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Second Grand Prix win in succession for Max Anstie and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Max Anstie of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing went two for two when he won the Swiss MX2
motocross GP one week after having won the GP of Lommel.

The weekend started in minor key for the Englishman, who could get no higher than 13th in the qualifying heat
after a bad start.  He was fully motivated to turn his luck around on race day, though, and did so with some authority.

Max started the first heat in second position, but with a determined pass on Samuele Bernardini, he shot into the
lead, and was never challenged after that.  The second heat was far more tense and exciting. After gaining the
holeshot, Max quickly had popular local ace Jeremy Seewer at his heel. Fuelled on by a rabid home crowd, Seewer
took the lead for a few laps, but Max rode with guile and maturity, and reclaimed the lead a little over halfway into the
race. Despite the constant attentions of Seewer, Max won the heat and thus claimed the overall victory for the day. 
This had the added benefit of hoisting him up to fourth in the world standings.

Teammate Thomas Covington rode a brilliant qualifying race to secure the second gate, one of his best performances
ever.  His first heat seemed to be headed for a great result, and he was challenging for third place, when his bike and
that of Bernardini touched and he crashed.  This cost him some positions, and he finally finished 8th.

In the second race, Thomas had a lot more work to do, coming back from 27th spot. He rode like a man possessed,
and after one of his most strenuous efforts of the whole season, climbed back to tenth position.  This gave him a well-
deserved 8th spot for the day, and hoisted him to 12th in the world standings.

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Conrad Mewse certainly drew the attention in the qualifying heat. The young rider led for a while, until an overjump
damaged his rear brake, which forced him out of the race. This meant that he had a bad choice of start gate on Sunday.
Conrad made the most of a bad situation, and charged up to 13th in the first race.  In the second race, he did even better,
and marched up to 8th. This ranked him 11th overall for the day, and solidified his position of 19th in the world standings.

The world championship series continues on the 27th and 28th of August at Assen in the Netherlands.



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