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Anthony West to return to Grand Prix next year with Aprilia

Anthony West to return to Grand Prix next year with Aprilia

Australian Anthony West has confirmed that he will return to Grand Prix racing in 2003 to ride an Aprilia in the 250cc World Championship. The 21-year-old, who missed the whole of the 2002 season after failing to secure a ride, has joined the Florence-based UGT 3000-Abruzzo team and will ride the machines raced in this year´s quarter-litre series by Roberto Locatelli.

West travelled to Italy four days ago and said he would remain overseas to test the Aprilia for the first time at the Jerez circuit in Spain from December 2-4. ´The team´s factory and their overall set-up is very impressive, and after sitting out this year I´m really pleased to be going back to Grand Prix racing,´ said West.

West contested the 500cc World Championship in 2001 riding a Honda V2, and he picked up 27 points to finish the series in 18th position. His 250cc career makes more impressive reading though, with twelfth place overall in his rookie season in 1999 and a final position of sixth in 2000, when he took fourth place on two occasions, at Assen and Estoril.

250cc, 2002, Anthony West

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