Rockstar Husqvarna’s Max Anstie insists his final bid for an MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship title is still on course and that the soon-to-be 23-year-old will be “going for it” from round three of the series at Valkenswaard, Holland on Easter weekend.
Anstie was one of the protagonists in the second half of the 2015 campaign as he won three Grands Prix and briefly rallied into championship contention before finishing third in the standings.
His winter plans with Jacky Martens’ works Husky crew were thrown into disarray after a shocking accident at the ’15 Motocross of Nations where he was landed on and suffered neck and shoulder injuries.
#99 could only ride to 18th and ninth on his GP debut ‘in white’ in Qatar and Thailand recently – and sits 12th in the standings, 67 points behind Jeffrey Herlings – but claims he is near the optimum set-up with the FC250 and his campaign should kick into gear around the shallow sand of Valkenswaard. A second place in the second moto at Suphan Buri hinted at his potential.
“We are working things out,” he said. “We are not 100 per cent there yet with our settings but we know what we have to do. It has taken this long for me to be able to test at proper race speed and for my body to be on-point after the Nations crash. So we have some things to do but that’s all part of it. It was always the plan to start really ‘going for it’ at round three so we are on track.”
Anstie has ridden Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and now Husqvarna machinery in the last six seasons. He was set to claim the 2015 British Championship at a canter until his Nations misfortune. The Brit is now set for MX2-MXGP transition with Husky across this season and 2017.