News 28 Apr 2023

West looking for strong QR result to secure remaining ASBK rounds

Set for first 2023 Australian Superbike appearance with Addicted to Track.

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Addicted to Track rider Anthony West is set for his first Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) round with the team, looking for a strong result at Queensland Raceway to secure further sponsorship that would allow him to compete in more rounds of the series this year.

West competed with the MotoGo Yamaha outfit last year in ASBK but was unable to contest the first two rounds of this year’s championship.

He made his first competitive outing with the Addicted to Track team in March at the opening round of the 2023 Queensland Road Race Championship, securing the overall win in the Superbike category at Queensland Raceway.

Since then, the experienced international ventured to France to compete in the 24 Heures Motos with Maco Racing as part of his 2023 Endurance World Championship (EWC) commitments, and now looks ahead to a strong showing this weekend as he returns to domestic competition.

“Obviously we want to do the best we can so we can get a bit more support and sponsorship so we can do all of the races,” West explained.

“Wasn’t able to put anything together to do the whole year because of money, basically, but I’ve done the Queensland Championship here with the team and had a pretty good feeling with them.

“Small team, but they do things professionally and everything has a place, it’s nice to see people working in a professional way. Small scale, but they do things correctly. It’s always a good feeling when you come into a team and they do things right, gives you confidence.

“I think we could possibly have a good race, it’s not my favourite track as I prefer tracks with a few more corners but I think we are going to do okay.

“Not on Dunlops this year, so that is different for me, the race will be different. Racing on Dunlops last year my quickest lap was always by lap six and the races were too short, by the time the Dunlops started to work the race was over. Being on Pirellis now will be different to race with, but I feel good about the team so far.”

West posted the 10th fastest time in FP1 this morning at Queensland Raceway as Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team) went quickest with a 1m07.952s.