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West disappointed with result in front of Aussie fans

West disappointed with result in front of Aussie fans

The GMC Australian Grand Prix saw Kawasaki Racing's Anthony West continue his run of earning championship points at every round since his promotion to the premier class in June - but he was disappointed not to finish higher than twelfth at his home race.

The GMC Australian Grand Prix saw Kawasaki Racing's Anthony West continue his run of earning championship points at every round since his promotion to the premier class in June - but he was disappointed not to finish higher than twelfth at his home race.

The 26 year-old Aussie started in tenth place on the grid and swapped places a number of times as he fought hard with a group of battling riders including Carlos Checa, Chris Vermeulen and Colin Edwards.

After plenty of overtaking and some exciting racing to entertain the 50,000 Phillip Island crowd, West was eventually forced to settle for twelfth place due to tyre deterioration.

That finishing position equals his worst results thus far this season – he was also twelfth at Brno and Estoril – which speaks volumes for the consistency West has demonstrated since getting his big MotoGP break at Donington.

Reflecting as frankly as ever on his performance, West commented: "My start wasn't that great but I started to work my way through and did okay; I was feeling good. I tried to push as much as I could until I'd pretty much destroyed the rear tyre. I couldn't keep my speed up through the corners and, as has been the case over the past day or so, it was particularly difficult to feel comfortable when the bike was leaned over on the left hand side."

"I was working to stay at the front of my group but by the last few laps I don't think the tyre had anything left. I'm not very happy about my result but the fans here have been really supportive so hopefully, by the time we come back here next year, I can give them some more to cheer about."

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Anthony West

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