World U21 Title Defence Begins
Max commenced the defence of his title last week at the first round of the FIM 2017 World Championships in Posnan, Poland.
Showing why he is the current World Title holder, Max went through the heats dropping just one point on what proved to be a tricky and technical track for many of the riders. He displayed loads of class and speed breaking the track record and together with his main rival, Polish rider Maxim Drabik, progressed to the semi finals with a clear lead over the other riders in the field.
It was looking like the race of the night was coming up with Max and Drabik expected to progress easily to the final however, Max missed the start and made an uncustomary error dropping to fourth place and although he battled well to get into third, it was not enough to progress to the final.
“I’m really disappointed in myself for making the mistake I did, said Max. “I was in a really good position and the result should have been a lot closer but I have left myself with a bit of work to do in the next two rounds to try and make up the lost points” he continued.
Points scored throughout the meeting mean that Max sits in second position in the championship on 15 points, six behind Drabik leading into the second and third rounds which will be held in September in Germany and Poland.
Poland are a particularly strong speedway nation and Max is only the second non-Polish rider to win the U21 World Title since fellow Australian, Darcy Ward, in 2010.
“It was really great last year to get an Australian back on the top of the rostrum and I would love to be able to win back to back titles but it’s going to be very tough. Still, anything can happen in the next two rounds so I’ll do all I can to get myself back into contention” he continued.