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West: “I’ve been waiting for Moto2”

West: “I’ve been waiting for Moto2”

Australian rider Anthony West believes the new Moto2 category will be a superb contest, and the pre-season has given him high ambitions for 2010.

The 40 riders who will contest the inaugural season of the new Moto2 World Championship completed their final preparations for the start of the campaign at the Jerez Test earlier this week, and Anthony West believes the pre-season has shown just how close the fight for the title will be in 2010.

The Australian rider placed ninth on the overall timesheet at the final Test before the opening race of the season, the CommercialBank Grand Prix of Qatar on April 11th. It was the first time West rode as a confirmed entrant for the 2010 season, as he attended the two previous Official Tests at Valencia and Jerez and the private meeting at Catalunya as a reserve entry rider.

“It was a bit difficult and stressful not knowing whether we’d start (the season) or not and I’m happy we finally will,” explained West. “Now we have a lot of work to do to get everything ready for the first race. I’m looking forward to it and these guys are working really hard to get the bike ready.”

The opportunity to assess himself against other riders who will all also be using the official Honda 600cc engine gave West a good measure of what to expect in 2010. With the top 16 on the timesheet at Jerez all separated by less than a second the MZ Racing rider believes the title is there for the taking.

“I want to be at the front! With this new class I think I have a really good chance and I’m feeling strong at the moment. I want to win some races,” he stated.

“It’s something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time. After many years riding in private teams it’s like we always do the best we can but it’s hard to compete sometimes when there are factory teams with better bikes. This is a good opportunity for me, and also for everyone else.”

West added: “I think it’s going to be good to watch because it’s going to be so close. The testing times are really close and I think the racing’s going to be crazy! It will be fun.”

Moto2, 2010, Anthony West, MZ Racing Team

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