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Anthony West celebrates podium hat-trick

Anthony West celebrates podium hat-trick

Anthony West celebrates podium hat-trick

Australian youngster Anthony West is fast developing into one of the leading lights of the 2003 season. The Aprilia rider began to ruffle feathers with a surprise battle with the leaders in the first race at Suzuka, but has since gone on to prove that his performance was no fluke and at Donington on Sunday he consolidated a great run of form with his third successive podium, two weeks after clinching his maiden career victory in the wet at Assen. At the halfway point of the season, West now lies fifth in the championship, trailing leader Poggiali by just 27 points.

`I didn´t really expect to do that well,´ smiled West, who started from tenth on the grid but charged through the field to snatch third place from Toni Elias on the last lap. `I was a little nervous going to Donington because I won in Assen and I knew everyone was thinking I could only do it in the wet, so I wanted to prove that I could be up there in the dry. At the first corner I had a really big highside and almost crashed but I just managed to stay on and fight my way up to third position. It was a pretty hard race but I got up there so it was good´.

West´s achievement at beating Elias to the podium for the second time, after also pipping him for third place in his home race at Catalunya, is all the more remarkable considering that the Australian is riding a privateer machine compared to the factory supported bike of the prodigious Spanish talent. `The bike isn´t as quick as Elias´ bike or even Rolfo´s (Honda), but it is still quite good – the mechanics are doing a great job, making some good changes. For example my suspension is really good at the moment. After a result like this I have to be really happy for them and I just hope I can keep it up´.

250cc, 2003, Anthony West

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