The Fire Power Honda team are on top of the world currently, as Max Anstie won the 250SX East/West Showdown at the fourteenth stop of 2023 AMA Supercross. The race was run alongside the incredible setting of New York in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and will live on in the minds of race fans for years to come.
Conditions changed drastically in the hour before the main event took off. The experts had forecast a thunderstorm and it hit when expected, which forced the powers that be to delay the race as lightning passed over the MetLife Stadium. Eventually, a little over an hour later than originally scheduled, gates dropped on the 250SX East/West Showdown.
Facing a field of factory machinery, Max Anstie used the power in his inhouse built CRF250R to take a clear holeshot and lead the pack around on the first lap. Anstie was unstoppable in the mud and did so much of the hard work in the early stages – he built an impressive margin by the halfway point. ’63’ managed the race from that point on and reached the checkered flag in first position, to the delight of the spectators who braced the storm. It was the first triumph for Anstie and Fire Power Honda in the AMA Supercross series and the first time Honda has locked out the 250 podium with Jett and Hunter Lawrence finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively on the night. Anstie sits third overall in the East Coast championship standings, but one point separates him from second place.
Dean Wilson was set to maintain the squad’s positive night, as he raced into the top five early in the premier-class main. ’15’ ran in sixth when he hit the dirt, in an unfortunate fall, and dropped down to fourteenth. Fortunately, he was able to climb back to tenth by the time that the race concluded. Such a finish helped him extend his streak of top-ten results to three and leap closer to eighth in the points.
Fire Power Honda will go to Nashville, Tennessee, now, as the fifteenth round of AMA Supercross will be held this coming weekend. There is still so much to play for in the aging season and the ‘red’ team are poised to end on a high.
Max Anstie: “I’ve had a lot of faith in Fire Power Honda since I first signed with the team. It is so good to share this experience with them and be a part of their history. I knew what I had to do in order to execute in those conditions and we did that. It is just amazing! We will get back to work this week to see if we can do something similar in Nashville!”
Dean Wilson: “It was almost a very good finish! I ran in the top five and then sat in a solid sixth, but a fallen lapper was in the main rut. I went to go around them and slid in the mud. I struggled to pick the bike up, seeing as my hands were in the mud, and went back to fourteenth. I finished tenth. Gutted about the result, as it was almost a good one, but that is racing. Congratulations to my teammate and the whole team on the win!”
Yarrive Konsky: “What an incredible and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Martin Davalos needs to be given a great deal of credit, his fearless and courageous commitment is yielding great results. Whilst this is my fourth season in America, this is truly our second real season as a unified full-time team and the results are coming because of our amazing team and sponsors, especially American Honda and Western Power Sports! Max was remarkable, he and Martin work well together and its showing. Dean is giving it his all and the results don’t reflect the work his is putting in”.