Max Anstie secures maiden MXGP class podium result in Italy

Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team

June 27th, 2017

Max Anstie


Going from strength to strength in his debut season in the MXGP class, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie wrapped up round 11 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship by claiming third overall at the MXGP of Lombardia in Italy.

Kicking off the weekend at the sandy Ottobiano track on a high, Anstie got third during Saturday’s MXGP qualifying moto. Confident he could push for a top three GP result the Brit was faced with a mountain to climb after hitting the start gate in moto one.

Resuming the race from the back of the pack, Max put his head down and started making passes. Charging hard until the end the Brit finished moto one in an impressive fifth place. Able to show more of his impressive race pace in moto two, Max got off to a good start and rode a lonely race for third at the flag.

Enjoying a great feeling aboard his FC 450 machine despite tough conditions, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl put in two solid motos for fifth overall at the GP of Lombardia. Earning seventh in moto one and then fourth in moto two, the German collected 32 valuable points and moved up to eighth in the class’ provisional championship standings.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 12 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Agueda, Portugal on July 1/2.

Max Anstie: “We’ve all been working really hard and I’m happy we’re making big steps forward. It’s been a great GP for us and I’m happy I earned my first podium result in the class. My start in the first moto was far from ideal. I hit the gate at the start and had to push really hard to make up the time lost. Despite the heat and the rough track I felt good on my bike so managed to get fifth at the line. Then in moto two my start was a lot better. After finding myself in third I tried to keep my head down and do my job. I’d like to thank all our team members for their hard work and dedication. It’s been a team effort and we’ll continue pushing hard for better results.”

Max Nagl: “To be honest, we all struggled with the intense heat. Especially on Saturday conditions were far from ideal. I pushed hard in the qualifying moto to get fourth. Getting a good gate pick for the final motos gave me some extra confidence. My start in moto one wasn’t bad at all and I managed to make a few passes soon after. Everything was working well and I was able to do my own race for seventh at the finish. Trying to push hard I also wanted to save some energy for the second moto. I had a better start in moto two and as the race was going on I felt I could push even more. I ended up fourth for fifth overall and I’m satisfied with that. We were very close to the podium and we also managed to find a good suspension setup which will be of use in the races to come.”


Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 11

MXGP - Overall
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 50pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 44; 3. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 36… 5. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 32; 6. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 31… 13. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 13… 18. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 7

MXGP - Race 1
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 19 laps, 35:16.580; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:34.956; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 35:52.368… 5. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:59.051… 7. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 36:07.540… 15. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 35:22.628… 20. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 35:35.875… 28. Nicolas Bender (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 37:07.768… 31. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 14 laps, 32:12.934

MXGP - Race 2
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 19 laps, 35:31.111; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 36:03.932; 3. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 36:08.218; 4. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 36:17.332… 10. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 37:05.589… 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 35:33.028; 15. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 35:34.713… 25. Nicolas Bender (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 36:33.761

MX2 - Overall
1. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 47pts; 2. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 40; 3. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 38… 9. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 26… 14. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 10… 16. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 10; 19. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 8

MX2 - Race 1
1. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 18 laps, 34:07.314; 2. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 34:19.618; 3. Julien Lieber (KTM) 34:32.990; 4. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 34:34.667… 10. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:08.793; 11. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 35:23.429… 13. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 35:39.885; 14. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 35:42.024

MX2 - Race 2
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 18 laps, 34:31.700; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 34:43.035; 3. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 34:47.565… 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:18.571… 11. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 35:52.729… 20. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 35:24.504… 28. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 21:07.599; 29. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 17:41.202

Championship Standings (After Round 11)

1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 431pts; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 364; 3. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 361… 8. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 255… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 216… 15. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 123… 19. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 75… 24. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 21… 31. Evgeny Mikhaylov (Husqvarna) 10… 34. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6

1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 454pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 416; 3. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 343… 6. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 263… 19. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 98… 21. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 72… 24. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 60… 26. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 51… 32. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 26… 34. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 14; 35. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 14… 42. Ivan Petrov (Husqvarna) 1… 46. Aaron Tanti (Husqvarna) 1

Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team

Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team