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West hampered by crash at Sachsenring

West hampered by crash at Sachsenring

Kawasaki´s Anthony West suffered a high-speed morning crash and finished the opening day of practice in Germany fifteenth fastest on combined times.

Anthony West lapped consistently throughout the hour-long morning practice in Germany on Friday, but as the session drew to a close he lost the front end of his Kawasaki on the entry to the 230 km/h left-hander at turn six, crashing heavily.

The Aussie rider suffered injuries to his back and left forearm as he tumbled through the gravel trap, with the result that he returned to the track for this afternoon´s free practice session more than a little battered and bruised.

West was also restricted to just one bike for afternoon practice, as his number one machine was almost completely destroyed in the crash and there was too little time between sessions for the Australian´s crew to rebuild a spare bike from the ground up.

West will receive treatment on his injured back tonight, and he remains confident that a top ten grid position is a realistic target for tomorrow´s qualifying session.

Anthony West - sixteenth

`We had some problems with braking stability this morning, but the biggest problem was the crash right at the end of the session. When I hit the gravel trap something must have dug in, because I started tumbling and that´s what damaged my back. It was a bit painful during the afternoon session, especially through the high-speed sections where you need to use your bodyweight to get the bike to change direction. We made some definite improvements to the bike this afternoon, especially with the braking stability. Through some sections of the track it´s working really well, but we still need to look at improving drive out of the turns; specifically at the last corner which leads onto the start finish straight. I will get some treatment on my back tonight, and I´m pretty sure it won´t be an issue tomorrow.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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