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KTM sign West for new project

KTM sign West for new project

KTM sign West for new project

Red Bull KTM have confirmed that Anthony West will spearhead their assault on the 250cc World Championship in 2005. The Austrian factory will be contesting the quarter-litre series for the first time after two seasons in the 125cc class, where they plan to run three riders next season.

"KTM is delighted to have secured the services of Anthony West as we embark on the new 250cc project," said team manager Harald Bartol, who will supervise both the 125cc and 250cc projects.

"Anthony is a talented and committed rider who brings a great deal of experience to our team. The 250cc bike will be a development project for 2005 although in the second half of the season we hope to have a competitive bike on which Anthony can challenge the top riders."

KTM's 250cc prototype is currently being designed and developed by Bartol in Austria, with track testing scheduled to commence prior to the start of the 2005 season in April.

West has emerged as one of the brightest talents in Grand Prix racing over the past two seasons riding privateer bikes. The 23 year old won the Dutch TT at Assen in 2003 with a superb wet weather performance and during the 2004 season regularly finished ahead of rivals on full factory bikes.

After starting his career in junior dirt-track racing and winning two national titles in Australia, West made his World Championship debut as a 125cc wildcard at Phillip Island in 1998. He moved to the 250cc class in 1999 on a Honda and was sixth in 2000, moving up to the 500cc class for one season as a privateer on a Honda v-twin in 2001.

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250cc, 2004, Anthony West

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