News 6 Nov 2017

Strong feeling allows West to push through for fifth at Qatar finale

Australian WorldSSP contender 'content' after two difficult years of racing.

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Anthony West says a strong feeling on Saturday night allowed him to push through to a top five finish at Qatar’s final round of the WorldSSP category of the FIM Motul World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK), in what was his second appearance with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing in the division.

Despite an unlucky start, the Australian recovered nicely, passing a number of riders in the 15-lap affair to wind up in an impressive fifth position.

West explained that he wishes the result was better following his podium at the previous round, although mentioned he’s content after two difficult years of racing.

“My start was good but being on the inside you could either be lucky if everybody goes wide, or unlucky if they don’t, and nobody did,” said West. “I got stuck a little bit and a few guys got past me. Then a few guys crashed in front of me, so I was baulked a little bit.

“I felt strong during the race and was able to catch people on the track. I wish the result was a little bit better but I am happy as the last two years have been hard ones. Now I have started to enjoy the racing again and to be fighting for something.”

The number 13 raced in multiple championships and events in 2017, including the WorldSBK and WorldSSP categories, MotoAmerica and the prestigious Suzuki 8 Hours. His plans for 2018 are yet to be determined.