Anthony West (motorcycle racer)

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Anthony West
2005 0513 Anthony West.jpg
Anthony West in 2005
Nationality  Australian
Current team QMMF Racing Team
Bike number 95
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2001, 20072008
Manufacturers Honda, Kawasaki
Championships 0
2008 Championship position 18th (50 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
43 0 0 0 0 136
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2010
Manufacturers MZ-RE-Honda, Moriwaki-Honda, Speed Up-Honda
Championships 0
2013 Championship position 21st (19 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
75 1 1 0 0 143
250cc World Championship
Active years 19992000, 20032007
Manufacturers TSR-Honda, Honda, Aprilia, KTM
Championships 0
2007 Championship position 19th (25 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
92 1 5 0 1 578
125cc World Championship
Active years 1998
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
1998 Championship position NC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0
Supersport World Championship
Active years 2004, 2007, 2009
2009 Championship position 7th
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 2 6 0 2 190

Anthony "Ant" West (born 17 July 1981 in Maryborough) is an Australian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He has won two races, the 2003 Dutch TT in the 250cc class, and the 2014 Dutch TT in the Moto2 class. He is known as "The Rain Man" because of his ability to ride well in the extreme wet, which he attributes to a dirt track racing background.[1]

500cc[edit]

In 2001, he was a 500cc rider for the Dee Cee Jeans Racing Team, scoring minor points in 12 of the 16 races to place 18th overall.

In 2002, he had a year away from motorcycling as he could not gather enough sponsorship to secure a factory Aprilia ride.

250cc[edit]

In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, West rode for the Italian Abruzzo Racing team, running a privateer Aprilia both years. 2003 was the more successful of the years, he won a race and achieved three additional podium places.

2005 was supposed to be his big break, but a factory deal with KTM saw him miss three quarters of the season due to a lack of development and several mechanical failures. However, West rode the KTM to a podium place on debut, placing second in the rain soaked British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

In 2006, West rode for the Kiefer Bos Racing team, again on a Privateer kit Aprilia due to a disagreement with KTM the year before, over the safety of the developmental 250cc bike.[citation needed]

2007[edit]

Early in the 2007 season, he rode in the 250cc World Championship on a semi-factory, LE Aprilia run by Matteoni Racing. A disappointing start to the season saw West unable to match the times he set on the Kiefer Bos bike in 2006, with a best result of ninth after the fourth round of seventeen, leading him to quit the team.

However, West enojoyed more success when, at the Monza round of the 2007 World Supersport Championship, he rode through the field from 18th on the grid to finish 3rd, while substituting for injured compatriot Kevin Curtain on his first visit to the track, on his first race aboard the Yamaha. Then, in the following World Supersport round at the historic Silverstone circuit, West secured victory in a wet race. He repeated this feat again at Misano.[2] He finished the championship in ninth place, despite only contesting three of the thirteen rounds.

Following the retirement of Olivier Jacque in June 2007, West was offered the position to race with the Kawasaki Racing Team in MotoGP and aboard the Ninja ZX-RR for the remainder of the season, buying out his contract with Yamaha.[3] He made a good debut at the British Grand Prix, reaching fourth position, but then crashing and eventually finishing 11th.[4] His first four races each saw him finish progressively higher, with seventh at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and eighth at the Sachsenring.[5] He was seventh again in the wet at Motegi, but could have been even higher. Starting 6th, he jumped the start fractionally – by the time the ride-through penalty was handed out, he was leading the race. Team-mate Randy de Puniet came second amidst an all-Bridgestone podium, emphasising the missed opportunity. In his home country's Grand Prix the Australian's error caused him to only finish 12th while compatriot Casey Stoner won aboard his Ducati.

At the following race in Malaysia, Sepang, West qualified an impressive fifth behind team-mate Randy de Puniet but was yet again given a ride through penalty, this time for lining up incorrectly on the starting grid. West climbed his way back through the field to 15th, capturing one championship point.

Anthony West riding a Kawasaki at the 2007 Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island

2008[edit]

West remained with Kawasaki full-time for 2008, joined by John Hopkins. However, he did not achieve great success, and spent much of the season as the last of the 18 regular riders in the championship. There was improvement at Brno however; he qualified sixth in the wet and carried the form over into a dry race, finishing fifth in a race dominated by Bridgestone tyred bikes.

2009[edit]

It had already been announced on the Saturday at Brno that West would not be riding for Kawasaki in the 2009 season. Kawasaki reportedly offered him a ride in another championship (which would likely be the Supersport World Championship, in which he competed briefly in 2007); West did not immediately reveal whether he had accepted or declined this offer.

Due to Kawasaki team manager Michael Bartholemy's stated desire to keep West in the Kawasaki family, West was rumoured to be an outside chance to ride a third Kawasaki in MotoGP, which would have been run by Jorge Martínez 'Aspar', who runs the Aspar 125cc and 250cc teams [1]. However, West was never officially mentioned and it transpired that Martinez and his sponsors were only interested in hiring a Spanish rider, a factor that resulted in the team's entry to MotoGP being postponed until after 2009 when no suitable rider could be found.

