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West pleased with best ever qualifying result

West pleased with best ever qualifying result

Having taken his best ever MotoGP qualifying result, Anthony West was in a positive mood this afternoon as he planned his Malaysian assault from fifth on the grid.

Having taken his best ever MotoGP qualifying result, Anthony West was in a positive mood this afternoon as he planned his Malaysian assault from fifth on the grid. The Australian was less than four tenths of a second off Dani Pedrosas Sepang pole lap, and was on course for a front row right up until the final moments of the session.

Im feeling confident for the race tomorrow; the bike is feeling really good, West told motogp.com after the session, where he held his own in second place for a solid ten minute spell onboard the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR800.

Wests continued improvement in both practice and race situations has been justifying Kawasakis decision to stick by the rider originally only scheduled to participate in one test for the team, and their renewal of the 26 year-olds contract for the 2008 season. Thrown in at the deep end having never used qualifying tyres before, work with Bridgestone after Misano has seen him improve his times and rack up two second row starts in the last three races.

Im more used to the qualifiers now. I didnt test after Japan with them, but I feel more comfortable now. Im happy with the race tyres as well, and think I can have a good race, concluded West, who had a dismal time in qualifying last year after rain prevented him from reaching the 107% cut-off point in the 250cc class.

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MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Anthony West

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