Max Anstie is out of the weekend’s Supercross opening round in Houston, the team confirmed today.
We reported yesterday that it was thought that Anstie had suffered a crash during practice at State Fair MX and this has now been confirmed with Twisted Tea Suzuki announcing that the 27-year-old Brit has sustained a lower back injury.
Anstie will not only miss Houston 1 Supercross, set for this weekend but could possibly be out for at least all three Houston rounds.
“Twisted Tea Suzuki regrets to inform you team racer Max Anstie of Winchester, United Kingdom will miss the opening rounds of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series,” a team statement said.
“A crash during his final practice day leading up to the Houston opener resulted in a lower back injury. Please wish Max well in his recovery and potentially see him back competing on the track as soon as Indianapolis.”
Houston 1 was supposed to be Anstie’s 450SX debut after missing all of last season’s Supercross — sadly, both he and his fans will have to be patient a little longer.
Update February 17, 10:25 GMT: Max Anstie has arrived at Camping World Stadium and it looks like he is over his injury problems and is finally ready to make his 450SX AMA Supercross debut on February 20 at Orlando 2.
Update January 15, 23:28 GMT: Anstie posted a message to his team and fans this evening and he’s keeping his spirits up… “So bummed that I crashed on Tuesday – was in my last moto before packing up and flying to H1 [Houston 1]. Broke something little in my back but shouldn’t be too long till I’m out there racing SX. I was so ready to go racing. Your gonna have to wait a few weeks to see what I can do in SX.
“Keep my bike warm HEP Motorsports I’ll be back soon.”