Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Max Anstie finished ninth in the last AMA/ FIM World Supercross 250 Main Event that he’ll be racing this year.
In the series’ third visit to the Anaheim Stadium in California on Saturday – and in front of 41,294 fans – the 19 year old set the seventh-best qualifying time, had a good start in his heat, but a problem with his front brake saw him drop a couple of places. But, the US-based Briton ended up in fifth position which qualified him for the Main Event.
A mistake at the start of the Main, however, saw him at the back of the pack and 13th after the first lap, but Anstie worked his way back to ninth and collected 12 points. He leaves the championship in 15th position and will focus on his preparation for the first World MX2 Grand Prix in Qatar on March 2nd.
Said Anstie: “The day started off well in Anaheim, I put in fourth-fastest time in the first Qualifying session then dropped back to seventh in the second one. I felt confident and ready to go for the night show. I got off to a good start in my heat but a slight problem with my front brake caused me to drop back a few spots. I ended up fifth and with good lap times and some good lines, things felt like they were coming together. But in the Main, I made a small mistake on the gate and I managed to claw my way back into ninth.
“It’s not where I wanted to finish my last SX race of the season, but we learnt so much and it has definitely got me prepared mentally and race-wise for Qatar in a month. I can’t wait to get on the GP race bike! I know I am better-prepared that all other GP riders and the whole team has worked so hard to make things happen. We’ll keep working and good things will come!”
250 Main Event Results: 1. Ken Roczen (KTM) 2. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki) 3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 5. Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Suzuki) 6. Travis Baker (Yamaha) 7. Joey Savatgy (KTM) 8. Austin Politelli (Honda) 9. Max Anstie (Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe) 10. Zach Osborne (Honda).