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Anthony West gets MotoGP ride for Phillip Island

Anthony West back on the MotoGP grid for home Australian round.
After losing his Moto2 seat, Anthony West will return to grand prix in the premier MotoGP class for his home Australian round.

West, dropped by QMMF after Misano, has revealed he is to replace the injured Karel Abraham on the AB Motoracing team's Open class Honda.

The former Kawasaki rider, who spent last weekend riding for MV Agusta in British Supersport, will be making his first MotoGP start since 2008.

West's attendancealso means there will be two Aussies on the Phillip Island grid, with fellow RC213V-RS rider Jack Miller nearing the end of his rookie season.

Japanese veteran Kousuke Akiyoshi is taking Abraham's place for this weekend's Japanese round at Motegi. Unlike the other Hondas the AB Motoracing bike uses Showa suspension and Nissin brakes, and is yet to score a point this season.

Rain-master West, who made his grand prix debut back in 1998, has claimed two grand prix wins and six podiums in the 250cc/Moto2 class.

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Ah choo. Rossi's no 1 sneeze!

October 08, 2015 9:19 AM

"why on earth give this to Westy" Let's see. GIve it to a rookie who would be lucky to be able to lap at a pace that a broken Abraham would manage, or give it to a guy with MotoGP experience who is a demon in the wet and could put it near or even on the podium if it was raining. At the very least, he'll give this team its best result ever by a mile in those conditions. He's also Australian and quite popular with Australians. So, if it's dry, at least you're going to get coverage from the local media which the sponsors will appreciate. He's also unemployed and, since that happened only a few weeks ago, he's still race fit. With the exception of Stoner, I couldn't think of anyone better they could have nabbed for the PI race. Give it to a young talent? The good young talent is already riding in Moto3 or Moto2! Who do you suggest they give the ride to?


October 08, 2015 12:22 PM

Are the numbers so low at Phillip Island that they are so desperate to put an Australian on track they will give a Motogp ride to West? Dorna must be footing the bill on this one. I find it incredible the AB team will give Westy a ride but the impressive young dutchman Van der Mark wasn't give the same opportunity at Assen. No harm to West but as a stand in, even as an Australian at Phillip Island, he won't generate a lot of interest or do much with the ride. However I'd have been genuinely intrigued to see what Van der Mark would have been capable of on a Motogp bike

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