Finally some positive news for the factory-supported Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki crew as 2014 Belgian Grand Prix winner Max Anstie has returned to fitness and will travel to Neuquen this week to contest the Grand Prix of Argentina and round three of 18 in the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship.
Anstie had a bad weekend at Qatar for the season-opener nearly four weeks ago and was lucky to escape a huge second moto crash at Losail with an injured foot and rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
The former Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha rider was pushing for a top three position in Qatar before his accident on the new step-up jump in Losail that also caught out the Watson brothers and HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev.
The Brit was able to get back on the KX250F last week after missing the second GP of the year in Thailand to let the shoulder heal. “Basically I gave it a massive smack when I hit the floor, lucky it was nothing too serious and could have been far worse,” he said.
#99 also had to let his left foot recuperate: “I had to stay off my feet for two weeks over the course of Thailand and the first British Championship race. Things are better now and going in the right direction.”
While luckless team-mate Mel Pocock is undergoing numerous operations to fix a grisly right arm and hand lacerations and fractures from Hilton Park (the first UK national event), Anstie has managed to bring some relief to the British team by accumulating more time on the Cosworth-tuned motor. “I’m feeling good on the bike and have had more time with the race engine,” Anstie confirmed.