Max Anstie interview – Top Five Guy
By Geoff Meyer | 21 Jun 2012
British rider Max Anstie is a cool kid. Always working hard for his profession and building himself a good career. We sat down with the Honda Gariboldi Esta rider and asked him about how he feels being in the FIM World Motocross Championship.
Q: Max, you are riding well at the moment,
but your season started really strong in Bulgaria and Holland. How is it riding
with the Honda Gariboldi Esta team?
Anstie: I spent like four weeks training on a
450cc in America, just before the season started and that was a lot of fun and
seemed to prepare me well. I really like the team; we are all working really
hard for everything to make the whole package better. Training is also going
well. It is a new thing for Honda to support a 250cc team, and it takes time to
get it sorted. Martin Honda is helping with the engines and the bike is working
Q: The British riders have really looked good
so far this year with Tommy Searle, Jake Nicholls, Mel Pocock and yourself all
being inside the top ten on occasions.
Anstie: The first rounds everyone is trying
to go fast and be up there. I don’t know much about the other British guys, I
don’t know them personally and they are all doing okay.
Q: Do you hang out with any of the riders at
Anstie: I don’t hang out with anyone at the
races. It’s easier for me that way. I am doing okay, the team are all Italian
and don’t speak much English. Of course I do my studies and that is really good
for my future. I like Italy because the people are nice and the food is nice.
Obviously it’s tough not having my dad around, he always helped me at the races
and I know what he would tell me, but it’s nice to hear it from him and have him
Q: You rode some Supercross races earlier in
the year, but what is your plan for 2013?
Anstie: I want to do Supercross, I want to
win there, and I think I could be good in Supercross. I want to continue doing
the Grand Prix’s. I like the FIM World Motocross Championship, it’s way more
important than being AMA Champion, the word World Champion sounds much better to
Q: What are some of the things that you
prefer about the FIM World Motocross Championship?
Anstie: The FIM World Motocross Championship
is really though, the tracks are so different. America is where my family is
based, but I like it in the World Championship. You know the tracks in America
are all similar and whoever is fastest on the Thursday practicing will win on
Q: What do you mean?
Anstie: I mean you go to a practice track in
America, any practice track and it’s the same as the National track. It’s not
like going from Lommel to Fermo. Our tracks over here are so much more difficult
to race on. You can have an Italian going really well at his home Grand Prix and
then struggle to get inside the top 30 in Lommel. The difference in tracks in
Europe is they are so different from each other, which is cool, gives everyone a
Q: Do you enjoy the travel?
Anstie: Yes I do. You also get to go to a lot of different places and
it’s a real World Championship. I would have to say the FIM World Motocross
Championship is a good championship to win.
Photo: Max Anstie - Ray Archer image
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