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KTM makes dream debut with a second place for Anthony West

KTM makes dream debut with a second place for Anthony West

KTM makes dream debut with a second place for Anthony West

Australia rider Anthony West gave the new Red Bull KTM 250 machine a dream debut with a storming second place in todays rain soaked British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

West demonstrated master control on the water-logged track as he staged a breathtaking battle against Frenchman Randy de Puniet and fellow Australian Casey Stoner. In the dramatic final two laps, West fought out a tough duel against De Puniet, who won the race by just 1.2 seconds with Stoner in third place, putting two Australians on the 250cc podium for the first time in history.

Ive waited so long to race the Red Bull KTM and today made the wait worthwhile, the bike is very good and will only get better from here, said the elated Aussie. The track was unbelievably slippery and at the end of every lap I just thought: Thats a relief, Ive finished another lap. I was just hoping to get some points today so second place is a big bonus for both me and the KTM team.

The KTM chassis is so predictable, with the handling and on the brakes, and this was a big help in these conditions. And I like riding in the rain, the bike slides around a lot, which is like dirt track and motocross where you learn throttle control. A couple of times I thought about slowing down to make sure I finished but decided to keep racing with De Puniet and Casey.

The result was the perfect debut for the new KTM 250 GP bike developed in Austria by technical and managing director Harald Bartol and his team. Second place on the podium for West came just over an hour after Julian Simon had won the 125cc British GP, also on a KTM.

That was an unbelievable race and perfect result by Anthony, said Bartol. I knew in these very wet conditions that Anthony would be up the front so I was just hoping that the bike had no problems. This result is a reward for all the hard work by everyone in the Red Bull KTM team and a big motivation for the future. It is the best thing that could have happened.

250cc, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Anthony West

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