“Honestly getting better and better each day. I’m doing as well as I could have hoped for.”

Onlookers were terrified at the Motocross of Nations, as Max Anstie was sent flying after being landed on Pascal Rauchenecker. After being rushed to hospital, Max was diagnosed with a broken shoulder blade and T3. It was a crushing blow, especially after such a successful season aboard the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki.

A month later, how is Max getting on? “I’m doing well. Honestly getting better and better each day. I’m starting physio this week. I think I’ll be back on a bike in three of four weeks depending on how I feel. All my breaks are stable so I have been told to keep moving and to be as normal as possible. So, all things considered, I’m doing as well as I could have hoped for.”

The news is very positive, as most were initially questioning whether he’d be able to return to racing at all. If he can start riding in a month, he’ll have a good amount of time to build himself up again ahead of the Qatari MXGP opener. What bike he’ll be on remains a mystery, however, as an official announcement still hasn’t dropped. When we spoke to him last, he remained tight-lipped; “At the moment my manager and team are sorting things out, and we should be announcing things relatively soon.” Obviously there are rumours floating around and a lot of people are aware of who he’ll be riding for, but out of respect for all involved we must wait for the press release.

It is hard to deny the fact that he’ll start the new season with the title of ‘championship contender’ for the first time. With nine moto wins, fourteen moto podiums, three GP wins and a bronze medal in the series, Max has stepped it up in a big way; there’s no reason to expect any different next year.

Words: Lewis Phillips

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