On 17 October 2008 it was announced that West had signed to ride for the Stiggy Honda team for the 2009 World Supersport Championship, cutting his ties with Kawasaki.[6]

For 2010 West races in the new Moto2 class.

2012[edit]

For 2012, West was scheduled to ride for the Speed Master team in MotoGP with their CRT Spec Aprilia RSV-4, however he failed to raise the sponsorship necessary and the ride went to Mattia Pasini. West then signed with Supersonic Racing, riding the BMW S1000RR in the British Superbike Championship after narrowly missing out on a ride with Swan Yamaha.

Further drama was to come however, when West's fellow countryman Damian Cudlin was dropped from the QMMF Moto2 Team after struggling with the Moriwaki machine in pre-season testing. West quickly signed with the team, less than a week before the season opener in Qatar. He subsequently left the British Superbike Championship to race in Moto2 full-time.

From Mugello onwards, West raced the Speed Up chassis in place of the struggling Moriwaki. He achieved two season best results of second at Malaysia and his home Grand Prix in Phillip Island.

On 31 October, it was announced that a sample that West had provided for testing at the French Grand Prix contained traces of methylhexanamine, a banned substance. West was stripped of his seventh place finish in the French Grand Prix and was banned from competing in any FIM-sanctioned race for one month.[7]

2013[edit]

For 2013, West continued with the QMMF Moto2 Team alongside Indonesian rider Rafid Topan Sucipto who replaced West at Valencia following his ban. In November 2013 the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency against the decision of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme to only ban West for one month following his positive drug test in 2012. The court retrospectively increased the ban to 18 months and all his results between 20 May 2012 and 19 October 2013 were voided.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Seas Class Moto Team Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
1998 125cc Honda RS125 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC  –
1999 250cc Honda NSR250 16 0 0 0 0 66 12th  –
2000 250cc Honda NSR250 16 0 0 0 0 146 6th  –
2001 500cc Honda NSR500 14 0 0 0 0 27 18th  –
2003 250cc Aprilia RSV 250 16 1 4 0 0 145 7th  –
2004 250cc Aprilia RSV 250 14 0 0 0 0 88 11th  –
2005 250cc Aprilia RSV 250 1 0 0 0 0 30 17th  –
Honda NSR250 1 0 0 0 0
KTM 250 FRR 5 0 1 0 1
2006 250cc Aprilia RSV 250 16 0 0 0 0 78 11th  –
2007 250cc Aprilia RSV 250 7 0 0 0 0 25 18th  –
MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Kawasaki Racing Team 11 0 0 0 0 59 15th  –
2008 MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Kawasaki Racing Team 18 0 0 0 0 50 18th  –
2010 Moto2 MZ Moto2 MZ Racing Team 17 0 0 0 0 26 23rd  –
2011 Moto2 MZ Moto2 MZ Racing Team 17 0 0 0 0 40 22nd  –
2012 Moto2 Moriwaki MD600 QMMF Racing Team 16 0 0 0 0 0 NC  –
Speed Up S12
2013 Moto2 Speed Up SF13 QMMF Racing Team 17 0 0 0 0 19 21st  –
2014 Moto2 Speed Up SF14 QMMF Racing Team 8 1 1 0 0 58* 8th*  –
Total 211 2 6 0 1 857 0
  • * Season in progress.

By class[edit]

Class Seas first GP first Pod first Win Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts WCh
125cc 1998 1998 Australia N/A N/A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
250cc 1999–2000, 2003–2007 1999 Malaysia 2003 Catalunya 2003 Netherlands 92 1 5 0 1 578 0
500cc 2001 2001 South Africa N/A N/A 14 0 0 0 0 27 0
MotoGP 2007–2008 2007 Britain N/A N/A 29 0 0 0 0 109 0
Moto2 2010– 2010 Qatar 2014 Netherlands 2014 Netherlands 75 1 1 0 0 143 0
Total 1998–2001, 2003–2007, 2010– 211 2 6 0 1 857 0

