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West celebrates second place at home Grand Prix

West celebrates second place at home Grand Prix

Only one week after his podium finish at the wet Malaysian Grand Prix, QMMF Racing Team rider Anthony West proved his skills in sunny and dry conditions to take second place at his home Grand Prix of Australia last weekend.

The 31-year-old Queenslander started from ninth place on the grid, but quickly moved up within the leading pack of riders to take seventh spot on lap four and fourth place on lap five. 53,000 fans around the magnificent Phillip Island track cheered when he made his move on Marc Márquez - who was crowned as the new world champion after the race – and swept into third place with three laps to go. On the last lap, he rounded the day off with a successful attack on Scott Redding. West’s second place was his first podium success in dry conditions since the British Grand Prix back in 2003 in the 250cc category and it is also a milestone result for his QMMF Racing Team.

Anthony West

“What a fun race! Everybody was fighting really hard, but I kept cool and whilst they played with each other, I would sneak up inside of someone. The next lap, I would sneak up the inside of someone else. Once I reached fourth place, I thought the others would fight back. I could hear them, but I just kept pushing and pushing and finally they dropped off. Then I caught Marc Márquez: On Saturday I thought he was out of reach, but I take that back! Coming on to the straight, I felt really strong and the bike ran well.

“The Speed Up has been fast since I jumped on it and even though the bike of Márquez was always something special, I got him at the end of the main straight, which was a move that I really surprised myself with! In the Stoner corner, I could hold my speed flat out and I made up a lot of time going into Honda corner, where I got Scott Redding. All weekend long I felt strong and I knew I could maintain my pace throughout the race. The Speed Up really suits this fast and flowing track, but we are also pretty happy with the base set-up that we finally found for this bike!

“For me, this was a much better result than last week in Malaysia. The podium finish there was just a big confidence booster for me. I have been so down and this is what I needed to pump myself back up. Today, we achieved the real result that I wanted in the dry. Everybody keeps telling me that I am the wet man and the rain is coming and that’s good, but the truth is that I prefer to ride in the dry and that I’m very happy with this result.”

Moto2, 2012, AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Anthony West, QMMF Racing Team

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