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.