Anthony West's 2012 racing plans have taken yet another twist with the Australian announcing he is quitting his Supersonic BMW BSB ride to return to Moto2!

The former 250GP and WSS race winner is to replace countryman Damian Cudlin at the QMMF Moriwaki team.

"It's great to be back in grand prix racing, with a team that operates on such a highly professional level and with the support of Moriwaki, one of the most experienced and highly regarded manufacturers", said the 30-year-old.

"We haven't had the chance to go through the pre-season preparations together, so we can't expect miracles at the team's home Grand Prix of Qatar next week. But I'm really excited about this opportunity and I'll push to the maximum to get the best possible result!"

West, a Moto2 racer with MZ for the past two seasons, had originally signed for a return to MotoGP with Speed Master this year, but lost that ride due to a lack of budget.

The former Kawasaki MotoGP rider then missed out on the Swan Yamaha BSB seat to Noriyuki Haga, before apparently finding an alternative British Superbike ride with Supersonic.

"My goal is and always has been grand prix Racing. I am sorry to turn my back on the BMW Supersonic Team, who gave me the chance to continue my career. At the same time, I am happy they understand my decision and I wish them all the best for this season," he said.

Cudlin, who had spoken of his delight at finally landing a grand prix ride last month, had been 31st out of the 33 riders in the final Jerez test. Lady racer team-mate Elena Rosell, not present on the final day, was last on combined times.

The QMMF team said that Cudlin "struggled throughout the pre-season to get the right feeling with the bike and to get closer to competitive lap times" and called the last-minute rider change "an unexpected and exciting turn of events".

Writing on his Twitter page, West said: "I'm sorry 4 Damian and I can understand his situation better then anyone... By the way I've been contacted by the QMMF team when they already closed their relationship with Cudlin."

West will make his QMMF debut during opening practice for the Qatar Moto2 night race, on Thursday April 5.

There is no news on who will replace West at Supersonic BMW, which is switching to BSB from WSBK this year and will run factory specification S1000RR machines supplied by BMW Motorrad Italia. Patric Muff was to be West's team-mate.

Writing on Facebook, West had this to say of his BSB exit:

"After testing with my BSB team and seeing what the situation was I will have no regrets leaving the Supersonic team. I will miss not racing the BMW as it is a very good bike and in the right team can win races.

"I would also like to say sorry to Dave Allenby for leaving and not getting the chance to work together as he and his crew are really good guys. And wish them and Patrick Muff all the best for the session."

29-year-old Cudlin, a regular in the Endurance World Championship who has also raced as a grand prix wild-card, described the QMMF decision as "classy".

A later posting then suggested Cudlin may be planning to fight his eviction:

"Thanks to everyone who has sent messages of support. Please don't think I'm being rude not responding, but I can't comment at the moment. Having to go into "social network hiding" until it's all cleared up. Stay tuned..."

Cudlin had himself taken the place of Ricky Cardus, who was announced as the second QMMF rider in the provisional Moto2 entry list in mid-January.

Former QMMF rider Mashel Al Naimi tweeted: "The team that change riders the most in the paddock is qmmf racing team.... Bad job."


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