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West happy to be on second row for Czech race

West happy to be on second row for Czech race

Anthony West finished Saturday with a huge boost to his confidence in qualifying at Brno, with a final lap surge around the rain-soaked Czech track to put him in sixth place overall.

Kawasaki´s Anthony West continuously slashed his lap time throughout the hour-long Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske republiky qualifying session, despite conditions deteriorating with heavy rainfall on Saturday afternoon.

The 27-year-old Kawasaki was challenged by poor visibility, being held up by another rider and standing water around the circuit on his very final lap on a soft tyre, but the Australian was pleased to set his fastest time of the day to finish on the second row of the grid for Sunday´s twelfth race of the year.

Anthony West - sixth

`I really didn´t expect to improve my time on our last lap, so the final result has been a real confidence boost. The conditions worsened throughout the session and there was a lot of standing water around the circuit, so the bike was aquaplaning in a lot of places. I was struggling to see and I got held up on my final lap on a soft tyre, but we still managed to move up a further three places. We´ve made a lot of improvements to the set-up of the machine, and although I´m not really sure how this will fair in the dry, starting from sixth means we´re in a strong position for the race.´

MotoGP, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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