The final stages of construction on the motocross layout inside the Lausitzring motorsport complex are underway for the venue’s first role as host of an MX Grand Prix as Germany prepares to welcome the FIM World Championship for the 13th round of 17.
The series has just five rounds left on the schedule with Lausitzring preceding trips to the Czech Republic, Belgium, Britain and Holland. Max Anstie is running out of time to notch his first podium finish on the factory-backed Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe RM-Z250 but the signs are there that the young Briton is poised to make a late-season attack at the front of the leaderboard. Anstie again suffered poor luck around the first turns of both motos at the Grand Prix of Finland almost two weeks ago but surged through the pack with impressive lap-times to rescue points and pride.
The Supercross expert – in his first season with the team and the RM-Z250 – needs just seven points over Alessandro Lupino to move up to eighth place in the championship standings but is thirsty for overdue rostrum champagne.
“I’m feeling good as always,” he said today (Wednesday). “All has gone well with my training in the last 10 days. I am looking forward to the new track in Germany, it is a home GP for my team and many of the sponsors so I cannot wait to get out there and put on a show. I’m hoping for a little bit of luck out of that start this weekend and to then put my Yellow machine on that podium!”
The fresh track in the Eurospeedway will use an open and wide trajectory that runs parallel to the spectator seating enclosure for one of the more unusual circuits from the diverse spread of the world championship. Over a thousand truckloads of soil imported from a nearby resource of the facility will be used to forge the racing surface which will all be cleared away only two days after the Grand Prix on Sunday.
Lausitzring will also see Brian Hsu in action on the RM125 for the fourth round of eight in the European EMX125 and Jeremy Seewer will back-up Anstie in the MX2 class on the RM-Z250.
The long-term weather forecast for the weekend predicts sunshine and temperatures in the low 30s for both days.