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West set for wrist surgery

West set for wrist surgery

Kawasaki Racing's Anthony West is due to have wrist surgery this winter following the conclusion of MotoGP activity for 2007 and he therefore hopes to come back even stronger next season.

Kawasaki Racing's Anthony West is due to have wrist surgery this winter following the conclusion of MotoGP activity for 2007 and he therefore hopes to come back even stronger next season.

The ‘down-to-earth' Australian was a solid performer for Kawasaki when he came into the team to replace the retiring Olivier Jacque as of Donington Park in June, scoring points at every round up until Valencia and completing the season with 59 on the board in total.

But his post-season testing times were not the best so West will hope that a good rest, after he has an old wrist injury operated on during the off-season test embargo, should see him return to top form alongside new racing partner John Hopkins.

On his hectic schedule following the last round of the season, West told motogp.com last week at Jerez: "Since the Valencia race I had that Wednesday testing again (in Valencia) and I've been flat out visiting motorshows so I've been pretty busy. The test in Malaysia went pretty good, we tested a lot of new things and here is going not too bad, so it's going to be looking good for the bike next year."

On the arrival of Hopkins into the Kawasaki set-up West stated: "It's good to have John in the team, he's a good guy and we get along well together. Also in the box we have similar problems with the bike, and similar riding styles so it's a good help to have him in the team."

"Next I have an operation on my wrist, to take out a plate and some screws so I'll just be recovering from that," West concluded. "I'll go back to Australia and just try and get some sun!"

To see West's full interview follow the video link on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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