The momentum continues to build for the Fire Power Honda squad, as Max Anstie just secured yet another podium at round five of the 2023 AMA Supercross series. Anstie, who has burst into the 250SX East division as an immediate contender for race wins and the championship, is off to a brilliant start and showed more potential inside of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night.
Anstie showed plenty of raw speed throughout the practice sessions in the daytime and reminded everyone of how capable the CRF250R that sits beneath him is. When the 250SX main event fired into life in front of an impressive crowd, ’63’ swiftly moved into the runner-up position and logged consistent laps behind the leader. Eventually losing a spot as the laps wound down, he ripped across the finish line in third and claimed a solid haul of points. Anstie is still second in the championship classification and just eight points from the red plate.
There were more signs of progress for Dean Wilson, as he was comfortably inside of the top ten in the main event and showed pace in the day. Unfortunately, however, he was struck by another rider in the final turn and had all of his hard work undone. The final results show that ’15’ was fifteenth in the premier class main, but those in attendance saw that he deserved so much more and he will take that positivity into the future events. Thirteenth is the position that he occupies in the championship standings.
For Max Anstie, a weekend off beckons. Fire Power Honda will head back to California though, as Oakland’s the next round of 2023 AMA Supercross and therefore 250SX West leaps back into action. Dean Wilson will continue his charge aboard the CRF450R.
Max Anstie: “We did it again! I knew that we had to back up what we did in Houston and my team made sure that we were prepared for whatever the weather was going to throw at us. It was a consistent main event and I know that I have got more in the tank, so I cannot wait to get back to work with the crew and race in Arlington.”
Dean Wilson: “The end result is a shame, but I made more progress through the day and was happy with my speed. We are definitely getting closer to that top ten – it is just a shame that the result does not show that at all. Thanks to the team for helping me get more comfortable each week. Hopefully we can put the pieces of the puzzle together in Oakland!”
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