Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki were able to celebrate third position in the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship MX2 class standings with
Max Anstie scoring fifth place overall at Glen Helen today for the Monster Energy MXGP of USA. The Brit rode to fourth and eighth positions in two sweltering motos around the long Californian venue and through insufferable temperatures that hit the mid-thirties.
MXGP headed to the west coast of the USA after the penultimate round in Mexico last week and for the first time since 2011. A 22,000 crowd spread about the small but steep hills with the renowned layout mixing many elevation changes and attackable jumps. Anstie faced some adversity on Saturday when a rock pierced his water pump and caused a DNF. It meant he entered the gate almost in last position for the long drag towards the unique banked first turn.
Anstie made a horrendous start in the first moto and was among the last of the riders as the pack went up the hill for the first time. From that point Max was able to settle into a scorching rhythm and sequence of laps that dragged him through the field. With three circulations to go he had passed Tim Gajser and was hunting Valentin Guillod. The pair engaged in a dogfight to the finish for fourth place and Max won the dice by nine hundredths of a second. The points confirmed third spot in the world and scrubbed away some of the pressure for the second moto.
The last dash of the season started positively with a blast away from twenty-third in the gate to third position around the opening turn but then Max crashed in the next corner. Remounting he again found lines and places to pass and recovered all the way to eighth.
A best Grand Prix season for Anstie as well as the team this century has come to an end but the coming weeks still see the squad with work to do. Swiftly packing up the crates in the Glen Helen paddock, Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki then embarked on flights back to Europe and in preparation for Anstie’s second representation of his country at the Motocross of Nations. A week further on and the sand of Fatcat in Doncaster should see the 22 year old wrapping up his first British title.
Qualifying – 23rd
MX2 Race 1 – 4th
MX2 Race 2 – 8th
MX2 Overall – 5th
Steve Dixon : “We have had a fantastic week here in America and our sponsors have been amazing, especially Monster Energy and Kawasaki who have taken us around and made us feel welcome. Unfortunately yesterday Max had a stone go through the water pump and we had to go 23rd to the gate today. He rode a blinder in the first moto and made up for last week’s disappointment in Mexico so a lot of credit to him. He was third out of the gate in the second moto and unluckily made a little mistake and went down in the second corner. He had it all to do and came back to eighth in a fantastic ride. Ben, Jordi and Josh did a great job together with the whole team to get us third in the world in our first season with Kawasaki. It has been brilliant and we look forward to a bright future. We go to the Nations now and hopefully we can crown the season with a British Championship title.”