22 December 2013
Moto2 Q&A - Anthony West
"WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] came in and tried to overrule the FIM decision... They felt that I should have my license taken away for two years. The situation was always at the back of my mind and I was pretty stressed about it" - Anthony West.
An exclusive interview with QMMF Moto2 rider Anthony West, in which the Australian gives an insight into his racing career before addressing the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to erase his results from May 2012 to October 2013, due to a prohibited stimulant consumed via an energy drink.
West had originally been disqualified from his seventh place finish at the 2012 French Grand Prix - the event at which he was tested - and handed a one-month ban, causing him to miss last year's Moto2 season finale.
However the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) then appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for a harsher punishment, calling for a 24 month period of 'ineligibility'.
Instead the CAS decided on an 18 month suspension, backdated to May 20, 2012, with the month previously served deducted. West's results during that period have now been 'invalidated', including two podiums finishes, but he can at least continue racing in 2014.
West, 32, made his full time grand prix debut in 1999, won the 2003 Dutch 250GP and spent one and a half seasons in MotoGP as a factory Kawasaki rider...
Where are you at the moment?
I was in Brisbane but in the last three days I've been driving up to Cairns at the very north of Australia. The weather's hot, tropical and sweaty so it's better than being in Europe at the moment.
Haven't you just been doing a fun scooter race?
Yeah, it's a 24 hour scooter race which I did with my brother and two mates. We just found a bike, a proper 50cc standard scooter with 12” wheels for $1000 and went racing. Unfortunately we blew up after seven hours.
I was trying to do it just for fun but when I turn up to races I really want to win. I got a bit serious, qualified in third and when I got on the bike I couldn't help trying, coming round corners sideways and legs hanging off the bike.
Troy Bayliss was just the same and almost crashed into the back of my brother, we were all trying pretty hard. There were some good riders there too like Troy, Gary McCoy, Jason Crump and quite a few Speedway riders. It was great fun watching their style.
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