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West feeling cheated

West feeling cheated

West feeling cheated

Anthony West was a victim of poor fortune in his 250cc debut, forced to abandon the race with four laps to go due to a mechanical problem. The Australian, who this season competes in the quarter litre category with the Kiefer BOS Castrol team, had been a comfortable sixth neither close to the leaders nor in danger from the trailing pack.

"A spark plug broke when I was riding on the main straight. There wasn't any warning. The engine felt a bit slow, but I thought that's normal because it's not a factory bike. It was a disappointing way to go out of the race because it was only a few laps from the finish and I wanted some (championship) points. I spent a long time riding with (Hiroshi) Aoyama, (Roberto) Locatelli, and (Marco) Simoncelli. They were passing me on the straight because they had more top-end speed, but I was quicker and had more control in the tight sections of the track," said West, before describing his misfortune and cursing his not having a factory ride.

"I got ahead of them and broke away, but the front tyre performance dropped off. It's possible the tyre was destroyed when I was riding on full tanks and pushing hard. I seem to be around 10-km/h slower than many of the riders on the factory bikes, but I'm a privateer and that's the way it is. I need better suspension and more (engine) power to be able to race with the riders at t he front. The straights at Jerez aren't long, so it's going to be a battle at some of the other tracks we race at."

West had previously issued a less than complimentary assessment of the bike, but having had time to reflect the young rider was able to make a more positive analysis.

His team-mate Dirk Heidolf finished 15th, with which he earned his first point of the season.

250cc, 2006, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Anthony West

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