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A long year for Ant West

A long year for Ant West

A long year for Ant West

Anthony West took the 250cc class by storm in 2003, winning the Dutch TT at Assen in the wet, whilst also taking a further three podium finishes – all as a privateer rider. The 22 year-old Australian seemed to have done enough to attract factory attention for 2004 but he again finds himself battling against the odds riding a privateer Aprilia with Team Abruzzo. Twelve months on from that famous first victory in Holland, West admits it is difficult to maintain his motivation against nine full factory riders.

"It's difficult when you see the other riders with big motorhomes and they're getting paid money and they get better tyres and their bikes always sound good when you're out on track with them," says West.

"When you're trying to prepare for the race to think you can beat them, it always makes it a lot harder. You've just got to try and push harder than they do and try and get the bike with a good set-up, but it's quite hard. I guess you've just got to be determined to beat them."

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250cc, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN, Anthony West

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