Features 1 Nov 2022

Debrief: 2022 AUSX Rd2 Adelaide

Main event winners Tanti and Anstie recall second round at Adelaide Showground.

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Aaron Tanti confirmed he is ready to take the SX1 title fight to Justin Brayton with victory at round two of the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) at Adelaide Showground, as Honda Genuine Honda Racing’s Max Anstie continued his winning ways in SX2. MotoOnline caught up with both riders after the races for this Debrief interview.


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Congratulations on the win in South Australia. Obviously, you’ve had an amazing year so far, taking the ProMX title and delivering such a strong weekend in Melbourne, including the victory in the second SX2 World Supercross Championship final at Marvel Stadium. That said, how does it feel to be able to continue that good run and get the victory on the 450 at round two of AUSX?

It was an amazing achievement. I was just going in, I got second at round one and going up against [Justin] Brayton is never easy, it was another 20-lap main event and I know that he is strong. For me to come out, I felt good all day on the track, the track wasn’t too gnarly, it just got beat down in the main which was the only thing that sort of made it tricky. Honestly, I made the moves stick at the start of the race and just rode my own laps and pretty much didn’t make a mistake the whole time and held that nice comfortable gap.

Racing a guy like Justin Brayton, does that play on your mind at all? You had the start and you managed that race really well, but when you have got him or someone like that behind you, does that change your mindset at all? 

I did hold it together at the end of the day, I’ve dealt with a lot of pressure this year in general. From motocross and stuff like that, I had to really step up and was the only rider on CDR from round two, I kind of got pushed into that position where I kind of had to win and not put a foot wrong against guys I was racing. That obviously helped me build up to this stage, supercross is obviously a different game and I guess I try to put forward everything and listen to my team and just do everything that I can to not make mistakes, which I’ve been pretty good at lately.

With the next round in Newcastle being a triple crown, do you prefer the longer, single main event format or do you like the variety of having a bit of both in the series? 

Yeah look, at this stage, obviously, we got to experience the triple crown with world supercross, and I’ve also done the longer mains which have both been really good to me in a way. My starts have been really good on the 450, so the triple crown I can be really aggressive at the start of the races, so the triple crown to me will fall into my favour a little bit more. Also, the longer motos have been cool, this is the first time I have kind of done them on the 450 and I feel like I have been doing them pretty well, especially when I don’t make mistakes.

There are two rounds left in this supercross championship, but the success that you have experienced this year begs the question of your plans for next year. Is there any indication you can provide? 

Yeah look, I don’t know what I can speak about now, so I can’t really push that envelope. I’m just playing it by ear and really enjoying moving forward in my career at this stage, but yeah, I can’t provide too much.


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Congrats on your second Australian SX2 main event win in a row. This time out it was in Adelaide, how was it for you down there? 

It was good, it was definitely a different experience. I didn’t really know what to expect, the track was not as technical as Melbourne and it broke down a lot, the turns were definitely looser, they were breaking down. It made it tricky in a way that there wasn’t really much to separate anyone, so I really had to focus on the turns and set my bike up for the turns. It took me the whole day really to figure my bike out because I was on the stiff side for usual supercross. It was more mellow with the jumps, but then obviously you could really attack the turns. I searched for settings all day and even after the heat race I went back and changed some stuff for the main. The main I felt the best I did all day and was solid. It was good, good progress for the team, it was nice to race in different conditions and a different track and get the job done. My teammate rode well as well, so it was good for us both to be on the podium for the team.

I guess probably that was your first real or true experience of what it’s like in the Australian Championship. Did JB, Yarrive, or anybody like that kind of give you a heads-up that these aren’t all like Melbourne? Did you know what to expect coming in? 

No, not really, I mean Justin told me that he has been to Adelaide before, and sometimes the whoops are huge and it is really technical and sometimes it is pretty easy. We got there this time and obviously, the track wasn’t too technical with the jumps or the whoops. It was good, I’m enjoying it, I’m enjoying figuring things out fast and trying to make the bike work everywhere and me as well. It definitely makes the racing a lot closer, because all of the guys can do the same obstacles, everyone can do the whoops pretty much the same speed so it’s all about the little things. I was just trying to make the best of each session and see if I could make up the difference on the easier parts of the track.

We saw that when you returned to the US that you were pretty clear that the target was to become a supercross guy. To me when I look at you now, these last few weeks including Cardiff, I think it is safe to say Max Anstie is a supercross guy. It looks like you have really found comfort, you’ve got a lot of gate drops in, you are going to have more to come in the next month or so as well. I feel like this has kind of been a good trend, a good time for you in terms of what you have set out to do in the US next year too. 

Yeah 100 percent, it’s been nice, and making the transition to the 250 with this team and having good people around me, having Martin Davalos as team manager and even good teammates, having JB, having [Ken] Roczen for those two rounds in the world racing, I have learnt a lot and lot a with the bike. I think it’s a progression, I had a couple of years of the 450, but it’s obviously… I’m still learning in a way. I’m going in there, I’m still going to learn and the 450 class is gnarly anyway. Now I’m on the 250, I’m going out there to win races and I feel like I’m in a position to do that. It’s been fun, it has definitely been a good off-season so far with the races we have had and I’m looking forward to the future, to next year and also the world supercross next year, I feel like it’s really going to take off and be a solid championship.

Finally, I guess it is interesting to see Yarrive has a team in Australia and he has got the US programme as well and you guys have all returned there, back to the US for training in between Adelaide and Newcastle. 

For me, one it’s nice to come home because my family is here and I can get back to my normal routine, Australia is all new to me. Two, we’ve got the track, the gym, the facilities at MTF, we can’t replicate that in Australia, at the moment there isn’t really anywhere that is like that. For me, I’ve got some work to do with testing, I’ve got other bits and pieces to check off the list and keep stepping and progressing coming into the last two Australian rounds and following that on through December to Anaheim in January.