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West excited ahead of home challenge

West excited ahead of home challenge

The GMC Australian Grand Prix promises to be an exciting event for home rider Anthony West, while his Kawasaki team-mate Randy de Puniet goes into the 16th round of the World Championship on a high after his first premier class podium.

This coming weekend's GMC Australian Grand Prix promises to be an exciting event for home rider Anthony West, while his Kawasaki team-mate Randy de Puniet goes into the 16th round of the World Championship on a high after his first premier class podium, with his excellent ride to second at Motegi.

Following his own hard-fought seventh place at the Twin Ring circuit just over a fortnight ago, Aussie rider West approaches the Phillip Island challenge hoping to put on a good show for his family and other close supporters in the stands.

Ahead of his home race, at the track where his made his World Championship debut on 125cc machinery in 1998, West commented: "I'm really looking forward to Phillip Island as it's my home race, even though I've had quite a mixture of luck there in the past. All my family and friends are coming to watch, and they haven't been able to get to a race for ages, so that'll be great."

"It should be an exciting round: the bike was working brilliantly at the last race in Japan so, if we continue progressing the way we have recently and I get a good qualifying lap in, we should do well."

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Kawasaki pit-box De Puniet is full of confidence after his Japanese success and the 26-year-old has high hopes for more success on his Australian visit.

The talented Frenchman commented: "I like Phillip Island. It's one of the best tracks in the World Championship. There aren't many straights and the first and last corners are very, very fast, which is why it's a favourite! I had a hard race there last year, when it started to rain and we had to change bikes and I finished 11th, so I hope I can do better than that this time round."

"Certainly, I'm feeling really motivated after the podium at Motegi and, with the help of my crew who've been working so hard, I'm aiming for a top five at least, although another podium before the end of the season would be perfect."

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Anthony West

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