Max Anstie has had a difficult run in the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. Poor luck has shadowed him every single week, whether that be in the form of niggling injuries or freak mechanical problems, and that continued in Portugal over the weekend.
Anstie tipped over in the qualifying heat and must have landed on a rock, as his arm was cut up enough to warrant five stitches. When coupled with the hits that he has taken in recent weeks, he struggled to race to his full potential on Sunday and eventually sat out the second moto. The decision has now been made to skip the Grand Prix of France as well, in an effort to return to full fitness, and then pick things back at the following event in Russia.
"Super bummed on how my season has started, but I have been feeling great on the bike! After suffering from an illness and a collection of small injuries since Arco I'm not able to ride how I should be able to. Gonna have to take some time to get back on track with my body and training. I won't be in France this weekend… I'll be back in Russia."
Max Anstie currently runs fifteenth in the premier-class standings, despite the fact that he has not scored points in six of the motos, but will slip further down the order this weekend. A fourth in a moto is his season-best finish and he has acquired that on two occasions.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX