Mechanicsville, MD - The AMA MX National Series headed to the far east of the country visiting Budd’s Creek MX Park in Maryland. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha rolled in with high hopes of #20 Broc Tickle, #48 Max Anstie, #341 Nico Izzi, and #577 Martin Davalos obtaining a placing high up the overall rankings. Track conditions were pristine, yet still rough with the weather being very nice and hot.
Taking top honors of the team and having a rather consistent day was Tickle. When moto one got underway, Tickle sat just outside the top ten in 12th. Some quick moves allowed the Yamaha pilot to forge up to 10th, where he then fluctuated up and down slightly for most the race. In the closing stages, Tickle put his great fitness to use and secured 6th as his finishing position and then prepared for the second moto. Race number two for Tickle began with a stellar 9th place start. As the moto progressed, the North Carolina native rode aggressively, raising his status to 6th halfway in, and even acquired 5th briefly. A small bobble resulted in a slight move backwards, never willing to settle Tickle bounced back to capture 5th in the moto.
Next in line on the day would be Davalos, after a strong start to the weekend. Davalos’ moto one showed great promise after a 6th place start, Martin put on a slight fade in the tally near mid race and fell back to 11th. Lap by lap, the FMF backed rider inched his way back into the hunt, and very convincingly took a well deserved 9th. An eventful moto two saw Davalos start 8th, and remain competitive until a major endo down a steep hill jump tried to change things. However, the resilient Davalos climbed back aboard his machine in 15th and pushed his way up to 10th to make it a positive race day.
Having an absolutely brilliant beginning to his day and once again making a breakthrough was Anstie. Starting moto one in 3rd, Anstie moved into 2nd on lap three. Riding at his potential Max fought off two attacks and solidly forged ahead, all the while he kept the championship leader honest by staying within three seconds of him for most of the moto. With only a few laps to go, a small mental lapse caused #48 to washout the front end. Remounting instantly, Anstie went on to finish 8th. After severely twisting his ankle in the first moto, Anstie made a valiant effort in moto two. Getting a poor start, made bettering his day very difficult. Though he tried hard, continuing on wasn’t working out properly so the team had Max exit the track to not push the injury any further.
A less than stellar day for Izzi was truly unfortunate, after gutting out a 19th in moto one. Izzi tried to race through adversity, as he seems to be suffering from some sort of a complicated fatigue issue that is going to have him seeing specialists in the coming days. Although he finished he finished moto two, a hard fought 25th would be all he could muster.
Moto 1 Moto 2 = Overall Finish
Broc Tickle 6th 5th = 6th
Martin Davalos 9th 10th = 8th
Max Anstie 8th 39th = 13th
Nico Izzi 19th 25th = 24th
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