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No complaints from West over Nieto move

No complaints from West over Nieto move

No complaints from West over Nieto move

Anthony West has revealed that the move Fonsi Nieto pulled on him on the last lap of the 250cc race at Jerez on Sunday was ‘dirty', but admitted that he would have done the same if the roles were reversed. West and Nieto battled throughout the second half of the race in a high risk skirmish on the slippery Spanish tarmac, with the home rider eventually winning out on the last lap with a repeat of the hard undertaking manoeuvre, appropriately into the corner named after his uncle Angel Nieto, he had performed just a few laps earlier.

"It was pretty much the same pass he did earlier on in the race," West said of the incident. "Going into the Nieto corner he hit me from the inside and pushed me almost off the track. I'm not complaining – it was a bit of a dirty move but I'd have done it myself.

"I tried to cover my line a bit but he came right up on me on the inside and he wasn't stopping... I guess that's racing. I'm just disappointed I wasn't on the podium.

West, who won the last wet 250cc race at Assen last season and finished fifth in a dry race at Jerez on year ago added: "I really thought I could have won the race, I just had a bad start and the guys were out of control everywhere.

"I had no grip on the rear – the set-up on the rear wasn't too good and I almost crashed a few times but I held it together and caught up with Nieto… I just couldn't get away from him.

"The track was really unpredictable because on Saturday in the wet practice the grip was really good but during the race it was really, really bad and you didn't know whether the back was going to come around or not. I guess I was lucky a lot of the guys crashed but I should have been up the front to start with."

250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Pablo Nieto, Anthony West

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