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West happy with Kawasaki test outing

West happy with Kawasaki test outing

Anthony West rode an 800cc bike for the first time yesterday, undertaking a marathon debut session on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR800 at the Circuit de Catalunya as a last minute stand-in for Olivier Jacque.

Anthony West rode an 800cc bike for the first time yesterday, undertaking a marathon debut session on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR800 at the Circuit de Catalunya as a last minute stand-in for Olivier Jacque. The Australian spoke to motogp.com after the opening day of testing to explain how the offer came about and his assessment of the 800cc machine.

"Kawasaki came to me and asked if I wanted to ride; I guess that they needed someone to test with Olivier and Randy both injured, and I was happy to get on the bike," said the Australian, who last competed in the premier class back in 2001 for a single season.

"It was a fun experience; not as difficult as I thought it would be and much less aggressive than what I had expected. The sliding was predictable, and it was just a lot easier than riding the 250cc, but so fast that down the straight that you don't have any time to look around and wave at the crowd," joked West.

Plans for West's continued participation with the team remains up in the air, but one thing that has been confirmed is that he will not continue riding with Team Sicilia in 250cc. Following on from some successful moonlighting on a 600cc Supersport bike, he is expecting to make a permanent transition save for a MotoGP offer.

"I would like to continue doing this, but at the moment I don't know anything so we'll see. I'll be sticking with the 600cc like I had planned before Barcelona, and just wait I suppose," concluded West.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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