Max Anstie and Orlando II

Posted on February 23, 2021

Max Anstie made his 2021 Supercross debut at the weekend’s eighth-round Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship in Orlando, Florida with a points-scoring ride aboard his Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki RM-Z450.

Anstie made his much-anticipated 450 Supercross debut and showed speed and track skills as if he'd grown up racing the discipline. The British rider hails from the World GP circuit and after GP victories, as well as winning the 2017 individual overall at the Motocross of Nations, is adapting to 450 Supercross racing.

After missing the first seven rounds with a pre-season injury, Anstie topped both of his qualifying sessions as the fastest rider on the track. During the night racing, he battled up from outside the top 10 to a qualifying position in his heat race. Though his main event finish didn't fulfil the promise displayed earlier in the night, Anstie showed incredible comfort and potential for a great season on his RM-Z450 race bike.

Max Anstie: "It was nice to be under the lights racing my first ever 450SX event. It was a dream to ride into the stadium with the best supercross riders in the world. I came into this race without much preparation time so to leave with some points on the board and laps under my belt was all I could ask for. The team and I will get to work and make progress and I’m looking forward to Daytona in two weeks!"

The racers have two weeks until round nine at the Daytona International Speedway infield. With the exciting returns of Anstie, a sand specialist who should excel at Daytona.