CARLSBAD, Calif. – Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy-JLaw Racing’s Max Anstie scored a mid-pack start in his debut pro MX Lites opening moto at San Bernardino’s (Calif.) Glen Helen Raceway – and was moving up – only to crash into another bike off a jump, ending his day. Teammate Nick Wey faired a bit better, overcoming a wreck that injured his knee in the first moto to hold on for a 20th place spot (one point), then rallied back in the second moto to place 10th for a 15th overall finish in the premier MX class.
Both at least made it to the Saturday’s program as team Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy-JLaw Racing owner Jason Lawrence suffered an internal injury earlier in the week at Glen Helen’s press day and was unable to compete at Saturday’s season opener.
Team officials said that Anstie had moved up to 14th place in the opening MX Lites class moto – and was gaining positions – when he sailed over a jump and landed on another bike in the middle of the track (with no yellow flag in sight). Anstie was taken to the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit, then transferred to a local hospital for further observation.
“Everything came back negative from the hospital and I’m pretty sore, but will be ready for Hangtown this weekend,” said Anstie.
Wey was running well in the first moto also, only to suffer a wreck that dislocated his knee. Able to ‘pop’ it back in, Wey gutted out the pain and held on for 20th – and one point. He then booted up for the second moto “Just to see how it felt,” he said. Well, it felt solid enough for Wey to make the top ten (10th), giving him a top 15 position (15th) overall on the weekend.
“I was in some pain, but not enough to keep me from racing,” said Wey. “We’ll get it looked at this week, see what the doc says, and I’m confident I’ll be able to go for Hangtown.”
Lawrence’s injury was more serious, which, under the advice of MX series physician Dr. Bodnar, kept him on the sidelines for Glen Helen. An outcome that was truly disappointing for Lawrence as he’d been putting in some seriously fast practice laps at the SoCal track leading up to this past week’s turn of events.
“Yeah, I’m bummed, but we’ll see how I feel this weekend for Hangtown,” said Lawrence. “My plan is to race.”
Next up for the Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy-JLaw Racing team is this weekend’s Hangtown round in Prairie City, SVRA, round two of the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships.
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