Defending champion continues perfect win streak with three wins at crucial second round.
Boost Mobile Honda Racing’s Max Anstie is just two points away from defending his Australian Supercross Championship SX2 title after dominating a slippery, technical track at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones stadium.
Anstie was at his calculated best on a night where three rounds-worth of points were up for grabs in both the SX1 and SX2 classes, with the Englishman claiming all three final wins and keeping his perfect season intact.
It didn’t all come easy though, with the Honda rider having to put on an incredible come-from-behind display to take a 2.3-second win.
Nathan Crawford (KTM Racing Team) scored the holeshot and quickly built a gap, while Anstie was buried on the cusp of the top 10 after a mediocre start.
Refusing to surrender, Anstie put on huge charge to slice through the pack and pass Crawford with a lap to go.
Kaleb Barham (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) put in a consistent race to finish third, while Cole Thompson (Serco Yamaha) and Wilson Todd (Honda Racing) – who were both mid-pack early on – finished fourth and fifth.
Noah Ferguson (GasGas Racing Team), Rhys Budd (Serco Yamaha), Ryder Kingsford (WBR Yamaha), Reid Taylor (Husqvarna) and Robbie Wageman (WBR Yamaha) completed the top 10 placings.
Anstie claimed the win in the second final by 5.6 seconds.
It was Wageman with the holeshot, but Todd sniped past and tried to build a lead.
It was short-lived though, as he’d crash at the midway point of the race, handing his team-mate Anstie the lead and win.
Wageman finished second and Crawford third, as Barham and Jayce Cosford (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) filled P4 and P5.
Positions sixth through 10th were filled by Taylor, Ferguson, Thompson (who crashed early), Budd and Kingsford.
A slick track greeted the SX2 riders for the final race of the night, but again Anstie proved to be the class of the field, extending his undefeated 2023 campaign with a 2.4-second lead over holeshot winner Crawford.
Thompson put in a late charge around the hardpack circuit to finish just 0.67s behind Crawford and finish on the podium.
Todd and Taylor finished fourth and fifth, while P6 to P10 were filled by Kingsford, a fast-finishing Budd, Cosford, Barham and Liam Atkinson (KTM).
Anstie’s clean sweep saw him finish the night with a maximum 75 points, while Crawford was second overall with 64 points, and Barham’s consistent results saw him finish third with 50 points.
In the overall championship standings, Anstie has a perfect 100 points, while Crawford is 24 points adrift (76) and Wagemen is third with 65 points.
Anstie only needs to score two points at the final round at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on November 24 to successfully defend his title.