MotoGP » Moto2: West to stick with MZ Racing

The former Kawasaki MotoGP rider opts for a second season with the German/Italian squad having tested elsewhere at Valencia.

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pp916 - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 10:31 AM

'Formidable' is not a word I would use to describe the performance of either rider recently.....'performs well on rare occasions' may be more appropriate.
Things have got to change drastically for them to feature next season, both riders heads need sorting as much as the bikes....can't see it happening.

FarKana1 - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 12:24 PM

West is a proven race winner. If the bike is right and he has the team to support him. Look at his incredible streak in WSS on a bike he hadn't even ridden before. Westy's problem is qualifying - something that no-one not even he seems to have a handle on. With a competetive package look for Westy to be running towards the front of the field next year. Let's hope MZ can deliver. Westy certainly deserves some time in the sun after all his years of toiling with privateer and second rate bikes.

Paddles - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 11:02 PM

I hope Westy does well being an Aussie and all, but I don't think we'll ever see anything earth shattering out of him. Westy has been given some pretty good opportunities in the past and in anything other than supersport his performance has been pretty much mediocre. Our Aussie comentator's cry to us all that he's on inferior machinery but even when he's on reasonable machinery (granted that he's never had top shelf machinery) his results are still too inconsistent to call him a standout competitor worthy of a top shelf machine.

Mal - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 12:49 AM

Why doesn't BHP, Murdoch, Packer, Toll, etc support some of their Countrymen on the world stage. This way the Aussie Rider could buy thier way on to the more competative bike like the european riders

sokudo - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 1:03 AM

looks to me like a team destined to be underrated. west can turn in the occasional dazzler when needed, especially in the rain and neukirchner if nothing else will at least be a dark horse looking to start from scratch.

Paddles - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 1:27 AM


we simply don't have the massive population and large economy to make it worthwhile for an australian businessman to throw millions of dollars at an overseas sportsman that will gain him minimal return here in australia.

for instance casey stoner is hardly even a household name here, a BHP sponsorship is hardly going to make the chinese pay more for iron ore. however, if he was spanish he'd have a repsol deal, every third newborn boy in spain would be named casey and there'd be 40 million spanish fans ready to buy repsol oil.

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