Max Anstie MXGP 2018 Champion

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2/6/2018 4:54 AM

Probably not........but he has been riding pretty damn well since the end of last season. He looked great vs Cairoli at the first race of the Italian MX Championship. I don't think he is on Cairoli's or Herling's level, but I am impressed. Sure looks like a different kid from the one we saw in the US from 2009-2010 (also a couple of stints in 250W SX 12-13).

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2/6/2018 5:19 AM

Only way he will have a shot of being a be champion is if AC and JH make a few mistake throughout the season, and then he will still have Gasjer and Febvre to deal with. When AC was next to Febvre at the Italian race it was like AC just turned on a button a flew away. Will be great to see Anstie on a few podiums this year hopefully he can finish in the top 5.

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2/6/2018 5:24 AM

He has the speed to challenge for it but he needs to be way more consistent to win the title. I would not be surprised if he wins 2-3 races but at the same time misses 2-3 races because of an injury.

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2/6/2018 5:30 AM

Has some good speed but the speed isn’t consistent enough throughout the year to challenge for the title

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2/6/2018 5:30 AM

It is early to tell but he did finish last year with a bang at MXON and if he carries that form, I can see him winning some races. What about Hunter Lawrence on that Honda on the weekend beating the champ Jonass, i'm liking what i'm seeing from that kid. Like i said it's early and still have a long ways to go yet.

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2/6/2018 7:19 AM

brycepdh wrote:

It is early to tell but he did finish last year with a bang at MXON and if he carries that form, I can see him winning some races. What about Hunter Lawrence on that Honda on the weekend beating the champ Jonass, i'm liking what i'm seeing from that kid. Like i said it's early and still have a long ways to go yet.

MXGP is going to be pretty effin good this year in my opinion.

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2/6/2018 7:31 AM

Blake_424_Dye wrote:

MXGP is going to be pretty effin good this year in my opinion.

Yeah for sure, it'll be nothing short of epic! Keep an eye out for Jed Beaton on F&H Kawasaki, I grew up practicing with him and competing against him as he lives 30 mins away from me. Awesome family and a good mate, i hope he does well.

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2/6/2018 8:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/6/2018 8:10 AM

brycepdh wrote:

It is early to tell but he did finish last year with a bang at MXON and if he carries that form, I can see him winning some races. What about Hunter Lawrence on that Honda on the weekend beating the champ Jonass, i'm liking what i'm seeing from that kid. Like i said it's early and still have a long ways to go yet.

Although HL did great, best lap times show he was over a second slower than PJ, still its early and hes on a new bike team etc. Just hope he stays injury free and atleast puts himself in position to claim a top 3 in the championship. I think that would be good way to step out of mxgp and into ama (of course winning would be best but that might be a stretch) looking forward to this season more than any before..

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2/6/2018 8:16 AM

brycepdh wrote:

It is early to tell but he did finish last year with a bang at MXON and if he carries that form, I can see him winning some races. What about Hunter Lawrence on that Honda on the weekend beating the champ Jonass, i'm liking what i'm seeing from that kid. Like i said it's early and still have a long ways to go yet.

make1go wrote:

Although HL did great, best lap times show he was over a second slower than PJ, still its early and hes on a new bike team etc. Just hope he stays injury free and atleast puts himself in position to claim a top 3 in the championship. I think that would be good way to step out of mxgp and into ama (of course winning would be best but that might be a stretch) looking forward to this season more than any before..

The second coming of CR22?!?

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2/6/2018 8:25 AM

If Anstie can beat Herlings straight up at Hawkstone this weekend....... then yes, I'd say he's got a very good chance.

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2/6/2018 8:26 AM

Andy_Greenney wrote:

Has some good speed but the speed isn’t consistent enough throughout the year to challenge for the title

You talking about Herlings??

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2/6/2018 8:32 AM

scottydogmx wrote:

If Anstie can beat Herlings straight up at Hawkstone this weekend....... then yes, I'd say he's got a very good chance.

Doesn't mean anything. A couple of years ago when Herlings was racing the 250, Anstie was all over him at Hawkstone, you could tell Herlings wasn't pushing it. Then come the GP's, Anstie was nowhere near him.

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2/6/2018 8:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/6/2018 9:38 AM

scottydogmx wrote:

If Anstie can beat Herlings straight up at Hawkstone this weekend....... then yes, I'd say he's got a very good chance.

Muscle-Milk-KTM wrote:

Doesn't mean anything. A couple of years ago when Herlings was racing the 250, Anstie was all over him at Hawkstone, you could tell Herlings wasn't pushing it. Then come the GP's, Anstie was nowhere near him.

I know, but Herlings won't like being beat by Anstie, it would get in his head.
Anyway us Brits should be getting behind our best chance and if Max wins Hawkstone I'm taking that as enough of a sign. ( Positive thinking) smile

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2/6/2018 9:52 AM

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2/6/2018 10:07 AM

DoubleA wrote:

Only way he will have a shot of being a be champion is if AC and JH make a few mistake throughout the season, and then he will still have Gasjer and Febvre to deal with. When AC was next to Febvre at the Italian race it was like AC just turned on a button a flew away. Will be great to see Anstie on a few podiums this year hopefully he can finish in the top 5.

^ That just about wraps it up.

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F1. MotoGP. MXGP. Screw the rest.

2/6/2018 12:39 PM

He’ll win races for sure, but I think top 3 is the best he can do in the shampinship.

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2/6/2018 1:36 PM

If he never wins a Moto again, going 1-1 at the Nations will carry him a long way.

Realistically, i think he can be 3rd because either Cairoli, Gajser or Herlings will slip up and Max is in a good place, on a good team.

He is one of 8 guys who can win races.

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2/6/2018 4:50 PM

brycepdh wrote:

It is early to tell but he did finish last year with a bang at MXON and if he carries that form, I can see him winning some races. What about Hunter Lawrence on that Honda on the weekend beating the champ Jonass, i'm liking what i'm seeing from that kid. Like i said it's early and still have a long ways to go yet.

make1go wrote:

Although HL did great, best lap times show he was over a second slower than PJ, still its early and hes on a new bike team etc. Just hope he stays injury free and atleast puts himself in position to claim a top 3 in the championship. I think that would be good way to step out of mxgp and into ama (of course winning would be best but that might be a stretch) looking forward to this season more than any before..

Yeah if you look at his qualifying results etc from last year, his best laps times are always never as fast as the top guys and have been a bit slower but when it comes race time he can run with those guys. He makes up his deficit in one lap speed in his race craft. Can't remember the last time i've been more excited for mxgp, hurry up argentina.

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