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West continues factory crusade

West continues factory crusade

West continues factory crusade

Anthony West reiterated his claim for an official ride after the 250cc race at Brno on Sunday, and with his performances so far this season it is becoming harder for the factories to ignore him. The 23 year old Australian took fourth place in the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky, consolidating his position as top privateer and putting himself in a prime position for an improved ride in 2005.

"I'm happy to just keep consistent all year and keep that position as the top privateer," said West. "I want a factory bike next year so I'll just have to make sure they have no choice but to give me one.

"If I keep beating these factory boys then they're going to give in sooner or later. At the moment I appreciate that it's a bit difficult but I'll just keep pushing."

West's latest top five result came after a typically gritty performance, fighting his way through the field and overcoming Toni Elías with an aggressive pass in the final stages.

"The first few laps of the race I was ninth but the guys started to pull away a bit and I didn't feel too good. But I started to feel better as the race went on and I caught up to Nieto and Rolfo.

"When it started raining I thought ‘perfect'. Everyone seemed to back off a fair bit and I caught right up. Then it dried out and I just tried to stay with Toni Elías, kept doing the same lap times as him and we pulled away from the guys behind us. Then in the last few laps I was able to pass him back, which was good!"

West also offered his frank opinion on the decision of Race Direction to allow the race to continue despite drops of rainfall at various points during the race. "At one point I thought they'd stop they race because it started to rain a fair bit but then it stopped pretty quick," he said.

"Half the circuit was dry and half of it was wet, so I don't know. It wasn't like everybody was crashing or anything – you just had to take it a bit easy, let it pass. It wasn't really dangerous.

"You can ride around in those conditions so I think if it rained a bit more then it would definitely have had to be stopped, but I don't think there was any reason to.

"As far as I am concerned the guys who put their hands up simply didn't want to ride in the wet. For me I didn't mind – it was alright really."

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Anthony West

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