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West to race at Assen

West to race at Assen

West to race at Assen

Australian KTM rider Ant West will make a second return to racing in this year's 250cc world championship series next week at the Dutch circuit where he recorded his sole Grand Prix victory.

West said he would temporarily join the Spanish-based Wurth BQR Honda team for the Gauloises TT Assen on June 25, which is round seven of the 250cc world championship.

The 23-year-old Gold Coast rider, who won the 250cc grand prix at Assen in 2003, said he had accepted an invitation to ride the Wurth BQR Honda to help prepare for his eventual debut on a new factory KTM, which is currently being built.

West was recruited by KTM last winter to ride the Austrian manufacturer's new machine in this year's 250cc world championship. He is not expected to debut the KTM until the 250cc British Grand Prix at Donington Park on July 24.

The 250cc Grand Prix at Assen will be West's second return to this year's world championship while awaiting his debut for KTM. His previous appearance in this year's 250cc series was in the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, where he rode for the Aprilia Germany team.

"What I need right now is some racing to stay sharp, which is why I went to Le Mans and why I'm going to Assen for this 'one-off' ride on the (Wurth BQR) Honda," said West.

"The time I spend on the bike in these two races will help me get up to speed for when the KTM is ready."

West said that despite winning at Assen in 2003 he expected to struggle to be competitive in this year's race, unless it rained.

"I'm thankful for this chance to race the Honda, but it's not a factory bike and if it's dry the guys at the front will have too much straight-line speed," he said.

"In the rain it could be different – it was wet when I won the grand prix at Assen a couple of years ago on a privately entered Aprilia."

250cc, 2005, GAULOISES TT ASSEN, Anthony West

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