Max Anstie, one of the few prominent MXGP riders yet to secure a deal for the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, has found a landing spot. The British rider has agreed to a one-year deal with Standing Construct KTM for next year.
Anstie moved up to the MXGP class in 2017 with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna and spent the last two years with the team. After the team elected not to re-sign Anstie, there was concern that he may not be able to secure a deal for 2019, and a move back to the U.S. was even discussed.
Anstie had an up and down final season with the team in 2018, finishing tenth in points and securing just two moto podiums.
He joins the previously announced Glenn Coldenhoff (moving over from Red Bull KTM) and Ivo Monticelli on the team.
"I’m really looking forward to 2019," Max Anstie said in a team statement. "The Standing Construct KTM team are a great crew, we have great material and a solid programme. We will be ready to perform in 2019! I’m very grateful to KTM and Tim for making this happen and giving me this opportunity."
"I am very happy to have signed Max to ride for our team in 2019," team manager Tim Mathys said. "Already in our MX2 period we were seriously interested in Max and also earlier this season we showed interest in him. With the support of KTM we managed to find an agreement and I think that we have a strong team heading into the 2019 MXGP season."