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Dutch courage doesn´t pay off for West

Dutch courage doesn´t pay off for West

Anthony West´s attempts to push for improvement in Assen ended with a crash for the Kawasaki rider.

Riding solo after an injury to Kawasaki teammate John Hopkins, Anthony West was determined to get into the top ten. However, in trying to catch up with the group immediately in front of him, the Australian lost the front end and crashed out of the Dutch date.

Anthony West – DNF

`I got a good start to the race, although it was difficult from so far back on the grid because the first turn is quite tight. I had made up a few places when Alex de Angelis highsided in front of me and I had to almost stop the machine to avoid hitting him. The bike was feeling good and in the next few laps I managed to pass a few people into 11th place. I was sure I could catch the group ahead of me and be well within the top ten, but we were lapping at a similar pace and with the incident at the start, I had to push just that little bit harder. Unfortunately I lost the front of the bike and crashed out, which is a real disappointment because we were quite strong today. The new engine upgrades have made a difference and we still have more grip than previously, despite struggling a little bit in places with cornering. We just need some luck on our side and, hopefully, we'll be fighting for good positions next time out at Sachsenring.´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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