The fourteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship saw Maxxis-sponsored Dixon Racing Team return to the sand of the Lommel Circuit in Belgium. The former hunting ground was once again the domain of Max Anstie who swept to pole position and cleaned up both the MX2 moto’s over the weekend, repeating his 2014 victory at the venue and celebrating his second overall triumpth of the year on the KX250F.
24,200 spectators surrounded the largely flat but physically and technically demanding course that is used by teams and riders that flock to the area as a training and testing facility. Lommel was perhaps at its most difficult for a number of years for the fourteenth round of eighteen in MXGP.
Anstie set out his intentions on Saturday by taking the lead almost immediately in the qualification heat race and then running undisturbed to the flag for this third consecutive Pole Position.
He made no mistake at the start of the first moto on Sunday and in warmer temperatures. Again it was Pauls Jonass who offered the stiffest resistance to his ideas for glory but within three laps ‘99’ had clear track and a free roost zone behind. Anstie began to construct a safety margin of time and distance over the Latvian and eventually triumphed by almost twenty-five seconds. It was his fourth chequered flag from the last five moto’s.
Later in the afternoon he repeated the act – with another holeshot to-boot – and refused to let anybody else share centre stage. It was the second 1-1 for Anstie in the space of three Grand Prix’s and he has been the dominant rider of the series of late. The repercussions of Lommel mean that Anstie sits seventh in the MX2 standings and just 46 points away from the red plate. Four rounds and 200 points are left to be won.
Max Anstie: “Two Brits winning in two classes on the sand? It must be some sort of record. The fans out there were awesome today and kept us going because it was a very physically demanding track. The way they prepared it with those little ‘singles’ made it even more difficult because it stopped the momentum. I wasn’t happy with last week [his crash while leading the second moto of the Czech Republic GP] and I learned from it and will make sure it doesn’t happen again. A good day and I enjoyed it. I’m just going to keep on now, keep the ball rolling and see where we end up. I think that is all we can do.”
Steve Dixon, Team Principal: “It is awesome. We’ve had six wins now and six holeshots. It is a shame about last week when he crashed while leading in the Czech Republic because we would have been right in there for the championship. We’re just gonna keep doing what we can. Max could not ride in the week because of his crash so we built ‘into’ the weekend and each time we went out on the track. I have to say well done to Jordan and Ben as they did a fantastic job with the bike and Max obviously for two more great wins.”
After a relentless schedule of Grand Prix events and Maxxis British Championship fixtures, Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki can now catch their breath as the calendar pressure eases for the next two weeks. MXGP builds up again with consecutive races in Italy and Holland starting on August 22-23.
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