MotoGP » West 'needs to justify place in MotoGP'.

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Maarten - Unregistered

July 22, 2008 4:24 PM

Kawasaki gambled on quick climate changes, including more rain. Though every round except Qatar and Laguna had wet sessions, only a few races were wet. Bad luck for Westy. An excellent rain rider, but ill equiped to set up a bike and ride it succesfully in the dry. Back to Supersports or WSBK, he will be much more happier and more succesfull over there. Too bad for him, but that's racing.

mike hunt - Unregistered

July 22, 2008 4:57 PM

West is a quality rider, hampered by the fact that the 2008 kawasaki is a pig on wheels.
In retrospect Westy would probably have been top 6 in WSS if he'd stayed there. Hope he gets a decent ride in 2009 (or even the second half of 2008 :-( )

Richard Gosinya - Unregistered

July 22, 2008 5:31 PM

Mike: A pig on wheels that Hacking rode to a better time, a better finish, and with much, much, much less set-up and practise time. don't blame the bike for AW failings. I hope the bike improves after the break. I hope AW lands on his feet.


Marc - Unregistered

July 22, 2008 5:59 PM

It would be interesting to see Kawi put Melandri on the bike once Ducati lets him go. Hopefully his confidence isn't too shot from his poor performance on the Duc. Too bad for Westy, I agree that WSS or WSB would be a better place for him.

Mike - Unregistered

July 22, 2008 6:11 PM

Nooo! Melandri's far too talented to end up on the Kawasaki - that bike just isn't competitive. He'll be wallowing mid-pack.

I'm not sure what happened to Marco this year, but just let Hayden and Melandri swap rides, and we should see some better racing :)

mike hunt - Unregistered

July 22, 2008 6:55 PM

Richard - There's a piece on or Autosport where its reported that Hacking has given exactly the same feedback(poor front end and harsh power delivery) on the Kawa as Hopper and Westy.
Maybe its that Hacking could ride round the bikes deficits better than West?
I hope that Anthony can reap the rewards for all the testing he has put in in Japan and that Kawasaki dont dump him and replace him with Melandri. I hope they run a third bike for Marco if he leaves Ducati.

edward - Unregistered

July 22, 2008 8:01 PM

It has to be devastating to Westy's self esteem that the oldest guy on the grid, in his first MotoGP race, should so outperform him. Granted that Jamie knows Leguna, but still a very poor ride from Ant. I am amazed that he is still riding the Kawa.

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