Mammoth Lakes, CA – KTM Factory Junior rider Max Anstie won two classes at his first visit to the Mammoth Mountain Motocross event in his first-ever big bike race.
Anstie has been on the gas since he moved to North America from England less than a year ago after signing up as a member of KTM’s six-member Factory Junior Team. Anstie’s week in Mammoth started well winning a few heats aboard his Supermini and 85cc machines. Unfortunately, a hard get off in the Supermini final put him out of contention for the mini bike titles.
With one day to recover, Anstie showed up for his first big bike practice. “I’ve been practicing on my 250 SX-F in California but have not had an opportunity to race it until Mammoth. It’s incredibly fast and comfortable to ride,” commented Anstie on his new ride. “I pulled the holeshot in every heat and final.”
Anstie conquered both Schoolboy and 250-F B classes to win his first two Mammoth Championships. He led both classes from start to finish in the finals. “I had a blast riding up here. Murray Miller (track promoter) and the rest of the Mammoth gang made this trip amazing. I had a lot of great competition at this event and had to work hard to finish up front. I couldn’t have done it without a great support group from KTM and all my sponsors,” remarked Anstie.
Joining Anstie on the mountain was his KTM Factory Junior Teammates Michael Hall and Aaron Siminoe. Hall showed speed through fast lap times during the practice days and heats but suffered some bad luck in the Pro class finals which kept him from scoring a podium finish. Siminoe, competed aboard the two-stroke KTM 144 SX and 125 SX machines throughout the week. “I love riding two-strokes. I lost a little time to the riders on 250F’s up the big hill but I felt up to speed every where else.” Siminoe had good heat races but crashed in both mains unable to recover in time to make a charge toward the front.
Look for more on the KTM Factory Junior Team in the weeks to come as the riders prepare for their biggest race of the season happening the first week of August at the Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.