Maiden Moto2™ podium for rain-master West

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Rain king Anthony West showed his fantastic skills on the wet Sepang circuit when he stormed to second place at the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix last Sunday, awarding his QMMF Racing Team with its best ever Grand Prix result.

The 31-year-old Australian started from 19th position on the grid and hunted down no less than ten other riders on the opening lap to break into the top ten. He continued with the same incredible place and moved up to sixth after lap two and fourth after lap three. An exciting battle with Italian Alex de Angelis, Briton Gino Rea and local hero Hafizh Syahrin unfolded that made the crowd cheer whenever the front group of four passed the grandstands. Two laps before the red flag halted the race, West left Rea and Syahrin behind to take the second spot on the podium behind race winner de Angelis.

Anthony West

“It’s a long time since I had a result like this and I’m very happy about my comeback on a Grand Prix podium. The last two years have been really difficult for me and at times, my confidence wasn’t great. But in the last two races, I started to feel really good with the Speed Up bike. This race now is the next push for me to finish the season strong. The race was crazy. On the first laps, I seemed to pass lots of people quite easily. Finally, I caught up with Gino and Alex. They were setting a good pace and I was quite happy just to stay behind them. It was difficult, because sometimes they did really good laps and other times, they were sliding around, so I decided to sit there and watch. The conditions were changing constantly; sometimes you could brake hard and other times the track was too slick to do anything. Towards the end, the rain was out of control and I didn’t think I was going to complete too many more laps. To see the red flags come out was a big relief!”

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