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West performance at Le Mans brings hope to QMMF and Moriwaki

West performance at Le Mans brings hope to QMMF and Moriwaki

The soaking wet Monster Energy Grand Prix de France proved the ideal ground for rain specialist Anthony West to get not only his, but also his team’s best finish this season in seventh.

West steered his Moriwaki bike from 27th on the grid to seventh place, having briefly held fifth in the closing stages. The QMMF Racing Team has not had a dream start to the season, with West’s previous 16th place at Jerez being their best result bar the last.

The team, which is now the sole representative with Moriwaki chassis on the grid, will take heart from the fact that West was so competitive in the treacherous conditions. The Australian, who did not have the luxury of pre-season testing, has a reputation for being a very skilled wet weather rider, yet has stated the performance should help the team progress in all areas at future rounds.

Anthony West

"We had a problem with rear tyre grip in the warm-up this morning and tried to fix it with a different set-up for the race. The changes that we made improved things a little bit but not enough. On the opening laps of the race, I had the first few highsiders and was close to crashing on a few occasions, before I managed to find a way to ride the bike smoothly and more effectively. This way, I passed many riders and got closer to the front.

"Halfway through the race, the bike became a little easier to ride, but then the rain got stronger and I was close to crashing again. All in all, it must have been about ten times that I could have gone down, sometimes I was completely out of the seat with my feet off the footpegs. Trying to find enough grip was difficult and I was lucky to stay on. I was a bit angry when the group I was riding in re-passed me in the end and I lost two positions. The result could have been even better, but all things considered, I am still happy. It was good for the team to get this seventh place and I think we can build on this and continue from there!"

Moto2, 2012, Anthony West, QMMF Racing Team

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