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Crucial weekend for West

Crucial weekend for West

Crucial weekend for West

Anthony West arrives at the fifth round of the 250cc World Championship this week admitting it is time began stringing some top results together after struggling to maintain his early season expectations. The hard-charging Australian injured his back in preseason testing but made a flying start at Suzuka, lapping with the front group before crashing out with just a few laps remaining. However, those promising beginnings have yet to materialise into consistent results and the 21 year old is his own biggest critic.

`The last few races I haven´t been too happy with,´ admits West, who lies ninth in the championship with 30 points. ` We are sorting a lot of things out with the bike – I am learning a lot about the Aprilia and I guess the bike is learning a lot about me, so things are getting better. In testing things were going pretty good but I crashed and injured my back so I have been getting over that. I didn´t expect to do so well in Japan so when I crashed out it was a big disappointment. At the moment I´m training pretty hard and with my fitness I feel pretty good – we´ve just got to get the bike sorted´.

Despite his own criticism, West has been widely applauded throughout the paddock for his determined start to the season on private machinery, and he knows he has the ability to make a serious podium challenge. `I think it´s possible for me to run with the front four guys but I just haven´t quite been able to get there yet. Mugello is a long circuit with long corners so you have to have a good set-up there and be comfortable with the front end. So I hope we can get sorted quickly – we seem to have found what the problem is with the bike and the team are getting to know my riding style so I just want to push on and get to the front.´

Tags:
250cc, 2003, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia, Anthony West

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