Standings (after 4 of 8 rounds): 1. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 97 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 87 p.; 3. Damon Graulus (BEL, KTM), 70 p.; 4. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED, KTM), 68 p.; 5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 51 p.