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
1998 125cc Honda JPN MAL SPA ITA FRA MAD NED GBR GER CZE IMO CAT AUS
Ret
ARG NC 0
1999 250cc TSR-Honda MAL
14
JPN
10
SPA
17
FRA
9
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
10
GBR
11
GER
6
CZE
15
IMO
15
VAL
9
AUS
10
RSA
9
BRA
Ret
ARG
8
12th 66
2000 250cc Honda RSA
5
MAL
6
JPN
6
SPA
5
FRA
5
ITA
7
CAT
9
NED
4
GBR
Ret
GER
10
CZE
10
POR
4
VAL
7
BRA
5
PAC
6
AUS
7
6th 146
2001 500cc Honda JPN RSA
14
SPA
15
FRA ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
15
GBR
14
GER
15
CZE
Ret
POR
12
VAL
13
PAC
14
AUS
12
MAL
12
BRA
13
18th 27
2003 250cc Aprilia JPN
Ret
RSA
6
SPA
5
FRA
7
ITA
9
CAT
3
NED
1
GBR
3
GER
6
CZE
Ret
POR
10
BRA
8
PAC
Ret
MAL
9
AUS
2
VAL
Ret
7th 145
2004 250cc Aprilia RSA
16
SPA
4
FRA
6
ITA
10
CAT
9
NED
6
BRA
Ret
GER
7
GBR
6
CZE
4
POR
6
JPN
Ret
QAT
Ret
MAL
Ret
AUS VAL 11th 88
2005 250cc Aprilia SPA POR CHN FRA
18
ITA CAT 17th 30
Honda NED
Ret
KTM GBR
2
GER
10
CZE
12
JPN
Ret
MAL
Ret
QAT AUS TUR VAL
2006 250cc Aprilia SPA
Ret
QAT
Ret
TUR
9
CHN
9
FRA
11
ITA
8
CAT
9
NED
8
GBR
9
GER
7
CZE
Ret
MAL
15
AUS
9
JPN
11
POR
9
VAL
19
11th 78
2007 250cc Aprilia QAT
13
SPA
9
CHN
Ret
TUR
13
FRA
10
ITA
10
CAT
21
19th 25
MotoGP Kawasaki GBR
11
NED
9
GER
8
USA
7
CZE
12
RSM
8
POR
12
JPN
7
AUS
12
MAL
15
VAL
16
15th 59
2008 MotoGP Kawasaki QAT
16
SPA
13
POR
16
CHN
17
FRA
14
ITA
15
CAT
12
GBR
10
NED
Ret
GER
10
USA
17
CZE
5
RSM
13
IND
11
JPN
15
AUS
12
MAL
12
VAL
17
18th 50
2010 Moto2 MZ-RE Honda QAT
Ret
SPA
15
FRA
26
ITA
27
GBR
17
NED
Ret
CAT
9
GER
13
CZE
18
IND
10
RSM
17
ARA
21
JPN
23
MAL
24
AUS
21
POR
7
VAL
27
23rd 26
2011 Moto2 MZ-RE Honda QAT
Ret
SPA
11
POR
27
FRA
25
CAT
22
GBR
Ret
NED
4
ITA
21
GER
23
CZE
29
IND
26
RSM
27
ARA
11
JPN
12
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
4
22nd 40
2012 Moto2 Moriwaki QAT
25
SPA
16
POR
17
FRA
DSQ
CAT
DSQ
GBR
DSQ
NED
DSQ
GER
DSQ
NC 0
Speed Up ITA
DSQ
IND
DSQ
CZE
DSQ
RSM
DSQ
ARA
DSQ
JPN
DSQ
MAL
DSQ
AUS
DSQ
VAL
2013 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
DSQ
AME
DSQ
SPA
DSQ
FRA
DSQ
ITA
DSQ
CAT
DSQ
NED
DSQ
GER
DSQ
IND
DSQ
CZE
DSQ
GBR
DSQ
RSM
DSQ
ARA
DSQ
MAL
DSQ
AUS
10
JPN
11
VAL
8
21st 19
2014 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
9
AME
7
ARG
12
SPA
11
FRA
14
ITA
18
CAT
10
NED
1
GER
IND
CZE
GBR
RSM
ARA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
8th* 58*
  • * Season in progress.

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
2004 Honda ESP AUS SMR ITA GER GBR EUR
9
NED ITA FRA 32nd 7
2007 Yamaha QAT AUS EUR SPA NED ITA
3
GBR
1
SMR
1
CZE GBR GER ITA FRA 9th 66
2009 Honda AUS
3
QAT
9
SPA
2
NED
7
ITA
Ret
RSA
8
USA
10
SMR
7
GBR
Ret
CZE
2
GER
15
ITA
8
FRA
4
POR 7th 117

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Quick Chat with Rainmeister Ant West". Bike Sport News. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  2. ^ "West to replace Jacque at Kawasaki". gpupdate.net. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Anthony West gets a Kawasaki MotoGP Ride for the remainder of the season". Daily Motos. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  4. ^ "West reckons victory was possible". autosport.com. 24 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  5. ^ "KAWASAKI CELEBRATE A TOP TEN TRIPLE AT LAGUNA". motorsport.com. 22 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.carolenash.com/insidebikes/bike-sport/west-signs-with-stiggy.htm
  7. ^ "Moto2 rider Anthony West suspended for doping". autosport.com. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  8. ^ McLaren, Peter (28 November 2013). "Anthony West loses results after Anti-Doping appeal". Crash.net (Crash Media Group). Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

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