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Anstie dominates Lommel MXGP qualifying

Anstie, photographed at the Czech GP last week, won the Lommel MXGP qualifier in fine style

Max Anstie dominated the MXGP qualifying race in the deep sand of Lommel, coming from a top five start to catch and pass leader Tim Gajser who finished second.

KTM man Anstie was third at the end of the first lap, then moved into second and tailed leader Gajser. He made a move on lap four then pulled away. He slowed on the final lap but still took an easy win, his first qualifying race win since France at the end of 2017.

Anstie said the track was rougher than normal due to rain yesterday, but he still managed to get in the lead and save energy.

Shaun Simpson had a strong ride to eighth. Tommy Searle did not start the race. He tried to ride in practice but he is too injured after his Czech GP crash last week.

In the MX2 class, Jorge Prado took another start-to-finish win from Calvin Vlaanderen and Tom Vialle. Ben Watson was fifth, with Adam Sterry seventh. Sterry crashed out of fourth early on in the race but remounted and stayed with the leading pack.

James Carpenter was 16th and Tom Grimshaw 24th, having a one-off ride on the JK Yamaha.