News 7 Dec 2022

Momentum builds for Anstie after Australian SX2 success

Fire Power Honda rider approaches 250SX challenge on a high.

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The momentum of Fire Power Honda Racing’s Max Anstie in supercross continues to elevate after achieving title success in the Australian SX2 championship, the British rider now firmly focused on a strong 250SX showing.

Following the collapse of his former Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM team in this year’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, 29-year-old Anstie joined Yarrive Konsky’s Honda outfit under the management of Martin Davalos.

He contested three outdoor nationals in 450MX this season before stepping across to a CRF250R with Fire Power Honda, importantly on a full-time deal that would see him contest the pilot World Supercross Championship (WSX) and also the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) under Konsky’s Honda Racing umbrella.

Anstie ultimately finished second in the SX2 World Championship, later dominating the Australian series with a 75 percent strike-rate to convincingly win the crown. That race time gained from competing abroad in the US off-season could be pivotal for Anstie when his assault on the quarter-liter category commences next year.

“Laps, laps, laps and gate drops have been great for me, and you can never underestimate guys on their home soil, “Anstie told MotoOnline. “I’ve raced the British championship before and I’ve had harder race wins there than what I did in the GPs at the time. It’s similar to this, the guys are fast, and you can’t underestimate them.

“They know how these tracks work, so it’s all great learning for me, getting to know the bike, getting to know the settings and trying to fine-tune everything, also getting race ready for this 250 class coming into next season. I’ve really enjoyed it and I really think that it has been beneficial for me.”

With Anstie’s current form in mind off the back of clinching in Australia at round four over the weekend, it is expected that he will contest 250SX West region of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, which begins on 7 January at Anaheim 1.