News 4 Oct 2016

West wins both Asia Road Racing Championship races in India

Pearson makes it an all-Aussie weekend with Asia Dream Cup victory.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Australian Anthony West broke through for a convincing double victory in the fifth round of the 2016 Asia Road Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit in India on the weekend.

West, who opted to contest the penultimate ARRC round over the French round of the Superbike World Championship, claimed his first pole position and backed it up with two wins for Team Akeno Speed WJR Racing.

The opening encounter saw 35-year-old former grand prix racer West take victory ahead of Decha Kraisart and Ahmad Yudhistira, while in race two he won again over Kraisart and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman. West has now moved to fifth in the standings.

“I feel very comfortable on this track,” West said. “It wasn’t an easy win [in race one] even though I was four seconds in front of the others. I was able to take advantage when the riders behind me were fighting each other and slowing themselves down.

“In this race class, starting from pole position and a good run into the hole shot is essential to enjoy an easy race. If you were to start in the middle group, it would be hard to fight your way to the front.

“Race two was a whole different race. It was a lot tougher because the other teams had obviously caught up with us and improved their set-up. The race was also longer today, but I’m glad I was able to still hang on in the front to win.”

It was a winning weekend for the Aussies across the board as 15-year-old Broc Pearson stepped up onto the top of the Asia Dream Cup podium. The victory now has Pearson tied for third in the championship points.